Frequently Asked Questions By Individuals Charged With Lewdness at Gunnison Beach

There are many lewdness charges issued annually by Federal Park Rangers stationed at Gunnison Beach on Sandy Hook.  Our firm, the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, is one of the largest criminal defense firms in New Jersey with offices in both Newark and Red Bank, and receive many inquiries from individuals arrested for lewd conduct at the nude beach. The following are some of the more frequently asked questions by individuals charged in this manner. If you would like to discuss a case in more detail with one of our Gunnison Beach lewdness lawyers, contact our office at 877-450-8301. Your initial consultation with an attorney is without charge.

Why Is My Case Being Heard In Federal District Court in Newark Instead of Middletown Municipal Court?

Gunnison Beach is owned and operated by the federal government as a component of the Sandy Hook unit of the Gateway National Recreation Area. Jurisdiction over criminal violations therefore falls under the authority of the United States Department of Justice. The closest courthouse where federal charges are handled is the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.

Is State Or Federal Law Used To Determine Whether I Am Innocent Or Guilty?

Public lewdness is prohibited at Federal Parks, Forests and Public Property under the United States Code of Federal Regulation at 36 CFR 7.29(c). Although this law is directly on point, the federal judge typically “assimilates” New Jersey law and applies N.J.S.A. 2C:14-4 (“Lewdness”).

Will I Have A Criminal Record If I Am Convicted Of Lewdness In Federal District Court?

Yes. A conviction for lewdness is a misdemeanor/disorderly persons offense that results in a criminal record. When someone performs a criminal background check, there will be a conviction for “lewdness” that is reflected.

What Are The Potential Penalties For Engaging in Lewdness at Gunnison Beach?

In addition to the criminal record for lewdness which can be potentially devastating, the penalties that may be imposed include up to 6 months in jail, a $1,000 fine, community service, counseling and/or probation.

Can I Obtain A Federal Diversion Of My Gunnison Lewdness Charge?

Although there is a federal diversion program similar to conditional dismissal that is available when someone is facing a Sandy Hook criminal charge, the court does not permit use of the program in lewdness cases historically. The attorney defending the charge must therefore attack the offense directly if a conviction is to be avoided.

Lewdness Lawyers for a Charge at Gunnison Beach

We certainly hope the information that has been provided by our lawyers on this page has been informative. If you are seeking additional details concerning a lewdness offense arising at Gunnison Beach or anywhere else in New Jersey, an attorney at the Marshall firm is ready to discuss your matter.  Attorneys are available immediately at 877-450-8301.