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Woman facing criminal charges after baring breasts

A New Jersey woman has been charged with lewdness after allegedly exposing her breasts in the middle of the road on March 6. The woman, age 56, reportedly pulled up her shirt and bra after stepping out of a vehicle on Lexington Boulevard in Barnegat. Security cameras caught the woman's late-night activities. She will be mounting a criminal defense against the lewdness charge as well as additional charges related to an outstanding warrant.

A police officer found the woman and her car shortly after the incident, and the woman was immediately taken into custody.

Authorities report that the woman bared her breasts and flashed her middle fingers at the cameras during her late-night trip. She remained in custody nearly a week after the incident, and she is currently being held in the Atlantic County Jail. Police officers have declined to release a photo of the subject in order to maintain integrity for potential jury selection.

In this case, several security cameras can be used to confirm the woman's identity. The nature of the evidence related to this crime would probably dictate a guilty plea from the woman. It is not yet clear whether the lewdness charge she faces is a felony or misdemeanor; however, if she enters a guilty plea, it is possible that prosecutors will lower the severity of the charge. Furthermore, the woman could avoid jail time altogether if she pleads guilty, instead serving extended probation.

It is not clear whether the lewdness charge will qualify the woman as a sex offender. If that is the case, she may have more motivation to challenge the charges through a not-guilty plea. Criminal defense for sex offenses can be notoriously difficult. Additionally, sex crimes can follow even minor offenders for the rest of their lives as they may be required to register whenever they move.

The woman would benefit from consulting with a qualified attorney to decipher her legal options.

Source: Asbury Park Press, "Barnegat woman's bare breasts lead to lewdness charge, warrant arrest" March 12, 2013

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