The Sex Crime of Voyeurism
In today’s digital age, people have instant access to recording devices that can capture people in various states of undress without their knowledge. Voyeurism is a sex crime that can be punishable by jail.
Voyeurism refers to “spying" on people for the purpose of sexual stimulation. Voyeurism involves invading a person’s privacy by watching, and/or recording them without their knowledge or consent. In years past, male voyeurs were called “Peeping Toms," but with today’s modern technology, voyeurism has reached a whole other level.
Voyeurism can take place in a variety of different settings, and it can be recorded, or distributed on a variety of different levels. It can involve spying on women as they change in dressing rooms, it can include placing hidden cameras where the voyeur can look up women’s skirts, it can include taking pictures, or recording people as they change, or shower in locker rooms, or as people use the restroom. It can also involve taking pictures, or recording people at various states of undress or during sexual activity.
A person doesn’t have to commit this crime in public, or outside their home to be found guilty. A homeowner or landlord can violate the law by installing cameras in their own home to tape tenants, or people can spy on, and record their own roommates while they undress, go to the bathroom, take showers, or during sexual activity. A person can violate somebody else’s privacy, and violate the law whether they are in a public place, or in their private home.
People are allowed to have a certain level of privacy when it comes to their body parts, and their private sexual activity. In fact, a person can be charged with voyeurism even when they surreptitiously record their own sexual encounter, when the other party is being taped without their knowledge and consent.
Human beings are visual creatures, and have always been guilty of watching other people. Unfortunately, with digital technology, voyeurism can have so many implications for the voyeur himself or herself. An image captured on a cell phone, or smaller recording device can wind up on the internet in a matter of seconds and be distributed across the globe, thus thoroughly invading the victim’s privacy.
Voyeurism is a sex crime, and if convicted, a person can be charged with either a misdemeanor or felony offense. Either way, the suspect can be forced to go to jail, pay fines, attend court-ordered counseling, and be placed on probation. Furthermore, a person convicted of voyeurism could be made to register as a sex offender. Mandatory sex offender registration creates incredible obstacles for the offender, and will make life extremely difficult and unpleasant for the accused.
If you were arrested for voyeurism, it is important not to take these charges lightly. Even if the actual offense was rather innocent, or if you had no idea what the legal ramifications were, you could still be facing jail time, and a permanent criminal record. A simple lapse in judgment can lead to a lifetime of consequence if you are ultimately convicted of voyeurism. How would a criminal conviction affect your personal life, your family, your reputation and your career? Hiring a skilled criminal defense attorney will be your first line of defense in combating the charges against you. You are urged to contact a criminal defense lawyer before things get too out of hand.