Taking photos of someone's intimate body parts without their permission is criminal invasion of privacy throughout Arapahoe County. Additionally, simply observing another's private parts in a location where they expect privacy is unlawful as well. With many homes inside housing developments getting closer and closer in proximity, wandering eyes or a quick photo with your smartphone can be costly. This offense grows in severity if the intent behind the viewing or photography was for the purpose of sexual gratification. Consulting a skilled defense attorney is crucial when facing criminal invasion of privacy charges in Colorado.
Arapahoe County Criminal Invasion of Privacy
Arapahoe County's criminal invasion of privacy law makes it unlawful to view or photograph specific body parts of others without their authorization. C.R.S. 18-7-801 defines the specific acts of privacy invasion in Colorado. You commit this crime in Aurora, Englewood, or Centennial if you:
- knowingly observe or photograph,
- someone's external genitalia, perineum, anus, butt, pubic area, or breasts,
- without their consent
Hidden cameras are common examples of criminal invasion of privacy. When they're placed in private locations like bathrooms, locker rooms, or purposefully pointed at windows where people undress, criminal charges can follow. Even if the defendant never views the footage or pictures, charges of criminal invasion of privacy can result. The location and expectation of privacy are key elements of this offense.
Is Criminal Invasion of Privacy a Misdemeanor in Colorado?
Criminal invasion of privacy is a class 2 misdemeanor in Aurora, Littleton, and Centennial. A conviction can result in up to 12 months in county jail and a maximum fine of $1,000. However, if the viewing or photos were for the purpose of sexual gratification, a class 1 misdemeanor results. Furthermore, invasion of privacy for sexual gratification charges can turn into a felony if the defendant has prior convictions or the pictures are of someone 14 or younger. In many cases, sex offender registration also becomes an added consequence. This can be especially isolating, blocking employment opportunities, limiting your whereabouts, and leading to harmful assumptions from community members.
Arapahoe County Criminal Defense Attorneys
A criminal invasion of privacy charge needs careful attention from both the defendant and an experienced defense attorney. Securing our representation early on in a case has many benefits and can lead to a better outcome. Perhaps the images were captured accidentally or they weren't for anyone's sexual gratification. Nevertheless, contact our office for a free consultation. We will carefully look over your invasion of privacy case, as well as suggest next steps. Our affordable fees and flexible payment plans make strategic representation possible for individuals facing allegations throughout Colorado.
If you or someone you know is facing criminal invasion of privacy charges, the time to act is now. Contact a determined criminal lawyer at Sawyer Legal Group, LLC at 303-830-0880. Together, we can protect your future.
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