Last month, a New York man was arrested and charged with the Colorado equivalent of Invasion of Privacy for Sexual Gratification – C.R.S. 18-3-405.6. According to reports, he had planted a hidden camera in a women's restroom. If this offense had taken place in Denver, Arapahoe or Douglas County, the man would be facing a class 1 misdemeanor. Because this crime is a sex offense, he would also be facing sex offender registration and treatment. The consequences of a sex offense conviction are life-changing. If you have been charged with any sexual offense, it is important to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately to defend your future.
What is Invasion of Privacy for Sexual Gratification?
You will be charged with this sex offense in Jefferson, Adams or Larimer County if you observe, or take a photograph (or video, live feed, webcam, etc.) of a person's intimate parts without their consent, in a situation where the person had a reasonable expectation of privacy, for the purpose of your own sexual gratification.
What is the Sentence for Invasion of Privacy for Sexual Gratification?
This offense is a class 1 misdemeanor in most cases. There are a couple exceptions, however, in which this crime is a class 6 felony:
- If the person committing the crime has a previous conviction for another sex offense, such as Sexual Assault on a Child, Rape, or Internet Luring of a Child.
- If the person committed the crime against a person under the age of 15 (and if the person committing the crime is more than 4 years older than the alleged victim).
Sex Offender Registration and Treatment
Regardless of the severity of the offense, any person convicted of Invasion of Privacy for Sexual Gratification will be required to register as a sex offender and go through sex offender treatment. Both these consequences have an enormous impact on a person's future. A registered sex offender can have a difficult time finding housing or a job. Also, the general public does not have a favorable or merciful view towards registered sex offenders. Sex offender treatment is harsh and difficult to undergo. It is overseen by the Sex Offender Management Board (SOMB) which approaches all sex offenders as “dangerous, covert, secretive,” and incurable. If you have been charged with a sex offense in Otero, El Paso, or Park County – contact one of our criminal defense attorneys immediately.
Hidden Cameras = Serious Charges
If you have been accused of planting a hidden camera, be smart and contact an experienced criminal lawyer immediately. A conviction of Invasion of Privacy for Sexual Gratification is not to be taken lightly. An experienced criminal defense attorney can fight for your future in court.
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