Voyeurism charges in Colorado often stem from ‘peeping tom' behaviors. Recording people undressing without their knowledge or watching them change clothes from a window is unlawful in Denver, Aurora, and Lakewood. In Colorado, this offense is invasion of privacy for sexual gratification. Earlier this month, a businessman was arrested in a hotel after supposedly sliding a small camera underneath the adjoining door to the next room and recording two women undressing after returning from the beach. Any allegations of this nature require skilled representation from an experienced voyeurism attorney.
Colorado Law Against Voyeurism
Colorado's law against voyeurism is found in CRS 18-3-405.6. This law prohibits viewing, photographing, or videoing someone's private parts without their authorization. You commit the crime of invasion of privacy for sexual gratification in Denver, Aurora, or Lakewood if you:
- knowingly observe or take a picture,
- of someone's intimate parts without their consent,
- in a location with a reasonable expectation of privacy
Common places where this crime occurs include locker rooms, dressing rooms, bathrooms, hotel rooms, and even through windows. A key element a prosecutor must prove in these cases is that the actions were taken for the purpose of your own sexual gratification.
Is Voyeurism a Misdemeanor or Felony in Colorado?
Acts of voyeurism in Colorado are at minimum a class 1 misdemeanor. Additionally, this offense is an extraordinary risk crime, adding to the potential consequences. A conviction can result in:
- up to 2 years in county jail,
- a maximum fine of $5K,
- sex offender registration
However, with a prior conviction for a sex crime or if the victim was under 15, the offense becomes a class 6 felony. Sentencing in these cases can include up to 2 years in DOC and substantially higher fines.
Attorney for Colorado Voyeurism Charges
Voyeurism charges are serious and seeking a reputable defense attorney is a must. We have decades of combined experience successfully representing clients facing sex crime charges throughout Colorado. Perhaps you didn't take the pic, there wasn't a reasonable expectation of privacy, or it wasn't for sexual gratification. That said, contact our office for a free, confidential consultation. Our careful analysis of your case and recommendations for next steps often leave clients feeling a bit more at ease about their situation. Our competitive fees and flexible payment plans also make strategic representation a reality in these uncertain times.
So, if you or someone you know is facing an allegation of voyeurism in Colorado, be smart. Contact the highly-rated criminal lawyers at Sawyer Legal Group, LLC at 303-830-0880. Together, we can protect your future.
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