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Window Peeping in Boulder County | Criminal Defense

Posted by Kyle B. Sawyer | Oct 20, 2021 | 0 Comments

Window peeping is a crime in Boulder, Longmont, and Louisville that involves viewing or photographing someone's intimate parts without their knowledge. Charged as invasion of privacy for sexual gratification, substantial penalties exist for a conviction. Restrooms, locker rooms, and even windows of a residence are common spaces where this offense occurs. Earlier this week, a man in Colorado allegedly climbed a tree to look through the window of a home. After being confronted, reports claim he fled on a bike and fired a gun causing a small amount of property damage. If you or someone you know is facing accusations of window peeping in Boulder, Larimer, or Weld County, talk to a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.

Boulder Invasion of Privacy Law

Boulder County's invasion of privacy for sexual gratification law prohibits watching someone undress in a private location without their consent. CRS 18-3-405.6 defines Peeping Tom behaviors throughout the state of Colorado. Law enforcement will pursue a charge if they believe you:

  • knowingly observed or took a picture,
  • of another's intimate parts without their consent,
  • where they have a reasonable expectation of privacy,
  • for the purpose of your sexual gratification

Nanny cams placed in homes and recording devices hidden in public restrooms and gym locker rooms aren't uncommon in these cases. However, simply observing or viewing someone's private parts while they change, bathe, or undress is also unlawful.

How Serious is Window Peeping in Boulder?

Most cases of invasion of privacy for sexual gratification are a class 1 misdemeanor. However, as an extraordinary risk crime, the penalties are heightened. A conviction for a defendant can lead to:

  • a county jail sentence of 6 – 24 months,
  • fines of $500 – $5,000,
  • sex offender registration (minimum of 5 years)

If a defendant has a prior conviction for a sex crime or observed or photographed someone 14 or younger (and were 4+ years older than the alleged victim at the time), a class 6 felony applies. A conviction in these cases can result in up to 2 years in prison, fines of $1K – $100K, and sex offender registration for a minimum of 10 years.

Boulder's Top Criminal Defense Attorney

When facing a sex crime allegation in Boulder, Weld, or Larimer County, skilled representation is a must. Sawyer Legal Group has handled hundreds of sex cases, each time striving for the best possible outcome for our client. Our reviews speak for themselves. Perhaps there wasn't an expectation of privacy at the specific location, the alleged victim consented, or what you were doing had nothing to do with your sexual gratification. Nevertheless, contact our office today for a free, confidential consultation with an experienced attorney. We offer same-day jail visits, affordable fees, and flexible payment plans for the accused throughout Boulder, Westminster, Longmont, and Broomfield.

Don't talk to police about window peeping accusations – talk to us. 303-830-0880

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About the Author

Kyle B. Sawyer

I have a passion for defending others in criminal cases. I am able to empathize with my clients and understand their emotions and fears. I have a unique perspective on the criminal justice system and I understand what it feels like to be wrongly accused of a crime.


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