Posting intimate photos of someone without their permission is unlawful throughout El Paso, Teller, and Douglas County. Sometimes referred to as revenge porn, placing certain images or videos on social media or dating websites can be costly. Earlier this month, a patrol officer was arrested in Colorado for allegedly posting intimate images of a woman on his Tumblr page. When photos or recordings of this nature are meant to remain private and the victim experiences serious emotional distress due to them becoming public, criminal charges can follow. If you or someone you know is being accused of posting intimate images for harassment, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to discuss your situation.
Posting a Private Image for Harassment in El Paso County
El Paso County's revenge porn law prohibits posting or distributing sexual images of someone without their consent. CRS 18-7-107 addresses posting a private image for harassment in Colorado Springs, Fountain, and Security-Widefield:
(1)(a) An actor who is 18 years of age or older commits the offense of posting a private image for harassment if he or she posts or distributes through the use of social media or any website any photograph, video, or other image displaying the private intimate parts of an identified or identifiable person 18 years of age or older or an image displaying sexual acts of an identified or identifiable person:
(I) With the intent to harass, intimidate, or coerce the depicted person;
(II)(A) Without the depicted person's consent; or
(B) When the actor knew or should have known that the depicted person had a reasonable expectation that the image would remain private; and
(III) The conduct results in serious emotional distress of the depicted person.
Intimate parts include external genitalia, the perineum, anus, or pubes, or a female's breast(s). If the images don't show these parts but include some type of sexual act, charges can still follow.
How Bad is Revenge Porn in Colorado Springs?
Each revenge porn case in Colorado is different. As a result, penalties often differ from case to case. Posting a private image for harassment is a class 1 misdemeanor, possibly resulting in:
- up to 18 months in county jail,
- a maximum fine of $10K
Additionally, there can be ramifications from civil actions in these cases as well.
Lawyer for Posting Private Images
If someone accuses you of posting private images online you need strategic representation. Our criminal lawyers have decades of combined experience in these cases and are prepared for your case. Our reviews truly speak for themselves. Perhaps the alleged victim gave their consent to posting the images or you're being falsely accused. Nevertheless, contact our office for a free, confidential consultation. We will carefully analyze your case, as well as recommend next steps in your defense. Our affordable fees and flexible payment plans make hiring a skilled attorney a reality in these uncertain times.
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