The law is complex. If you or a loved one is facing Invasion of Privacy for Sexual Gratification charges in Denver, Arapahoe, or Jefferson County, it can be difficult to get a good grasp on the charges you're facing and what they mean for your future. That's where we come in. The expert criminal defense lawyers at the O'Malley Law Office understand your frustration, which is why we write the simplified law blog posts, which provide you with a simple definition of a crime, and give you common scenarios when it is charged in Denver, Pitkin, and Broomfield County. Let's look at the definition of this sex offense in detail.
The Lawyer's Definition of Invasion of Privacy for Sexual Gratification
The legal jargon:“(1) A person who knowingly observes or takes a photograph of another person's intimate parts without that person's consent, in a situation where the person observed or photographed has a reasonable expectation of privacy, for the purpose of the observer's own sexual gratification, commits unlawful invasion of privacy for sexual gratification.”
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The Simple Definition of Invasion of Privacy for Sexual Gratification
The simplified version:“A person will be charged with invasion of privacy for sexual gratification if they observe or take a picture of another person's private parts in the following circumstances:
- The person being photographed has a reasonable expectation of privacy.
- The observation or photos are for the purpose of the observer's sexual gratification.”
Definition of “Photograph”
Because it is crucial to Invasion of Privacy for Sexual Gratification charges, it is important to define the term “photograph” in the statute. Let's take a closer look at the statute – C.R.S. 18-3-405.6:
“…photograph” includes a photograph, motion picture, videotape, live feed, print, negative, slide, or other mechanically, electronically, or chemically produced or reproduced visual material.”
Simply put (because that's what this blog is all about), it includes footage from video cameras, cell phone cameras, web cams, etc.
Examples of Invasion of Privacy for Sexual Gratification Charges
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Tim lives in a nice neighborhood in Highlands Ranch. One day, while outside enjoying his deck, Tim notices the girl who lives next door walking outside wrapped in a towel. She disappears behind a fenced portion of her yard. Curious, Tim goes into his own yard and finds a hole in the fence to peer through; it is as he thought – the girl is sunbathing in the nude. He didn't mean to see her, but now Tim can't get it out of his head. Every time she heads outside on a sunny day, he goes into his own yard to hopefully get a glimpse. Unfortunately, the girl has a little brother, who spots Tim's peeping. The police are called, and Tim is now facing Invasion of Privacy for Sexual Gratification charges in Douglas County.
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Keep an Eye Out
Rick owns a restaurant in downtown Littleton. His business is running smoothly, but then Rick starts getting complaints from the staff about his chef – apparently, she is acting erratically. Concerned she might be doing drugs at work, Rick installs a hidden camera in the women's bathroom where he thinks she might be shooting up. He's tried talking to her in the past, but she denies everything. By installing the camera, he hopes he'll catch her in the act. A waitress at the restaurant spots the camera one day and calls the police. Despite explaining the camera wasn't for sexual purposes, Rick finds he is facing Invasion of Privacy for Sexual Gratification charges in Jefferson County.Invasion of Privacy for Sexual Gratification is a sex offense, resulting in registration and treatment.
Why You Need a Lawyer for Invasion of Privacy for Sexual Gratification Charges
Sex offenses are complex crimes in Adams, Boulder, and El Paso County. And, because of the nature of the crime, people tend to get emotional and let their emotions get the best of them in the courtroom. It can be difficult to get a judge or jury to hear and accept your defense, which is why is it vital that you have an advocate fighting on your behalf. Also, Invasion of Privacy for Sexual Gratification is a sexual offense in Colorado, meaning, upon conviction you will be required to:
Register as a Sex Offender
Undergo Sex Offender Treatment supervised by the SOMB (Sex Offender Management Board)
In most cases, Invasion of Privacy for Sexual Gratification is a class 1 misdemeanor extraordinary risk crime. And, while misdemeanors are less serious than felony charges, this crime's designation as a sex crime makes it more serious. Fight the charges against you and protect your future by contacting one of the best criminal defense attorneys to represent you in the courtroom.
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If you or a loved one is facing Invasion of Privacy for Sexual Gratification charges, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at the O'Malley Law Office for a free consultation at 303-830-0880. Together, we can protect your future.Request a Free Consultation