Washington State Voyeurism Lawyers
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What is "Voyeurism"?
Voyeurism is the act of observing an unsuspecting person who is disrobing, naked, or engaging in sexual activity. The observation is done for the observer’s sexual gratification. In Washington State, a person who is caught committing these acts can be charged with the crime of “voyeurism.”
What Does the State have to Prove to Convict Me of Voyeurism?
To convict a defendant of a voyeurism, the must defendant knowingly view, photographers, or films the victim for sexual gratification and:
- View intimate areas of the victim’s body without their consent;
- The victim has no knowledge they are being looked at;
- The victim is in an area where they have a reasonable expectation of privacy.
What Does “Intimate Areas” Mean?
Under State law, “intimate areas” is defined as any portion of a person’s body that is often covered by clothing and intended to be protected from public view. This includes a person being naked or wearing undergarments.
What Does “Views” Mean?
In Washington State, “to view” means to intentionally look at a person for more than a brief period of time or causal manner. The defendant can be guilty of viewing the victim if they use a device or their naked eye.
What is a Place of “Reasonable Expectation of Privacy”?
A place of reasonable expectation of privacy is where a person can reasonable expect to be safe from outside intrusion or public view.
What is the Punishment for Voyeurism in Washington State?
In Washington State, voyeurism is charged as a class C felony, and it is punishable by five years in prison and/or fine of up to $10,000. After the defendant is convicted, the court may order all films, photographs, films, videotapes, or digital images of the victim to be destroyed.
Do I Need a Lawyer for My Case?
Yes. Voyeurism is a serious charge with possible long-term repercussions. Contact a criminal lawyer to help you fight your voyeurism case.
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Last Modified: 08-03-2016 11:40 AM PDT
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