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What is Voyeurism?
Voyeurism is the act of observing an unsuspecting individual who may be undressing, naked, or engaging in sexual activity for self-gratification. The victim is generally a stranger, but it can be a person the voyeur knows.
Voyeurism is a sex crime in many states. A sex crime such as sexual abuse is done with the intent to humiliate or sexually arouse the desire of any person. However, not every type of sex abuse involves touching a victim. Voyeurism is considered a type of abuse done for the sexual gratification of another.
Is Voyeurism the Same As Stalking?
No. Stalking is defined as a pattern of behavior done to intentionally annoy, harass, or scare someone. The unwanted behavior is done to place the victim in fear of the behavior resulting in some form of harm such as injury or death to the victim or family members. In contrast, a defendant who is accused of voyeurism often doesn't wish to be discovered at all by his or her victims.
Is There a Difference between Voyeurism and Video Voyeurism?
Yes. Video voyeurism is done with some kind of recording device such as a phone or camera.
I have a Nanny Cam in My Home, is this Considered Voyeurism?
It depends. The term “nanny cam” is used to describe tiny hidden cameras used in homes for the purposes of monitoring the interaction between a babysitter and children. It isn’t a criminal act to record video of the happenings in one's own home. However, audio recordings aren’t permitted in many states.
It is a criminal act if the recording device is placed in the area of a home where there’s an expectation of privacy. These areas include bathrooms and bedrooms.
What are the Criminal Penalties for Voyeurism Conviction?
The severity of the punishment depends on the jurisdiction and whether it’s a misdemeanor or felony.
Should I Contact an Attorney for Help with My Voyeurism Charge?
Yes. To determine how to fight the charge, contact a criminal defense attorney.
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Last Modified: 08-03-2016 11:58 AM PDT
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