With advancements in technology over the past few years, taking still photographs and videos is easier than ever before. Camera cell phones were once reserved for high-end products but are now a common feature on almost every brand and model on the market. And with these easily available and often discrete cameras comes an increased awareness of video voyeurism, or watching and videoing someone in a private space without their consent.
If you feel you have been wrongly charged with voyeurism, you need the help of an experienced attorney. Contact the criminal defense attorneys to discuss your legal options.
Florida Video Voyeurism Laws
A state bill passed in 2008 officially upgraded video voyeurism from a misdemeanor offense to a third degree felony sex offender crime in order to protect young children from possible sex offenders. The bill specifically targets the following individuals who are:
- Over the age of 18 who commit video voyeurism against minors under the age of 16 who are in their custody
- Over the age of 24 who commit the crime against a minor 16 years of age or younger
- Over 18 years of age and also employed by a school who commits the crime against a student
State law defines a “private place” as a bathroom, changing room, locker room, or anywhere else that someone can take his or her clothes off and not worry that someone may be able to see them.