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Unlawful surveillance is a very seedy crime that involves recording individuals for nefarious purposes. With these crimes, the person hides a camera to view, record and broadcast someone in a public facility like a bathroom or dressing room where all of their private parts are showing. This is a common crime committed by voyeurs who either use the tape for their own gratification or to embarrass the person in question. An individual accused of such crimes can face a long time in jail, a stiff fine or both.
Unlawful surveillance crimes are considered Class E Felonies punishable by up to 7 years in prison. There are different degrees of unlawful surveillance that come with fines and jail time. With an unlawful surveillance crime, it is immaterial whether or not the filming or recording was done due to ill will or revenge. The defendant will still face harsh charges. It is imperative that you seek out a proper defense attorney as soon as you can. Only an attorney experienced in video surveillance laws can present a defense to keep you out of prison.
Dissemination of an unlawful surveillance image in the second degree is a crime where a person unlawfully broadcasts or distributes material of a sexual nature about someone without their knowledge. This is a Class A Misdemeanor punishable up to 1 year in prison and a fine up to $1,000. Unlawful surveillance image in the first degree is unlawfully broadcasting and distributing illegally obtained sexual images. It becomes a Class E Felony punishable by 10 years in prison if you have already been charged with this crime in the last 5 years.
There is a difference between federal and state statutes. If you commit the crime on a military base, national park, government building or even across state lines. In 2004, the government implemented the Federal Video Voyeurism Protection Act which makes it a crime to videotape people on federal property. It is punishable by up to a year in prison and a fine of up to $100,000. If you are charged with unlawful surveillance, you should contact a lawyer immediately. Unlawful surveillance is a very serious offense with very serious consequences.
This charge can also bring about related charges such as eavesdropping, aggravated harassment, endangering the welfare of a child, stalking, and public display of sexual material.
Many people wrongfully believe that they can record or tape sexual encounters legally. This is not true. Doing this without a party’s consent or knowledge could land you in jail. If you distribute the material, you could face additional charges. Take for instance the case of ESPN reporter Erin Andrews. She received a multi-million dollar settlement after a stalker followed her to various hotels in different cities and filmed her in the nude without her consent or knowledge. Her stalker was found guilty of several counts of unlawful surveillance and sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison. Andrews was made aware of the events by her bosses at ESPN who informed her that pictures and a video of her in the nude were online.
If you find yourself facing charges of unlawful surveillance, you need to find an attorney who specializes in this type of crime. They will be able to review your case for evidence and launch an aggressive defense. A conviction of unlawful video surveillance could ruin your life. The charge has an extra added dose of sleaze attached to it that could make you a pariah. If you need to find a defense for this case, you should do so as soon as possible. Consultations are free for all clients.
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