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Criminal Charges For Voyeurism?
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Being Charged With Voyeurism
Criminal charges for voyeurism are addressed in section 162 of the Criminal Code. Section 162 details an offence that prohibits surreptitious non-consensual viewing, photo or video taking of another person who has an expectation of privacy.
Voyeurism was added to the Criminal Code in 2005 for the purpose of protecting people against invasions of privacy with respect to new technologies (at that time) which made it easier to covertly spy on people for sexual reasons. Voyeurism convictions can carry significant penalties and land you on the Sex Offender Registry.
If you are facing charges of voyeurism, the smartest next step you can take is finding an experienced criminal defence lawyer in Calgary. Your lawyer will build a strategic defence based on your circumstances as applied to the law in order to achieve the best possible outcome for you.
What Is Voyeurism?
The Criminal Code defines voyeurism as an offence where an individual observes, takes photos, or videos of another person without their consent when they have a reasonable expectation of privacy. This includes:
- Observing Someone When They're In A Location Where They Can Reasonably Be Expected To Be Nude, Expose Their Anal Region Or Breasts, Or To Be Engaged In Sexual Activity
- When The Individual Being Observed Is Nude, Exposing Their Anal Or Genital Region Or Engaged In Sexual Activity & The Observation Or Recording Is For The Purpose Of Observing Someone In That State
- When The Observation Or Recording Is Done For A Sexual Purpose
Printing & Publication Of Voyeuristic Material
Subsection 4 of section 162 says that anyone who prints, copies, publishes, distributes, circulates, sells, advertises or makes available a voyeuristic recording, as defined in the above section, is guilty of an offence. Regardless of whether or not the individual who publishes the material actually recorded it they are guilty of an offence, if they know it was obtained illegally.
When looking for a criminal defence lawyer to help you get your voyeurism charges dropped, look no further than Ross Lutz Barristers. We can help you secure the best possible outcome in your case because we have hundreds of years of combined experience.
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Understanding Voyeurism Charges In Canada
Criminal Charges For Voyeurism
Anyone that commits an offence, as outlined above, is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a maximum term of five years or an offence punishable on summary conviction. Our team will fight to defend your freedom when you're facing voyeurism charges. These charges do not have to ruin your life.
What Are Some Defences For Voyeurism?
A person can successfully defend against a voyeurism allegation if he or she can establish that the observation and or recording was made in a place where the person had no expectation of privacy. Another possible defence is based on whether the prosecution can prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you were the person who made the observation or recording.
Voyeurism allegations can be defended against on the basis that you didn’t capture or intend to capture the person’s genitals, sexual activity or that what was done wasn’t done for a sexual purpose. Voyeurism allegations can be complex as far as the legal analysis and the strategic defence that is needed.
Voyeurism Defence Lawyers IN CANADA
Our team at Ross Lutz Barristers is experienced and can help you defend your freedom and fight your charges. When it comes to getting voyeurism charges dropped, we will work tirelessly to familiarize ourselves with your case's details and build a strong defence strategy. Contact us for a free consultation today to see exactly how we can help with your case.