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Florida Laws Regarding Video Voyeurism

Florida Laws Regarding Video Voyeurism

Posted By Posted By Parks & Braxton || 17-Sep-2012

Video Voyeurism is the crime of setting up a video camera to capture people dressing, undressing, or exposing their private parts without their knowledge in a place where the victims would have reason to believe that they are entitled to privacy. Apart from in the workplace, a person can be arrested for committing voyeurism.

Depending on the circumstances, this crime can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. One place where there is the potential for voyeurism is in retail stores with dressing rooms. Florida law states that it is illegal for merchants to view people using a dressing room, even if they intend to do so for security purposes.

Merchants are not allowed to videotape, directly observe or spy on people who are changing or are in restrooms. Merchants that violate this law will be issued a first-degree misdemeanor. In the workplace, only eavesdropping is illegal. As well, people cannot set up security cameras in private areas like bathroom stalls or changing rooms at a workplace. They can, however, set up surveillance in a building, parking lot, or another place where there is no reasonable cause that a person would undress.

Setting up a video camera in a residence can also be deemed illegal. According to Senate Bill No. 436, a person who is under 19-years-old and commits voyeurism can be charged with a first degree misdemeanor. Those that are over 19 are instead charged with a third degree felony. Depending on the nature of the crime, the consequences can be extreme.

For example, an adult who video-taped a minor for his or her own entertainment will probably be charged with a sex crime and may become a registered offender. If you have been charged with voyeurism, then talk to a criminal defense attorney today. We understand that there may have been a host of reasons that you acted the way that you did, and we want to support you and fight for you in court. Talk to us today for more information about how to battle your voyeurism charges!

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