Philadelphia Attorney Delivers Staunch Defense to Invasion of Privacy Charges
Determined advocacy for clients accused of voyeurism and disclosure of sexual images
The term “invasion of privacy” covers a lot of ground, from breaches of etiquette to unlawful access of records to illegal searches. There are acts of invasion of privacy for which you can be sued in civil court. But when it comes to Pennsylvania criminal law, invasion of privacy is an offense of a sexual nature. Arrest and prosecution put your liberty and your reputation in deep jeopardy. At the Law Offices of David Jay Glassman in Philadelphia, we defend clients accused of invasion of privacy crimes. Our top-rated defense practice brings experience, skill and resources to the fight for your freedom and your good name. When you retain our services, you can be confident in our ability and our determination to achieve the best possible results in your case.
Three important Invasion of Privacy laws in Pennsylvania
Under Pennsylvania criminal law, an invasion of privacy offense can occur in any of these ways:
- Observing or recording “another person without that person’s knowledge and consent,” while that person is fully or partially nude, “in a place where that person would have a reasonable expectation of privacy.”
- Observing or recording “the intimate parts, whether or not covered by clothing, of another person without that person’s knowledge and consent” when that person does not want such intimate parts “to be visible by normal public observation.”
- Electronically distributing any image obtained illegally in any of the above circumstances.
For those actions to be unlawful, these two elements must exist:
- The person committing the offense must have been motivated by a desire for sexual gratification.
- The person committing the offense must have knowingly performed the illegal act.
The law allows for various defenses, such as these:
- The defendant was not motivated by a desire for sexual gratification.
- The defendant accidentally or unintentionally observed or recorded the other person.
- The other person gave consent.
- The other person knew they were being observed or recorded and allowed it to continue, giving tacit consent to the observation or recording.
- The other person did not have a reasonable expectation of privacy in the area where the alleged offense took place.
As your legal advocates, we explore every line of defense available under the facts of your case.
Legal penalties for invasion of privacy offenses in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania law provides strict punishment for invasion of privacy convictions. The penalties are as follows:
- Single offense — Misdemeanor of the third degree, with a maximum sentence of one year in jail
- Multiple violations —Misdemeanor of the second degree, with a maximum sentence of two years in prison
Even first-time offenders may receive a stiff fine and probation.
When you are facing such serious consequences, you should retain the best legal counsel available. Our practice has a long track record of success in defense against sex offense charges. In every case we undertake, we fight for the best possible outcome.
Call our Philadelphia lawyers if you are facing invasion of privacy charges in Pennsylvania
The Law Offices of David Jay Glassman in Philadelphia represents individuals accused of invasion of privacy offenses throughout Pennsylvania. To arrange for a consultation with an experienced attorney, call 215-563-7100 or contact us online.