Last week a Florida jury awarded Hulk Hogan $115 million in his lawsuit against Gawker.com for posting his sex tapes online, and without his permission. Weeks earlier, a Nashville jury awarded sportscaster Erin Andrews $55 million in her lawsuit against a peeping tom and the hotel company that was negligently complicit in enabling him to secretly record her and post nude video of her on the internet. Both cases highlight the surging importance of internet privacy laws—both criminal and civil privacy laws—and remind us that police, prosecutors and the civil courts are rallying around a zero tolerance mentality in enforcing these laws.
Surprising? Not really. This nationwide trend is hitting home here in Connecticut through the increase in Voyeurism arrests in Connecticut…
As the best Greenwich, Stamford and Danbury Connecticut criminal law firms can explain, you can get arrested in Connecticut for Voyeurism under CGS § 53a-189a if you record another person without their consent, and where they have a reasonable expectation of privacy, such as in their bedroom, bathroom, or changing room. Your motivation for recording them is very much at issue—especially if you have made the recording with the intent to embarrass, ridicule or harass the victim, or otherwise profit from the recording. Connecticut lawmakers have also created a law that prohibits disseminating or distributing voyeuristic material under CGS § 53a-189b. This is meant to arrest people who don’t film or create the voyeuristic material, but who receive the videos or photos and then forward, distribute, email or text message the voyeuristic and embarrassing images and videos to their friends. Top Connecticut criminal lawyers and attorneys routinely see Dissemination of Voyeuristic Material arrests per CGS 53a-189b among high school and college students who contribute to making voyeuristic material go “viral” around the school or campus.
If you have been arrested in Connecticut for Voyeurism, then you are facing Class D felony charges, which expose you to 5 years in prison, probation and heavy fines. With a conviction, you run the risk of being ordered into sex offender probation, which can be as devastating to your life as jail. Sex offender probation conditions restrict your travel outside the state, require you to submit to periodic lie detector polygraph examinations, require random inspections of your computers, iphones and ipads, and order you to attend sex offender counseling for years. This is why it’s critical that before you plead guilty to a Connecticut Voyeurism arrest under CGS 53a-189a, you try to negotiate yourself out of sex offender probation. This is possible only if your top Stamford, Westport or Greenwich Connecticut criminal lawyer attorney negotiates for this concession and makes it an explicit benefit and condition of your plea bargain. For more information on how to accomplish this, call a top Connecticut sex crimes / voyeurism criminal lawyer attorney.
While we often defend our clients against Voyeurism arrests in Connecticut, our knowledge of Connecticut voyeurism laws allows us to frequently represent victims of Connecticut voyeurism arrests. The sex crimes and Voyeurism lawyers at the Mark Sherman Law Firm regularly apply their knowledge of Connecticut voyeurism and internet privacy laws to assist their clients in suing online websites and individuals for publishing private, sensitive and defamatory photos and information about them on the internet. In light of the Hulk Hogan and Erin Andrews multi-million dollar verdicts, the time is ripe to go after online privacy offenders. So if your privacy rights have been violated—either online or offline—give the Mark Sherman Law Firm a call today to understand your rights and hold these online and offline offenders accountable.
Voyeurism arrests involve not only criminal laws, but also an analysis of technical and complicated constitutional First Amendment defenses. So if you have been arrested for Voyeurism in Stamford, Norwalk, Danbury or anywhere else in Connecticut, or are a victim of Voyeurism in Connecticut, contact a Connecticut voyeurism lawyer at the Mark Sherman Law Firm. Read some of the glowing reviews from our past clients, and then give us a call to learn more about how we can help you. We are available 24/7 to take your call at (203) 358-4700.