NJ Criminal Defense Attorney Fights Invasion of Privacy Charges
Determined defense to allegations ranging from voyeurism to revenge porn
The term “invasion of privacy” suggests a wide range of offensive behavior, from peeking at someone’s diary to hacking their computer. But the offenses prohibited by New Jersey’s invasion of privacy statute are not about snooping. They are sex crimes and convictions can lead to heavy penalties as well as severe reputational loss.
If you’ve been charged with any count under New Jersey’s invasion of privacy law, you need skilled and determined defense counsel to protect your rights and to pursue the best possible outcome. You can get the staunch representation you require at the Law Offices of David Jay Glassman in Marlton, New Brunswick, Hackensack and Newark. We draw on more than 40 years of legal experience, in both in criminal prosecution and defense, to provide the highest level of legal representation.
What are the invasion of privacy laws in New Jersey?
Under New Jersey law, invasion of privacy is a crime. The degree of the crime depends on the specific conduct involved, as follows:
- Observing without consent — It is a fourth-degree crime to observe another person without their knowledge or consent in a private setting where they would not expect to be observed.
- Recording images without consent — It is a third-degree crime to photograph, film, videotape, record or otherwise reproduce images of another person whose intimate parts are exposed or who is engaged in an act of sexual penetration or sexual contact. This must occur in a situation where the subject does not have knowledge or give consent and expects not to be observed.
- Disclosure of recorded images — It is a third-degree crime to disclose sexual images of another person without the subject’s permission. Disclosure covers a range of activities, such as selling the images, posting them online and sending them to other people. It is not necessary for the images to have been recorded in violation of this statute for their disclosure to be a violation.
There may be viable defenses to invasion of privacy charges. The defendant may be able to obtain a reduction or dismissal by showing any of the following:
- The subject consented to having the defendant observe, record or disclose images. However, the subject must be capable, by age and mental state, of giving consent.
- The accused gave the subject prior notice of intention to observe, record and/or disclose and had a lawful purpose for these actions.
- The observation occurred in public place, where the subject had no reasonable expectation of privacy.
To get the best outcome under the facts of your case, you need to retain an experienced attorney who is willing to fight for your rights.
What are the legal penalties for invasion of privacy offenses in New Jersey?
Under New Jersey criminal law, a crime of the fourth degree is punishable by probation or up to 18 months in prison. A crime of the third degree can result in lengthier probation or up to five years in prison. The invasion of privacy statute also provides for a fine of up to $30,000 for disclosing sexual images without the subject’s permission.
Call our NJ lawyers if you are facing invasion of privacy charges in New Jersey
The attorney you choose to defend you can make all the difference in your case. If you are accused of violating New Jersey’s invasion of privacy law, trust the Law Offices of David Jay Glassman to deliver aggressive and skillful defense representation. Call us at 866-221-1270 or contact us online to schedule an appointment. We have offices in Marlton, New Brunswick, Hackensack and Newark.