WEST PALM BEACH FL VOYEURISM DEFENSE LAWYERS
WITH OFFICES IN BOCA RATON, FLORIDA
After a significant push to enhance the penalties associated with sexual offenses in Florida, State legislators recently passed Bill SB 526, which was signed into law by Governor Rick Scott on April 1, 2014 and is scheduled to take effect on October 1, 2014.
This law significantly increases punishments for those convicted of sex crimes, imposing lengthy mandatory-minimum sentences, increasing maximum penalties for a number of crimes, and disallowing the issuance of gain-time to incarcerated sex offenders.*
Additionally, SB 526 requires all sex offenders who do not receive the maximum prison sentence to be monitored under life-long community supervision. Clearly, Florida looks harshly upon those convicted of sex crimes, making it even more critical for individuals charged with these offenses to hire a formidable defense attorney. Arnesen Law is a group of talented legal professionals who frequently appear on behalf of clients facing any number of charges for sex crimes in South Florida, ranging from voyeurism and indecent exposure to offenses involving unlawful sexual activity with minors.
With notoriously hard-working and passionate leader Jay Arnesen at the firm’s helm and a practice devoted solely to clients charged with criminal and DUI offenses, the lawyers at Arnesen Law have the skills and experience required to successfully represent their clients, as they formulate calculated defenses based on each individual’s case. Notably, the firm’s founding partner and former police officer, Jay Arnesen, utilizes his professional background to provide unique insight into the formulation of the State’s case, anticipating and targeting potential weaknesses.
With offices conveniently located in Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale, Arnesen and his attorneys assist clients facing charges throughout South Florida, including West Palm Beach, Delray Beach, and Greenacres. Contact the offices of Arnersen Law anytime at 561-419-9630 for a free consultation about your case.
“As a former police officer, I used to help prosecute these charges for the State. Now, let me use my training and experience to combat these charges for you in court.” Jay Arnesen, Esq.
*Gain time: deductions from sentences designed to encourage satisfactory prisoner behavior, to provide incentive for prisoners to participate in productive activities, and to reward prisoners who perform outstanding deeds or services.
Voyeurism – Florida Statutes Section 810.14
There are two separate types of voyeurism offenses in Florida: those classified as general voyeurism and those involving video voyeurism. In Chapter 810, Section 14 of the Florida Statutes, the law regarding general voyeurism crimes is outlined. Notably, voyeurism is considered a misdemeanor (provided that it is not a second or subsequent offense), while video voyeurism is a felony-level charge. Although a conviction for voyeurism is punishable by relatively lesser penalties than one for video voyeurism, either of these charges can spell significant negative consequences.
According to Section 810.14:
(1) A person commits the offense of voyeurism when he or she, with lewd, lascivious, or indecent intent:
(a) Secretly observes another person when the other person is located in a dwelling, structure, or conveyance and such location provides a reasonable expectation of privacy.
(b) Secretly observes another person’s intimate areas in which the person has a reasonable expectation of privacy, when the other person is located in a public or private dwelling, structure, or conveyance. As used in this paragraph, the term “intimate area” means any portion of a person’s body or undergarments that is covered by clothing and intended to be protected from public view.
(2) A person who violates this section commits a misdemeanor of the first degree for the first violation, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.
(3) A person who violates this section and who has been previously convicted or adjudicated delinquent two or more times of any violation of this section commits a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.
(4) For purposes of this section, a person has been previously convicted or adjudicated delinquent of a violation of this section if the violation resulted in a conviction sentenced separately, or an adjudication of delinquency entered separately, prior to the current offense.
Voyeurism – Potential Penalties
Under Florida Law, a first offense for voyeurism is a considered a first degree misdemeanor, while those accused of a second or subsequent voyeurism offense are subject to third degree felony charges. As detailed below, the consequences of a second conviction for voyeurism are substantially harsher and will also result in a felony charge on the defendant’s criminal record.
First Degree Misdemeanor Voyeurism: maximum term of 1 year in the county jail and fines not to exceed $1,000
Third Degree Felony Voyeurism: maximum sentence of 5 years in prison, up to 5 years of probation, and fines not to exceed $5,000
Contact Our Palm Beach County Voyeurism Defense Lawyers for a Free Consultation
Whether you have been charged with voyeurism for the first time or have been convicted of this crime before, it is not an accusation to be taken lightly, as it can damage future employment and educational opportunities, as well as your reputation, not to mention resulting in jail time. The skilled attorneys at Arnesen Law appear frequently on behalf of clients accused of voyeurism in South Florida and they know what it takes to beat these charges. Feel free to contact the firm anytime at 561-419-9630 for a no-cost consultation with one of these lawyers.