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Invasion of Privacy Attorneys in Trenton NJ
Have you been charged with invasion of privacy in Mercer County? If so, we strongly urge that you contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer immediately. Invasion of privacy charges have been on the rise over the years. This is probably do in large part to the advancements in technology, especially smart phones and social media. Invasion of privacy is a serious indictable (felony) offense in New Jersey and one that tends to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, especially if the images are reproduced. To make matters worse, more often than not, an individual charged with invasion of privacy will also be charged with either burglary, criminal trespassing, endangering the welfare of a child, stalking, terroristic threats or been served with a temporary restraining order. Please do not take these charges lightly, for more information on invasion of privacy charges, see below.
Charged with Invasion of Privacy in Princeton New Jersey
As mentioned above, invasion of privacy allegations are taken very seriously. If you would like to schedule a consultation today with one of the Mercer County criminal defense attorneys at Proetta & Oliver, then please contact our Hamilton office at 609-789-0779. We serve all of Mercer County, including Trenton, Ewing, Hightstown, Robbinsville, West Windsor, Lawrenceville, East Windsor and Hopewell. Our attorneys are well aware of what a felony conviction let alone a lengthy term of incarceration can do to someone’s life. As such, we are dedicated to aggressively defending the allegations in an effort to obtain a more favorable outcome. As always, our initial consultations are free of costs, so if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Can I be Charged with Invasion of Privacy?
NJSA 2C:14-9, which is the governing statute in New Jersey for invasion of privacy, seeks to criminalize those who are alleged to have observed, filmed, photographed or otherwise reproduce another’s intimate parts or them involved in a sexually compromising situation (i.e. sexual contact or sexual penetration). With that being said, the victim in the case must be in position where a reasonable person would not have expected to be observed nor could they consent to being observed.
The legislature has chosen to break this offense down into three different subsections. Each one of which requires the prosecution to prove different elements. They are as follows:
- NJSA 2C:14-9a:
- This subsection seeks to prosecute those who observe the victim’s intimate parts or sexual encounter. Anyone charged under this subsection will be facing a fourth degree felony offense.
- NJSA 2C:14-9b:
- This subsection seeks to prosecute those who film, photograph, videotape or otherwise reproduce images of the victim’s intimate parts or sexual encounter. Anyone charged under this subsection will be facing a third degree felony offense.
- NJSA 2C:14-9c:
- This subsection seeks to prosecute those who “disclose” the filmed, photography’s and/or videotaped footage of the victim’s intimate parts or sexual encounter. It is important to note here that this subsection does not require the individual to create the image or video footage.
What is the Sentence for Invasion of Privacy Charge in NJ?
If the individual pleads guilty to or found guilty of a crime of the fourth degree they will be facing up to 18 months in a State Prison as well as up to a $10,000 fine. Conversely, if the individual pleads guilty to or found guilty of a crime of the third degree they will be facing a term of incarceration ranging anywhere from three to five years and a fine not to exceed $15,000. It is important to note here that this offense does not fall under the New Jersey Sex Offender Registry (Megan’s Law). Also, since all of these subsections are classified as either a third or fourth degree crimes, the individual will obtain the presumption of non-incarceration, that is provided that the individual has no prior criminal history. Depending on the facts of the case, the individual could also be eligible for the Pretrial Intervention Program. This is a program that could allow for the individual to bypass the traditional prosecution of their case, be placed on a probationary period and if they complete the program without issue, the charges will be outright dismissed. For more information on the Pretrial Intervention Program in Mercer County, then please click the link.
Ewing NJ Invasion of Privacy Defense Lawyers
Proetta & Oliver is a criminal defense firm that is comprised of attorneys who have dedicated their entire careers to defending those accused of crimes. If you would like to schedule a free initial consultation today, please contact us at 609-789-0779 or you can try contacting us online. These are very serious charges and because of there nature they tend to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, so please do not take these type of charges lightly.