What Constitutes Invasion of Privacy?

Invasion of privacy is defined as any type of intrusion into the personal life of another. This extends past a prying neighbor and could lead to consequences like a lawsuit or even criminal penalties. The California Penal Code Sections 630-638 gives specific information regarding invasion of privacy as well as the penalties it could bring. As technology advances, so do the opportunities to invade the privacy of others. Whether this is audio or visual, more and more techniques are arising which threaten the privacy of others. However, it was not lawmakers intent to inhibit the ability of law enforcement officers to do their jobs and it remains in the best interests of public safety to allow forms of privacy invasion in order to bring criminals to justice.

However, if a person was arrested on suspicion of illegally invading the privacy of another, they could be fined up to $2,500 as well as imprisoned in the county jail for up to one year. If the individual had already been convicted of the same crime, the fine could increase to $10,000 as well as a year in jail.

In a recent case, a man was convicted of invasion of privacy for using a webcam to spy on his roommate in 2010. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail for this crime, but if he exhibits good behavior he could be out in 20 days. However, the state law stipulates that invasion of privacy is a second-degree crime which could lead to five to seven years in prison, a much harsher punishment than he was given. If you were accused of invasion of privacy or any other criminal offense, please do not waste any time in contacting a criminal defense attorney from our team at Martinian & Associates Inc.

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