“Peeping Tom” Conduct Can Lead to Various Jacksonville Criminal Charges

As a Jacksonville Criminal Lawyer, I was asked by Jacksonville First Coast News to comment on a Mandarin “peeping tom” case. After being informed of the Jacksonville “Peeping Tom” conduct and the Mandarin Families Frightened By the Peeping Tom, I determined that the suspect may be charged with a variety of Jacksonville criminal offenses. Depending on the circumstances surrounding each individual incident, he may be charged with voyeurism, trespass, or stalking.

Jacksonville voyeurism is governed by Florida Statute Section 810.14. Voyeurism occurs when a person:

  1. has a lewd, lascivious, or indecent intent;
  2. secretly observes another person; and 
  3. the person being observed is in a place where he or she has a reasonable expectation of privacy.
Jacksonville Stalking is governed by Florida Statute Section 784.048.  Stalking occurs when a person:
  1. engages in a course of conduct direct at a specific person;
  2. the conduct causes substantial emotional distress; and
  3. the conduct has not legitimate purpose.  
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