Voyeurism

Voyeurism involves the practice of gaining sexual pleasure from watching others when they are naked or engaged in sexual activity. Ohio law provides for four different types of voyeurism charges including:

  • as a misdemeanor of the third degree for a violation of division (A);
  • as a misdemeanor of the second degree for a violation of division (B);
  • as a misdemeanor of the first degree for a violation of division (D). 

The crime of voyeurism under Ohio Revised Code § 2907.08 can be charged as a fifth-degree felony punishable by up to 12 months in prison and/or a fine of up to $2,5000 if the victim is a minor child who is under the age of eighteen years old at the time of the offense.

Attorney for Voyeurism in Columbus, OH

If you were charged with the criminal offense of voyeurism under Ohio’s Revised Code 2907.08, then contact an experienced criminal defense attorney in Columbus, Ohio, at Joslyn Law Firm. 

Brian Joslyn represents clients all over Pickaway County, Madison County, Delaware County, Licking County, Fairfield County, Franklin County, and Union County. After an arrest for a sexually motivated crime in Franklin County including Upper Arlington, Westerville, Reynoldsburg, Hilliard, Whitehall, Worthington, Bexley, Dublin, Grove City, and Gahanna.

Call (614) 444-1900 today to discuss your case. 


Elements of Voyeurism under R.C. 2907.08

The elements of voyeurism under R.C. 2907.08 require proof beyond all reasonable doubt that the defendant:

(A) for the purpose of sexually arousing or gratifying the defendant committed trespass or surreptitiously invaded the privacy of another to spy or eavesdrop upon another person;

or

(B) for the purpose of sexually arousing or gratifying the defendant committed trespass or surreptitiously invaded the privacy of another person to videotape, film, photograph, or otherwise record another person in a state of nudity;

or

(C) for the purpose of sexually arousing or gratifying the defendant committed trespass or surreptitiously invaded the privacy of another person to videotape, film, photograph, or otherwise record, spy, or eavesdrop] upon a minor in a state of nudity;

or

(D) secretly, surreptitiously, videotaped, filmed, photographed, otherwise recorded another person under or through the clothing being worn by that other person for the purpose of viewing the body of) or the undergarments worn by that other person.

The standard jury instructions for voyeurism developed by the Ohio Judicial Conference can be found at 2 OJI-CR 507.08 for any offenses committed on and after April 7, 2009. The jury instructions were last revised on January 23, 2010.


Definitions in Ohio’s Voyeurism Statute

The term “surreptitiously” is defined to mean to act in a secret, sly, hidden, or stealthy manner. “Invasion of privacy” means the unauthorized intrusion into or exploitation of the personal or private affairs or activities of another. 

Under the statutory scheme or voyeurism, the term “minor” means a person under the age of eighteen. The penalties are enhanced with the victim of voyeurism is a minor child under the age of 18 years old. This version of voyeurism against a minor child can be charged as a fifth-degree felony punishable by up to twelve (12) months in prison and/or a fine of up to $2,500 if the victim is a minor child.


Additional Resources

2907.08 Voyeurism - Visit LAW Writer® Ohio Laws and Rules to find the complete statutory language in Ohio Revised Code under Title 29 for sexually motivated offenses such as voyeurism. Find different versions of the offense, penalties, definitions, and defenses.


Finding a Lawyer for Voyeurism in Ohio

If you were charged with the crime of voyeurism under Ohio’s Revised Code 2907.08, then contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer in Columbus, Ohio, at Joslyn Law Firm. Brian Joslyn represents clients charged with a wide variety of sexually motivated crimes in Columbus, OH.

After an arrest for any sexually motivated crime in Upper Arlington, Westerville, Reynoldsburg, Hilliard, Whitehall, Worthington, Bexley, Dublin, Grove City, Gahanna, and surrounding areas of Franklin County, then seek out the services of a qualified lawyer to help you fight the charges for the best result.

Brian Joslyn fights voyeurism charges throughout Pickaway County, Madison County, Delaware County, Licking County, Fairfield County, Franklin County, and Union County, Ohio.  

Call (614) 444-1900 for a free and confidential consultation.


This article was last updated on Monday, March 13, 2017.

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