A local man has been arrested after being caught on a woman's doorbell security camera. He has been charged with peeping tom and loitering in Georgia.
The suspect is being held in jail in Clayton County without bond.
Peeping tom is an interesting criminal offense that straddles the line between Georgia Privacy Crimes and Georgia Sex Crimes. As a Georgia Sex Crimes Lawyer, I will outline the Peeping Tom law as well as the consequences if one is arrested for the offense and convicted.
Peeping Tom in Georgia
Peeping Tom in Georgia is legally defined as when a person peeps through windows or doors, on or near another's premises for the purpose of spying or invading someone else's privacy.
The Georgia Code states in O.C.G.A. §16-11-60 that a person violates the peeping tom statute when they go about or upon the premises of another for the purpose of being a peeping tom. Specific intent is necessary to be guilty of committing the crime of being a peeping tom.
In order to be convicted of being a peeping tom in Georgia, the prosecution must demonstrate that the suspect is guilty beyond a reasonable showing. This can only be done by proving that the accused had the specific intent to do the crime and acted with that intent as well.
Peeping tom is classified as a felony in the state of Georgia. This means that a peeping tom conviction can include up to five years in prison as well as a fine up to $10,000.
Felony convictions are extremely detrimental to a person's life, well-being, and reputation. If you or a loved one has been accused of a crime, call our offices now. Your defense starts with a consultation with a knowledgeable and experienced criminal defense attorney. Contact us today.