There have been over a dozen different reports of a Peeping Tom in Virginia Highland.
Authorities have now released a photograph of a person of interest. The descriptions of the man are all the same. According to reports, the suspect has been peeping into windows, climbing on top of AC units, and looking through blinds.
Although no suspect has been apprehended or arrested, as a Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyer, I will go through the specific law behind what it legally means to be a Peeping Tom.
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.
Crimes involving the invasion of privacy are taken seriously by law enforcement in Georgia. As I stated above - by law, Peeping Tom is a felony offense. It is important if you or a loved one has been arrested for an offense like this, contact our offices now. We can help you.