Upskirting Charges

Boston Upskirting Defense Lawyer

In 2014, Massachusetts officially banned “upskirting,” which is essentially the act of secretly photographing or videotaping up a woman’s skirt in an attempt to capture her private parts. Upskirting is a serious crime, which carries up to a 2-and-a-half-year jail sentence if you are convicted, and up to five years in prison if the victim is a child. The relevant portion of the new law reads:

“Whoever willfully photographs, videotapes or electronically surveils, with the intent to secretly conduct or hide such activity, the sexual or other intimate parts of a person under or around the person’s clothing to view or attempt to view the person’s sexual or other intimate parts when a reasonable person would believe that the person’s sexual or other intimate parts would not be visible to the public and without the person’s knowledge and consent, shall be punished by imprisonment in the house of correction for not more than 2½ years or by a fine of not more than $5,000, or by both fine and imprisonment.
 Whoever willfully photographs, videotapes or electronically surveils, with the intent to secretly conduct or hide such activity, the sexual or other intimate parts of a child under the age of 18 under or around the child’s clothing to view or attempt to view the child’s sexual or other intimate parts when a reasonable person would believe that the person’s sexual or other intimate parts would not be visible to the public shall be punished by imprisonment in the house of correction for not more than 2½ years, by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than 5 years, or by a fine of not more than $10,000, or by both such fine and imprisonment.” Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 272, section 105(b).

If you are facing upskirting charges, you can expect the district attorney’s office to take your case seriously. The penalties go beyond incarceration and fines. A conviction for upskirting can ruin your reputation, cost you your job, and subject you to a lifetime of shame. Don’t fight this alone – get a high quality criminal defense attorney on your side now.

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