Apr 25

Toronto Voyeurism Lawyers

Voyeurism charges can be complex and challenging to navigate. The evidentiary issues are complicated and difficult to understand. Hiring counsel of choice is the first step towards fighting these serious allegations.

The lawyers at Lockyer Zaduk Zeeh are experienced Toronto sexual assault lawyers. Please contact us at 416-613-0416 or at info@lzzdefence.ca to schedule a consultation.

What is Voyeurism?

Voyeurism is a criminal offence under s. 162 of the Criminal Code. It involves the act of surreptitiously observing or recording, by any means, another person who is in circumstances that give rise to a reasonable expectation of privacy, for the purpose of obtaining sexual gratification.

Examples of voyeuristic behaviour can include secretly recording someone while they are undressing or using the bathroom or observing someone through a window or other private space without their consent.

Voyeurism is considered a serious offence in Canada and is punishable by imprisonment for up to five years, if prosecuted by summary conviction, or up to 10 years, if prosecuted by indictment. If the offender is found guilty of voyeurism and the victim is under the age of 18, the penalty can be even more severe.

Voyeurism can only be committed in circumstances where the person being observed has a reasonable expectation of privacy. Therefore, in public places where there is no expectation of privacy, such as on a crowded street, voyeurism is not a criminal offence.