A new law has been signed in New Jersey that makes upskirting punishable as a crime. In addition to upskirting, defined as the act of taking a picture or video up a woman’s skirt, the new law also makes it illegal to photograph or record any clothed area if the individual has not consented and a reasonable person would expect privacy. The law falls under New Jersey’s invasion-of-privacy statute, (N.J.S.A. 2C:14-9), which states that a person may not record, photograph, or even observe other people without consent, under circumstances in which they would not expect to be observed.
Governor Chris Christie implemented the law in response to concerns about the effect of technology on crime and the diminished privacy rights of citizens in the digital age. Christie states that he plans to use this law to fight back against this “perverse and growing form of pornography.”
The punishments for a person convicted of upskirting in New Jersey are severe. Taking a prohibited photograph or recording is considered a fourth degree crime, punishable by up to $10,000 in fines, three to five years in prison, and a criminal record that is available to potential employers. A person who publishes or shares such a photo or video faces even harsher penalties, including three to five years in prison and up to $15,000 in fines.
If you or a loved one has been charged with upskirting, invasion of privacy, or any other criminal offense in New Jersey, it is advisable that you retain an attorney to fight the charges against you so that you may avoid the serious repercussions that come with a criminal record.
The Rosenblum Law Firm is an established criminal defense firm in New Jersey with a record of providing quality representation to individuals charged with crimes. Our skilled attorneys will advocate for your rights and work for you to reduce any penalties you may face. Contact Adam H. Rosenblum via email or call 1-888-979-7551 today for a free consultation about your case.