Inside of your house should be the safest place to be. The state of Kansas takes that position seriously, and fiercely protects residents right to privacy and freedom from uninvited guests. While the verbiage "Peeping Tom" does not appear under the criminal code, there are two type of crimes that prohibit you from watching another in any type of activity. Even if you are not viewing someone's intimate activity, you can be charged as a "Peeping Tom" under breach of privacy and/or criminal trespass laws.
Under Kansas breach of privacy statute, it is unlawful to:
Under Kansas criminal trespass, it is unlawful to:
Some activities that you may not know fall under these "Peeping Tom" laws include:
Depending upon your individual circumstances, you may be additionally facing other crimes, such as sex crimes, violation of protection orders, etc. The Kansas prosecutor, upon reviewing the entirety of the circumstances surrounding your charges/arrest may amend the initial complaint and add additional crimes.
There are defenses to breach of privacy and/or criminal trespass (ex. having permission to be viewing someone or to be on their land). There are many more too.
While these are initially misdemeanor charges, there is potential jail time and each are still serious crimes. You should talk to an attorney today. We are here to answer questions and fight for you. Call Attorney T. Morton NOW 913.602.7288.
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