Invasion of Privacy in West Virginia

It is hard to imagine how one would feel after finding out someone was secretly taping and photographing them while they were undressing in private (the bathroom in their own home type of private).    In the State of West Virginia, it is only a misdemeaner to violate invasion of privacy laws.  This means if a pervert has secretly made peep holes in your bathroom and video taped you and/or your family, in the criminal court system the maximum sentence they would receive would be one year in jail and a $5,000 fine.  The only way they could be charged with a felony would be if they were repeat offenders (by the way, the felony charge only carries a maximum 5 year sentence and/or $10,000 fine). 

As a mother of a 14 year old daughter, this greatly disturbs me. 

Under current law, the only other possible recourse against the perpetrator would be through a civil action lawsuit.  West Virginia’s law, at least, recognizes that our freedoms would be denied if  our right to privacy is violated.   There is no limit or cap on these damages either.  In fact, punitive damages may apply if the acts involve children, the videos or photos are published, and/or the perpetrator abused a position of trust (babysitter, step-parent, teacher, employer, etc.). 

Make sure you contact a lawyer you can trust with experience and the knowledge to protect your rightsNo one should have to experience an invasion of privacy. The only way we can try to stop perverts is to make sure they suffer the consequences of their actions to the fullest.


One Response to “Invasion of Privacy in West Virginia”

  1. Kaitlin Says:

    Thank you for the informative article. I believe that the laws in West Virginia need to be more strict.

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