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Sharing intimate videos or photos could lead to charges

On Behalf of | Mar 15, 2024 | Criminal Defense |

Digital technology has made it easier than ever before for people to harass one another and break the law. As technology has expanded, Florida lawmakers have had to criminalize new behaviors that weren’t an issue a few decades ago.

Romantic partners sometimes share intimate photos or videos with one another. Other times, one person may allow another to record something or take private pictures with the expectation that only the partner has access to those pictures or videos. The decision to share intimate content online without the permission of a subject of that content could lead to criminal charges under current Florida statutes.

Sharing private content could be sexual cyberharassment

Someone angry about the end of a relationship and hoping to hurt the other person might leverage what they recorded or shared in good faith previously. Intimate content shared without someone’s consent online could damage their other relationships or possibly even affect their career.

Therefore, Florida lawmakers have criminalized that activity. Sexual cyberharassment is a first-degree misdemeanor for a first offense. The person accused could face up to $1,000 in fines and a year in jail. Someone accused of a second offense may face second-degree felony charges. They might serve up to five years in prison and pay up to $5,000 in fines. The other party affected by the content shared online might also be able to pursue a lawsuit against the person accused.

Learning about what may constitute a sex crime in Florida can help people make better choices during emotionally challenging moments. People who find themselves facing charges need to learn about the law to prepare a defense effectively. Seeking personalized legal guidance is a good way to get started.