Section 547C Crimes Act 1900 | Peeping or Prying


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The right to privacy is valued by most members of society, and attempts to interfere with a person’s privacy can attract criminal charges.

For example, section 547 of the Crimes Act contains the offence of ‘peeping or prying.’

It says that you may be liable for criminal charges where you are found in, on or near a building without a reasonable excuse, and it is alleged that you intended to peep or pry upon another person.

This is what is known as a ‘summary offence,’ which means that it may be dealt with before a magistrate in the Local Court.

The maximum penalty for this offence is imprisonment for 3 months, or a fine of $220.

Though it is a relatively minor offence, it still carries the potential to result in a conviction on your criminal record, which may affect your work and travel plans.

However, our expert criminal lawyers can give you the best possible defence against the charges so that you avoid a criminal conviction.

The Legislation

547C Peeping or prying

Any person who is in, on or near a building without reasonable cause with intent to peep or pry upon another person shall be liable on conviction before the Local Court to imprisonment for 3 months, or to a fine of 2 penalty units.

Why Sydney Criminal Lawyers?

At Sydney Criminal Lawyers, we understand that being accused of ‘peeping or prying’ can be an embarrassing and frustrating experience.

Though it is a relatively minor offence, it has the potential to attract a criminal conviction on your criminal record, which can make it difficult to secure employment or travel in the future.

However, with Sydney’s best criminal lawyers on your side, you can give yourself the best defence against the charges and avoid the possibility of a criminal conviction.

Our lawyers are criminal law specialists who have considerable experience in a wide variety of criminal matters, including ‘peeping and prying.’

In every matter, our lawyers work tirelessly to have the charges dropped at an early stage by carefully examining all the evidence in order to find deficiencies with the prosecution case.

Where problems are found, we can write compelling letters to the prosecution requesting that they drop the charges.

This often means that our clients avoid the time and expense involved in fighting the matter in court.

However, should the prosecution refuse to drop the charges, our lawyers will fight hard to protect your rights and interests by raising all evidence in a compelling manner and presenting your case in the most positive light.

Our lawyers are fearless advocates who fight hard to achieve the best outcome in every single case.

If you wish to plead guilty, our lawyers can assist by presenting compelling sentencing submissions which highlight factors such as your good character and emphasise the need for a lenient penalty.

We have an unparalleled ability to obtain ‘section 10s’ for our clients who wish to plead guilty – this is where you are found guilty but no conviction is recorded on your criminal record.

This is an ideal outcome if you’re worried about the impact of a criminal conviction on your work and travel plans.

So take the first step towards a positive future and get Sydney’s best criminal lawyers on your side.

Call us now on (02) 9261 8881 and book a free first conference to discuss your case with our esteemed lawyers.