Whether you are looking to take action against illegal surveillance, or have been charged with a video surveillance-related crime, Byrnes Law Firm can provide you with the advice, experience, and representation you need to win your case.
With the cost of video surveillance equipment dropping each year, more of us are being recorded by video surveillance and CCTV cameras each and every day. But, have you ever stopped to wonder what Missouri video recording laws may mean for you, or your business?
If you have a home or business in St. Louis County, there are certain restrictions on where you can place a video capture device and how the recorded images and audio are used. Like many states, Missouri allows businesses and residential facilities to place video cameras in locations that are commonly open to the public. Missouri’s video recording laws are designed to protect the privacy of individuals while also allowing businesses the flexibility they need to prosecute cases of vandalism and theft.
Even if you own the property in question, you cannot place a video recording device in a location where there is a “reasonable expectation of privacy.” It is perfectly fine to record someone who is stepping out of their front door, for example, but it’s a completely different matter — legally speaking — to record someone in their home, through their drapes and blinds.
Missouri law also protects individuals from being secretly recorded by an audio capture device without their consent. Wiretapping can be conducted by law enforcement agencies as part of a criminal investigation, so long as permission has been granted by the courts.
For the public, this means that unless you are a member of law enforcement and have been granted permission to record an individual (or group of individuals), you cannot record someone using a video and/or audio capture device without permission, or in a place where a reasonable expectation of privacy exists.
If you are facing charges of illegal wiretapping or surveillance, contact Byrnes Law Firm to discuss the details of your case.
Byrnes Law Firm understands that many people struggle with the financial burdens their case may have, and likely feel reluctant to even speak with a lawyer about their case, often choosing to go at it alone. This is a mistake, and more often than not, will lead to an unfavorable outcome in your case. When your rights are at risk, you need a strong and experienced lawyer at your side to get you through with the best possible outcome, and the Byrnes Law Firm wants you to know that you can call and consult with them about your case absolutely free. Tell your story, and know your options. You’re in good hands.