Speak Directly To a Lawyer Now

1300 038 223
Open 7am - Midnight, 7 days
Or have our lawyers call you:
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Peeping / Prying

In NSW it is an offence to be in a building, or near a building, with the intention of looking, peeping or prying upon another person. The maximum penalty for this offence is 2 penalty units and/or 3 months imprisonment.

The Offence of Peep or Pry

The offence of Peep or Pry is contained in section 547C of the Crimes Act 1900 and states:

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.

What Actions Might Constitute the Offence of Peep or Pry?

Examples of Peep or Pry include:

  • Looking through the window of your neighbours house to watch them while they are getting changed;
  • Loitering around an office building with the intention of looking through windows and doors to see the people inside; and
  • Peering over an adjoining wall in a townhouse to watch your neighbours.

What the Police Must Prove

To convict you of Peep or Pry the prosecution must prove each of the following matters beyond a reasonable doubt:

  • That you were in or near a building;
  • That you did, or had the intention to, peep or pry upon another person;
  • That you had no lawful excuse for doing so.

Possible Defences

The common ways to defend this charge are:

  • To argue that you were not in or near a building;
  • To argue that you had a reasonable excuse for being in or near a building;
  • To argue that you did not intend to peep or pry upon another person.

Which Court Will Hear Your Matter?

The charge is a summary offence which means that the matter must be finalised in the Local Court.

If you require legal advice or representation in any legal matter, please contact Armstrong Legal.

Legal Hotline
Open 7am - Midnight, 7 Days
Call 1300 038 223