Invasive Visual Recording

Until 2014 this these cases fell under the old improper photography statute. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, however, declared the old law unconstitutional. The Texas legislature revised the law in 2015, creating the new invasive visual recording statute.

We understand that being accused of invasive visual recording or any other sex crime offense is overwhelming and isolating. These accusations can wreak havoc on your personal life, your family, and your future. They can damage your reputation and affect your career prospects. An experienced Dallas invasive visual recording lawyer can help you avoid or lessen these very serious consequences.

Police, prosecutors, and courts take invasive visual recording allegations very seriously. Not only are lengthy jail sentences and large financial penalties on the line, but you could be faced a lasting criminal record. Having a compassionate and zealous Dallas invasive visual recording attorney in your corner is essential.

Dallas Invasive Visual Recording Lawyer

If you or someone you love has been accused of invasive visual recording in Dallas, contact the Law Office of Mike Howard. Most importantly, Dallas invasive visual recording lawyer Mike Howard has the experience, trial skills, and dedication that you need when you are fighting for your life. We will do everything we can to fight for you. Moreover, Mr. Howard will give you an honest assessment of your case and explain the law and your legal options.

A Different Kind of Lawyer

We approach our clients differently than a lot of lawyers. Above all, our philosophy is that being a great lawyer is more than getting you a great result. First, our office is centered around you. This means we start by truly listening to you to understand your case and your goals. Further, our team works to provide you a client experience that is as easy and stress-free as possible. Answering your questions and keeping you informed is very important to us. Most importantly, we treat you as a person, not a number. Finally, our goal is to achieve the best possible result for you. If you’re looking for a different kind of criminal defense lawyer you’ve come to the right place.

Our Case Process

Listen & Understand

We focus on clients as real people. First, we list to understand who you are and what you need. Then we make sure we fully understand the facts of the case.

Open Communication

We explain the law, your rights, and the legal process. Because communication is very important to us, we strive to quickly answer questions and return communication.

Fight for Justice

Simply put: we fight hard for you. In the courtroom, in negotiations, and before a case even is officially opened, we fight for justice for you.

Invasive Visual Recording Charges in Dallas

A person commits invasive visual recording (Texas Penal Code § 21.15) if, without the other person’s consent and with the intent to invade the privacy of the other person, they:

  • photograph or by videotape or other electronic means records, broadcast, or transmit a visual image of an intimate area of another person. The other person must have a reasonable expectation that the intimate area is not subject to public view. OR
  • photograph or by videotape or other electronic means records, broadcast, or transmit a visual image of another in a bathroom or changing room. OR
  • knowing the character and content of the photograph, recording, broadcast, or transmission, promote a photograph, recording, broadcast, or transmission described in the above two descriptions.


“Intimate area” means the naked or clothed genitals, pubic area, anus, buttocks, or female breast of a person.

“Changing room” means a room or portioned area provided for or primarily used for the changing of clothing and includes dressing rooms, locker rooms, and swimwear changing areas.

Invasive Visual Recording Penalties

Invasive visual recording is a state jail felony. As a result, you could face 180 days  – 2 years in the state jail facility and up to a $10,000 fine.

Resources and Information

For more information about sex crimes cases generally, see our sex crimes page. For more information about other related charges, see our child pornography page and sexual performance of a child page.

See our criminal defense resource center for more information on fundamental rights in a criminal case, definitions of culpable mental states (intentionally, knowingly, etc), defenses to prosecution, and more.

Defending Invasive Visual Recording Charges in Dallas

First and foremost, the prosecutor must prove their allegation beyond a reasonable doubt. If the prosecutor cannot rule out each and every possible reasonable doubt, the presumption of innocence prevails. As a result, the court must find you not guilty. This means you don’t have to prove that you didn’t do it. You don’t have to prove anything!

The only way the prosecution wins is if the jury believes their story is the only reasonable way it could’ve happened. If they have any reasonable doubts that it actually happened, they must find you not guilty. If they reasonably think it could’ve happened another way, they must find you not guilty. This is the highest burden of proof in our justice system. When implemented by a skilled Dallas invasive visual recording attorney, it can be a powerful weapon.

Choosing the Right Invasive Visual Recording Lawyer in Dallas

Searching for invasive visual recording lawyers in Dallas can be overwhelming. After all, you are choosing someone who will hold your life, your future, and your family’s future in their hands. You have to be comfortable with them and feel that you can trust the information and advice they give you. Attorneys are supposed to always work in their clients’ best interest. That shouldn’t just be meaningless talk.

First, talk to several lawyers to get a feel for them and their staff. Do they take the time necessary to get to know you, to listen to what’s important to you, and answer your questions? Do they show you that you matter to them as a person and not just as a fee? Beware of lawyers who put the hard sell on you, who make big promises. No attorney should ever make a guarantee about a case. Absolutely avoid a lawyer who doesn’t communicate the scope of the work and their fee clearly in a written contract.

What Makes Mike Howard Different

Many lawyers take advantage of their clients’ ignorance of the criminal justice process. We take the opposite approach. A knowledgeable client is a happy client. Therefore, we provide a wealth of information in the way of articles about criminal offenses, blog posts, and videos for free on our website.

Visit Our YouTube Channel for informational videos and client testimonials.
Visit Our blog for posts on cases, defenses, and criminal law information.

Dallas Invasive Visual Recording Attorney Mike Howard

Above all, I strive to help my clients through difficult times with compassion and integrity. In Dallas innocent people can get accused, charged, and convicted when they don’t have a Dallas invasive visual recording attorney fighting for them. I believe in standing up for people facing criminal accusations and helping them navigate all that comes with being thrown into the criminal justice system.


The cornerstone of my law practice is focusing on my clients as individuals.  I start by taking the time to understand not just the facts of their case, but who they are and what they need. Because I know the criminal justice system can be intimidating, I explain the process, their rights, and their options. Client communication is extremely important to me, so I make sure my team and I do everything possible to quickly answer questions and return messages.

Willing to Fight

Most importantly, I am willing to fight a case in court.  I have a track record of delivering fantastic results at trial. While not every client and case needs to go to trial, it can make a difference. When your Dallas invasive visual recording attorney has a reputation as a skilled trial lawyer who fights for their clients, however, it can make all the difference in the world.

A Proven Track Record

Dallas Invasive Visual Recording Lawyer

L.M. – Sexual Assault

Our client was a teenage boy who had consensual sex with a girl at a party. When her parents found out she claimed rape. We were able to fully investigate and convince the detective to reject the case.

C.L. – Sexual Assault

Our client was a college student who was wrongly accused of holding a girl against her will and repeatedly raping her. We fully investigated and were able to completely blow her false story out of the water. The grand jury dismissed all charges.

F.S. – Sexual Assault

Our client was accused by his ex-wife of raping her. He denied it and maintained it was consensual. We fought for F.S. in court and the jury found him Not Guilty.

M.J. – Continuous Sexual Abuse

Our client was accused by the daughter of an ex-girlfriend of repeatedly abusing her. We were able to show the jury that all sorts of motive existed to make this story up and that no proof existed. The jury found M.J. not guilty.