Any material or performance is considered “obscene” when it goes against community sexual standards. If an act depicts an offensive form of sexual acts, no matter how it is presented, the individual responsible for making these images widely available can be charged with obscenity. Any forms of masturbation, sadistic or masochistic actions, or exhibition of genitalia can also be grounds for obscenity charges.

Obscenity can be in any kind of material that is meant to attract interest through reading, simple observation, or by sounds. These criteria are looked at when considering whether a device is obscene or not and can include anything from magazines to readings.

Obscenities can also be in the performance of a play, movie, dance, or any other kind of performance that has an audience. Texas law prohibits obscenity from not just individuals but prohibits obscenity from reaching the public. If someone decides to show a movie or interpretive dance that most people would find sexually offensive, then he or she can be charged with obscenity.

Any kind of obscene promotions or marketing materials are also prohibited by Texas law.

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Obscenity charges in Texas are serious business. If you or someone you know has been charged with obscenity, you need a dedicated and experienced attorney to represent your interests and fight for your rights. Contact the Austin criminal lawyer Ian Inglis at (512) 472-1950 and find out your legal rights and options.

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