Obscenity Law

Obscenity laws deal with laws that relate to the regulation or suppression of what is considered obscene material. In the United States, this usually revolves around pornography and issues of freedom of speech.

Because censorship laws enacted to combat obscenity restrict freedom of expression, crafting a legal definition of obscenity is a very difficult proposition. The sale and distribution of "obscene" materials has been prohibited in most American states for decades, However, most of the legislation relating to obscenity has not clearly defined what it is, leaving it to courts to determine whether something is obscene or not. While the Supreme Court has ruled that obscenity is not protected by the First Amendment, it, too, has left it to trial courts to determine what obscene materials are.

Basically, a matter is only obscene if it would be considered so by the local community standards. This standard virtually assures that the definition of what is obscene will vary widely from one location to another.

For more information on obscenity law, please review the materials below. Additionally, you may be able to find an attorney with experience dealing with obscenity in your jurisdiction on the Law Firms page of our website.

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Obscenity Articles

  • Finding the Right Lawyer for Your Georgia DUI Case among NW Georgia Attorneys
    If you need legal representation for a DUI or other criminal defense case in Georgia, it is crucial to limit your search to criminal defense attorneys. An experienced defense lawyer who is familiar with, and well-known, to the local court where your case is filed, may be crucial for you to obtain the best outcome for your criminal case. When choosing an attorney for criminal defense, consider his or her experience, track record, and recognition and "standing" in the legal community. If you look at national lawyers’ ratings directories, it seems that all the best criminal lawyers in Georgia are clustered in the major cities, but that is not necessarily true.
  • What to Do If You Are a Victim of Sexual Harassment in Mississippi
    Sexual harassment is a serious problem that affects many people. Unfortunately, sexual harassment can happen anywhere, including work, school, or in public places. Sexual harassment often has significant detrimental impacts on an individual’s well-being, causing physical, emotional, and psychological harm. In such cases, it is essential to seek legal representation to help understand and protect your rights and seek justice. In this blog, we will explore some of the reasons why one might need a sexual harassment lawyer.
  • Colorado Sex Offender Registry: What Should I Know?
    Convicted of a sex crime or accused of a sex crime that you are afraid may result in a conviction? A conviction could come with required registration as a sex offender. It may not sound like much to be concerned about. It may seem like all you need to do is provide updates about your contact information whenever you move.
  • What Is Super Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child in Texas?
    Super aggravated sexual assault of a child is one of the most serious criminal offenses in Texas – and the state tries to punish it as such. The term “super” refers to the enhanced punishment that comes with a conviction. Super aggravated sexual assault of a child occurs when the victim is either under age six or if the offender has previously been convicted of a violent sexual assault of a victim under age 14. The “super” charge can also apply to cases of continuous child sexual abuse or if the offender has previous convictions for child abuse or aggravated sexual assault of a child.
  • Understanding Texas Public Lewdness and Indecent Exposure Laws
    In Texas, having sex in public is illegal under the provisions of public lewdness and indecent exposure laws. Public lewdness is defined in the Texas Penal Code Section 21.07 as knowingly engaging in any of the following acts in a public place or where others are present and could be offended or alarmed:
  • Probation Violations in Georgia: Fighting a Revocation
    A probation violation in Georgia can carry serious consequences. This web page by Atlanta criminal lawyer and ex-probation officer Lance Patrick explains various probation violation "conditions" issues such as failure to report when required, being late on payments, or leaving the jurisdiction without prior permission.
  • When Is an Internet Search Illegal in Texas?
    Google averaged 8.5 billion searches a day in 2022. That’s nearly 100,000 Internet searches every second. Anyone with a smartphone – just about everyone these days – has the information superhighway at their fingertips and access to almost anything. We search everything from directions to a restaurant to movie showtimes to the latest news on our favorite team. Some Internet searches, however, are illegal and could land you in trouble with law enforcement. In some cases, just searching certain topics could result in an arrest and legal issues. If you are being investigated for an Internet computer crime, contact an experienced illegal internet search attorney as soon as possible. The team at Varghese Summersett includes Board Certified criminal defense attorneys with unmatched success for over three decades in North Texas.
  • Can My Minnesota Teacher’s License Be Suspended or Revoked?
    The Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board or Board of School Administrators that has jurisdiction over your teacher’s license can revoke, suspend or refuse to renew your license when a written complaint against you meets certain conditions. A school board, teacher organization or another interested person may initiate the process by making a written complaint. Under what conditions can your license be legally suspended, revoked or non-renewed?
  • Charged With a Crime in Texas? Answers to FAQs
    If you have been charged with a crime in Texas, it is in your best interest to take the matter very seriously. If this is the difficult position you find yourself in, you almost certainly have questions. One of the most important steps you can keep in mind to take in the protection of your rights and in support of your case’s best possible resolution is reaching out to an experienced Texas criminal defense attorney for the legal guidance you need.
  • Hiring an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney in GA
    The job of the criminal defenders in Georgia is to fight the State's effort to penalize you and create a permanent criminal record. Comprehensive investigation and review of the State's evidence are the keys to a great outcome in most cases.

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