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Criminal Defense Lawyers: Obscenity

Obscenity is defined as sexually explicit material that depicts persons in sexual activities. Obscene material and language refer to any sexually explicit writing, drawing, painting, or other visual representation that is not "closely" related to the subject matter of the actual written, drawn, painted, or photographed work. This includes depictions of sexual activity in novels, photographs, or films. People who have been charged with obscenity or pornography may have very complex issues that have to be addressed by a competent attorney.


The First Amendment protects the freedom of speech and allows individuals to read, write, and speak about any text material. As long as the rights are not used to express an opinion that others do not approve of, the law does not discriminate against a person based on their viewpoint. However, when it comes to sexually explicit material, such as obscenity, people can be charged with charges of obscenity and can face years in prison if they are found guilty.

Most states prohibit obscene material that is determined to be sexually suggestive, violent criminal behavior, and obscene statements. There are several exceptions for certain types of materials, such as books, movies, and children's cartoons.

When individuals are charged with obscenity or other obscenity-related charges, they should be aware of their possible penalties. Some of the penalties that they may face include:

Court Dates - Courts may set court dates for those who have been charged with obscenity. Court dates may also be set if individuals are found guilty of the charges. Those who are found guilty may also face jail time. Individuals who have faced charges, or who have been charged but not convicted, should seek a Charlotte defense lawyer at an early stage.

Guilty Pleas - Individuals who plead guilty to obscenity charges maybe required to appear in court, and will have to appear in person. In some cases, they may also be required to appear in a courtroom, but may not be required to go to trial.

Reparations - If convicted, individuals may be ordered to pay restitution. This restitution may be in the form of money or something else, depending on the state laws.

Individuals should always consult a criminal defense lawyer before they face charges for obscenity or other obscene crimes. A competent attorney will be able to advise them on how best to proceed with their case and how long they should expect to spend in prison.

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