On September 1, 2021, soliciting prostitution went from a Class B misdemeanor to a felony with one stroke of the Texas governor’s pen. The state is now the first to treat buying sex as a felony.
Texas employs stringent laws to protect the public from exposure to unwanted sexual behaviors. It especially prohibits people from displaying themselves just to rile or offend others. However, you may be unclear about how you can behave with your romantic partner in public or where you can engage in tasks like changing your clothing, particularly […]
Texas laws aggressively pursue anyone who partakes in child pornography in the state. People who are charged with this crime face some of the harshest civil and criminal penalties. They are also subject to being prosecuted both at the state and federal levels. When you find yourself charged with possessing or promoting child pornography in […]
Remember when our parents warned us about talking to strangers online? Long gone are those days! As adults, about 53% of the population think that dating sites, where you meet strangers online, are “very” or “somewhat” safe. Do you really know who you’re talking to, though? What happens if you end up in an intimate […]
Were you convicted of a sex crime? Are you required to register as a sex offender after your prison sentence? You’re not alone. It’s estimated that over 740,000 registered sex offenders reside within the U.S. While they aren’t sentenced to a life behind bars, a sexual offender’s lifestyle is highly restricted even after they’re released […]
One of the many new laws to hit the books on September 1, 2019, was HB 2789, informally known as the “unsolicited sexual content law.” It is an amendment to Texas Penal Code Chapter 21, Sexual Offenses. The added section to the code is formally entitled “Unlawful Transmission of Sexually Explicit Visual Material.” In simpler […]
Most people accused of a sex crime have one of two options when making their cases in court. They can have their lawyers enter a plea of innocent or guilty depending on factors like the evidence against them, prior criminal histories, and eyewitness testimonies. However, these two plea options may not adequately apply to […]
The American media is reporting more on inappropriate relationships between educators and students. When these cases are brought to life, the media make it a point to highlight the punishments that educators receive for having sexual relations with students. In fact, most people in America today know that such relationships are illegal. However, they may […]
Texas Penal Code Section 43.21 targets obscenity and defines “obscene material” as material that an average person in the application of “contemporary community standards” would take, as a whole, appealing to an excessive interest in sexual matters. The law says it may also concern descriptions and/or representations of sexual acts, simulated sexual acts, sodomy, lewd […]
The Texas appeals court has blocked the earlier revenge porn law [the Relationship Privacy Act, SB 1135(2015)] due to Constitutional concerns. The law previously prohibited the promotion or disclosure of intimate images without obtaining consent from the individual(s) depicted.