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Obscenity laws generally prohibit the sale or distribution of obscene material, though states vary widely in what is regarded as obscene. Most obscenity laws act as a way to control obscenity by declaring what is legally obscene, indecent, or simply offensive. Anything that may be offensive to morals may be referred to as obscenity and sometimes it is equated with pornography. United States courts have had difficulty defining exactly what is offensive or not in regards to obscenity laws.
Obscenity is illegal in every state. If a work is legally declared as obscene then it may be censored and its producers may face penalities. The U.S. Supreme Court developed the Miller Test, in 1973, for determining what is obscene. The Miller Test, also called the Three Prong Obscenity Test, consists of three parts and when all the three conditions below are satisfied then the work is considered obscene.
When pornographic material is distributed in an unsolicited manner or put on public display the criminal charge of obscenity may apply. Generally speaking, obscene items are anything that meets all three parts of the Miller Test above. Most states regard obscenity as anything that is sex related and goes beyond mere nudity. When pornography becomes obscene it becomes subject to federal and state laws and censorship. All pornography and obscene materials that involve children are illegal in all states and carry some of the most severe and stringent penalties.
Distribution or display of pornographic or obscene materials may be prosecuted as a relatively minor misdemeanor. However, if such material is distributed over the Internet, federal charges of Internet Pornography can be made. If the materials involve images or descriptions of minors, serious child pornography charges can be filed. If obscene or pornographic materials are shown or distributed to children or minors a serious charge of distribution of pornography or lewd and lascivious conduct can apply.
When charged with a sex crime, the mere accusation can have a devastating effect on your life, including serious harm to your reputation, career and personal relationships. If convicted, you can face a lifetime registration as a sex offender and severe criminal penalties. A sex crime conviction can follow you for the rest of your life, and convictions can occur even when the only evidence is the victim's word.
The defense of sex crime cases is a highly specialized area of law that requires specific strategies and a defense team of criminal lawyers with experience defending sex crime charges, such as obscenity.
When pornographic materials involve computers or the Internet, your criminal attorneys needs cybercrime defense experience and technical knowledge about computers. It is also important to have a federal attorney on your team in the event that the FBI chooses to pursue charges against you.
Internet Pornography is aggressively prosecuted by the Federal government with severe sentencing penalties.
An obvious strategy is to deny that you created or knowingly possessed pornographic images. As with all pornography charges, there is not always a clear definition of what types of images are considered to be "pornographic." This subjectivity, along with the means by which evidence was collected against you, may form important parts of your defense strategy.
With crimes involving computers, it is important to understand that there are many ways that pornographic or obscene images can be placed on your computer without your knowledge. An experienced pornography defense attorney will understand this and thoroughly pursue this possible defense.
LibertyBell Law Group was founded by a group of criminal defense attorneys who have a track record of generating results. We grew frustrated with the fact that thousands of people still suffer life-altering consequences because they do not have the ability to mount an adequate defense.
We created this law firm to level the playing field. We hand-picked only the foremost experts in sex crimes defense. We have extensive experience and an impressive track record of results in sensitive and highly challenging sex crime cases.
We provide these legal veterans with all of the resources they need to get the best possible results for our clients. We make this powerful legal defense force available and affordable.
As a client, you can now draw on the combined talents and resources of a large law firm with one goal -- getting the best possible result for your case. We stand ready to defend you both inside and outside the courtroom.
Call us now at 855-LAW-PRO1 for a free consultation with one of our criminal attorneys. Early intervention is the key to our mutual success.
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