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What does the Texas revenge porn law prohibit?

On Behalf of | Jun 2, 2022 | Sex Crimes |

  1. Mobile devices make it easier for people to quickly connect with one another and to share more of their lives with people who may not live anywhere near them. 

Although it was once quite rare for people to take racy photos for their romantic partners or record videos of themselves during their most intimate moments, such practices have now become commonplace and far more socially acceptable than they were just a few years ago. 

Sometimes, the videos and photos one person has of another may expose a side of themselves they don’t reveal to the public. Sharing those videos or images with someone else without the consent of the person in them could lead to a criminal charge under Texas revenge porn laws. 

You need consent to share intimate images

While the stigma associated with taking sexy photographs or videotaping intimate moments has decreased, people can still face significant social and professional backlash if their private videos and photographs wind up on the internet or in the hands of a co-worker or family member. 

Texas has had a revenge porn law that the other party can invoke. If they discover that you shared those videos or photos with others, they could report you to the police and seek your prosecution. 

If convicted, you could face up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $4,000. The Texas Supreme Court has even ruled that these limitations are not a violation of someone’s First Amendment free-speech rights, which likely means that prosecution under the statute will continue.

Learning more about the various sex crimes that Texas prosecutes people for can help you avoid unintentionally breaking the law.

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