Revenge porn conviction, be careful about your actions after a break up:

March 2, 2018

Revenge porn conviction, be careful about your actions after a break up:

Internet, social media, and easy access to material and information online has positives and negatives. On the positive side we can easily see what is going on around the world and keep in touch with loved ones that previously we were only able to call maybe occasionally; but on the negative side, there are things people can do now that they wouldn’t be able to before. For example, before the social media and internet age, when someone went through a breakup, sometimes they would show that naked photo they had of their ex to their buddies as a way to either get back at her, or to look “cool” because he had naked pictures of a girl people knew. But now, a person with the same intentions can easily destroy someone’s life by publishing a video or photos of her online that can easily be accessed by thousands of people. Although many websites such as Facebook have attempted to reduce the risk of this happening by adding a review process for photos that are posted, it is currently impossible to prevent someone from being able to sabotage another person’s life by posting inappropriate photos or video of her online. This is the reason that Texas, among other states, has recently passed laws to deal with this issue. 

What is Revenge Porn legally known as? 

The Texas Penal Code refers to “revenge porn” as “Unlawful Disclosure or Promotion of Intimate Visual Material.”

What crime can someone be charged with for “Revenge Porn”?

Revenge porn is a class A misdemeanor in Texas.

What is the definition of “Revenge Porn”? 

Revenger porn occurs when a person:

  1. Without the consent of the depicting individual
  2. Discloses visual material depicting another person with the person’s intimate part exposed or engaged in sexual conduct
  3. The visual material was obtained when the depicted individual has a reasonable expectation of privacy (for example, if a person is exposing intimate parts in public and someone takes a photo and posts it online, this would not be a crime under the definition),
  4. The disclosure causes harm to the depicted individual, and 
  5. The identity of the depicted individual, either directly or indirectly is revealed (for example if the face of the individual is not shown in the photo or video, but a third party is able to verify the identity by any means, then this is sufficient for the crime under the definition.)

What punishment can someone get for committing revenge porn? 

In Texas, revenge porn is punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $4,000.00.

Contact A.T. Law Office for a Free Consult 

If you have questions regarding a criminal case, including revenge porn, it’s important to speak to an attorney right away. If you need an attorney in North Houston, Woodlands, Klein, Tomball, Cypress, FM 1960, Galveston, and surrounding areas, call the A.T. Law Firm for a free consultation. We also travel to different counties including but not limited to Harris County, Montgomery County, Liberty County, Chambers County, Galveston County, Ford Bend County, Waller County, and Brazoria County. Contact the A.T. Law Firm by calling (832) 800-5590for a free consultation.revenge-porn-photo