Nevada law has defined certain conduct as criminal behavior because the behavior goes against public decency and good morals. The offenses against public decency and good morals that are illegal in Nevada are defined in Chapter 201 of Title 15. There are different subsections within this Chapter, including a subsection related to obscenity.
Obscenity has a very specific legal definition in Nevada, which is found in Nevada Revised Statute section 201.235. According to the definition in the relevant statute, obscene material must be found to appeal to the prurient interest by an average person applying contemporary standards.
The material can refer to anything tangible, but in order to be obscene it must be lacking in serious artistic, political, literary, or scientific value when taken as a whole. To be obscene, it also must either lewdly expose the genitals or it must describe sexual acts, sadism, masochism, masturbation, or excretory function in a patently offensive way.
If material is considered to be obscene, there are restrictions on what can be done with it and there are penalties if you engage in unlawful conduct in connection with the material. One offense related to obscene material is defined in Nevada Revised Statute section 201.253, which establishes the criminal offense associated with involvement in obscene, indecent or immoral shows, acts or performances.
If you have been accused of violating N.R.S. 201.253, you need to talk with an experienced attorney who understands how to defend against these serious charges. LV Criminal Defense is here to help. Our Vegas criminal defense lawyers have represented many defendants accused of violating various provisions of Chapter 201 and we can put our legal knowledge of crimes against public morals and good decency to work to fight for your future. Give us a call today to find out how we can represent and advocate for you as you navigate the criminal justice system in connection with obscenity offenses.
According to Nevada Revised Statute section 201.253, it is a criminal offense in the state of Nevada to knowingly cause an obscene, indecent or immoral show, act, or performance to be performed. It is also illegal to exhibit an obscene, indecent or immoral show and to engage in the performance or exhibition of such a show. If you violate the law by presenting or engaging in an obscene show, or by causing such a show to be presented, you could be charged with a misdemeanor crime and could potentially face jail time.
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There are, however, exceptions to this rule. For example, under Nevada Revised Statute section 201.254, a movie projectionist or a stagehand who causes obscene material to be projected or exhibited cannot face criminal prosecution if the projectionist or stagehand was acting in accordance with his or her employment when causing the projection or exhibition. However, to be protected under N.R.S. 201.254, the projectionist or the stage hand must not have an economic interest in the production or exhibition of the obscene material, other than earning the wages from employment.
If you have been accused of a crime in connection with obscene, indecent or immoral material, you need to understand what a prosecutor must prove to secure a conviction and you need to evaluate the evidence against you in order to determine if you should fight charges or try to negotiate a plea agreement. An experienced attorney can help.
LV Criminal Defense will work closely with you to determine the best course of action in the particular circumstances of your case so you can get the best outcome possible as you navigate the criminal justice system. Give us a call as soon as possible when you have been accused of a crime related to obscenity so our Vegas defense attorneys can help you to fight charges.