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Court rules against revenge porn law

A court in Texas ruled that the state's revenge porn law is too broad and violates the First Amendment. It also asked a lower court to dismiss the case that made the ruling necessary. The attorney general's office in the state is going to lead an appeal of the 12th Court of Appeal's decision. For now, the ruling only applies to communities that are within that court's jurisdiction, but it is possible that other courts in the state will review the law as well.

In addition to Texas, other states have their own versions of revenge porn laws. Revenge porn refers to the posting of intimate photos without the permission of the person in those photos. The Texas version also included third parties who may have accidentally shared such pictures. Individuals who were convicted under the statute could be punished by spending up to a year in jail or paying a fine of $4,000.

Those who are facing criminal charges of any kind may benefit by consulting with a criminal defense lawyer. An individual could face penalties such as a fine, jail time or probation if convicted whether the charge is a misdemeanor or a felony. This may make it harder for a person to to find work, get into school or afford to maintain his or her standard of living.

An attorney may be able to help a defendant obtain a favorable outcome in his or her case. This might be done by asserting that a law violates an individual's right to free speech or other rights as granted in the Constitution. Legal counsel may also work to have evidence suppressed or cast doubt upon witness testimony in a case. Taking these steps might result in a plea bargain or an acquittal.

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