Sexually Oriented Business (SOB) Violations
Houston Municipal Code Chapter 28, Article VIII
employees, and entertainers in the sexually oriented business industry are all held to certain standards
per Houston Municipal Code Chapter 28, Article VIII. An alleged violation
could warrant a fine or
criminal charges . The city of Houston has its own regulations for businesses that are
“sexually oriented” in nature. This includes businesses that
provide “live nude entertainment or live nude performances for an
audience of two or more individuals, and authorize on-premises consumption
of alcoholic beverages, regardless of whether the businesses are required
to hold a license or permit under the Alcoholic Beverage Code,”
according to the Texas Comptroller. The most common and recognized form of sexually oriented business is
the strip club.
If you’ve been accused of an SOB violation, you need the help of
a Houston criminal defense lawyer. Contact our office today for afree, confidential consultation.
Protecting Business Owners' Rights
The Law Offices of Jed Silverman represents owners of businesses such as
strip clubs, topless bars, adult bookstores, adult movie theaters, adult
video stores, adult novelty (sex toy) stores, adult motels and massage
parlors. We also represent dancers, strippers and escorts who have been
charged with violations or prostitution.
Some common sexually oriented business violations include:
- Three-foot rule violations
- Touching a customer
- Clothing violations
- Alcohol code violations
- Lighting violations
- Public areas of the business that are blocked off
Employees are not allowed to touch customers while engaging in entertainment,
approach closer than three feet from a customer, or engage in entertainment
in a room blocked off from the rest of the enterprise.
“Enterprises” Under the Sexually Oriented Business Law
According to this code, an "enterprise" is:
An adult bookstore, adult cabaret, adult encounter parlor, adult lounge,
adult modeling studio, adult movie theater or any establishment whose
primary business is the offering of a service or the selling, renting
or exhibiting of devices or any other items intended to provide sexual
stimulation or sexual gratification to its customers, and which is distinguished
by or characterized by an emphasis on matter depicting, describing or
relating to specified sexual activities or specified anatomical areas.
The term "enterprise" shall include any premises for which a
permit is required under either or both of articles II and III of this
chapter. However, the term 'enterprise' shall not be construed
Sec. 28-259. – Penalties for Sexually Oriented Business Violations
Sexually oriented business violations are punishable by Section 243.010(b)
of the Local Government Code. It is a Class A misdemeanor, which in Texas, is punishable by a fine up to $4,000, jail for up to
one year, or both.
Get Tough Defense: Contact The Law Offices of Jed Silverman
Our attorneys know how to fight these charges and protect your rights as
a business owner.
Please call our office at (713) 597-2221
to schedule a free consultation.