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Sexually Oriented Business (SOB) Violations

Houston Municipal Code Chapter 28, Article VIII

Directors, 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[1]. 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 to include:

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[2]. It is a Class A misdemeanor[3], 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.


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