We like to believe that we have some basic idea of what is and isn’t legal. However, sometimes you get blindsided by the law – particularly if you live in the Sunshine State. With this in mind, here are some examples of reasons you can go to jail in Florida that you may not have been aware of.
Cheating On Your Spouse
As ridiculous as this does sound, you can actually go to jail for cheating on your spouse.
Furthermore, cheating on your spouse can result in a punishment up to a second degree misdemeanor. One particular clause in this law that is notorious for its ridiculousness is the illegality of cohabitation.
This means that it is technically illegal for any man and woman to live together if they aren’t married. This archaic law is nearly never enforced, but is still technically illegal in the state of Florida.
Trying to Use a Fake ID
Many people don’t realize how serious of an offense that getting caught with a fake I.D. is in the state of Florida. It’s a felony in the Sunshine State.
However, in most cases you won’t end up getting charged for a felony offense. Although, the possibility is definitely still there. Consequently, the typical punishment for this offense can range very widely. Therefore, this is not an offense that you want to commit.
Not Keeping Up With Your Taxes
You probably were aware that neglecting to properly pay your taxes could get you thrown in jail. But, you may not have know about the severity of the consequences.
Not paying your taxes can result in you facing up to 30 years in jail, along with up to $10,000 in fines. It is never a good idea to fall behind on paying your taxes as well.
That is why we encourage our clients, and anyone really, to go to the furthest extents to try and pay their taxes in full and on time.
Spitting On The Sidewalk
This is up there with the more ridiculous laws that still exist in Florida.
Generally speaking, if you are in custody and you spit on the ground, law enforcement can use it against you by charging you for it – because it is technical illegal in Florida to spit on the sidewalk. It is unbelievable to think that this country still has laws like this in place, but no moves have been made to get rid of it recently.
Granted, most police officers would never end up holding this against you, but it is definitely something you need to be aware of if you ever find yourself in the custody of law enforcement in the state of Florida.
Peeing in public
You likely knew that you could be arrested for public urination.
Although, what you most likely didn’t know were the additional possible consequences that may come along with being charged for peeing in public.
If any person is able to visualize you while this is going on, they can file sexual harassment charges that end up being a lot worse than the public urination charge.
Why is it Good to Know an Experience Attorney in Florida?
Many Americans will see the inside of a jail cell at some point in their lives. If you think it only happens to criminals or serial troublemakers, think again.
According to FBI estimates cited by the Wall Street Journal, authorities have made more than a quarter of a billion arrests in the past 20 years.
This astronomical figure includes arrests of all sorts, from the completely legitimate to the downright bizarre.
It also includes arrests and jail sentences for things we’ve all probably been guilty of at one time or another.
If you find yourself in the position of needing the services of a knowledgeable and experienced attorney in South Florida, call the Stafford Firm today on (866)339-4693.