Adultery Charges and Penalties
In some states, including Florida, it is still considered a crime to commit adultery – i.e., having romantic relations with someone other than your spouse. While most states have abolished the law that classifies adultery as a crime, Florida is among the few that has held onto the statute. If you are charged with adultery, you face the possibility of criminal punishment in addition to any civil penalties that your spouse chooses to pursue.
An adultery conviction could tarnish your personal and professional reputation for years. If you have been charged with adultery, the West Palm Beach criminal lawyers of Eric N. Klein & Associates, P.A. are committed to defending your case and protecting your legal rights.
Adultery and Florida Law
According to Florida law, any individual who is married and involved in romantic relations with another may be charged with “living in open adultery.” Additionally, the law applies to both parties involved in the adulterous relationship, even if only one of the parties is married. This means that if two individuals are found to be engaging in adultery, both may be charged with the infraction. This criminal offense is classified as a second-degree misdemeanor.
If you are found guilty of “living in open adultery”, you may be subjected to the following penalties:
- Up to 60 days in prison
- Up to $500 in fines
Clearly, committing adultery can lead to costly criminal penalties, including having a criminal record. The combination of a criminal conviction and civil lawsuit could damage your reputation with your family, friends, coworkers, and professional contacts.
In addition, a criminal conviction can make it more difficult to find or hold a job, secure a loan, or apply to an educational institution. If you have been charged with adultery in Florida, it is important to consult with an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible to begin preparing your case.
For sound legal advice and assistance with your criminal adultery charges and legal defense, don’t hesitate to contact the West Palm Beach criminal attorneys of Eric N. Klein & Associates, P.A. today at 561-353-2800.