Most people take for granted that their state has understandable, reasonable laws that everyone must follow. It’s against the law to steal, assault or kill another person, and drive recklessly or while intoxicated. However, the Commonwealth has some laws on the books that you may not know about.
Strange Virginia Laws
As a Virginia resident, you should know that it is technically illegal to:
- Use profane, indecent, or threatening language on the phone. This includes the language you use in your text messages.
- Tickle a woman. Men, however, may be tickled.
- Hunt any animal other than a raccoon on a Sunday. If you are going to hunt a raccoon on a Sunday, however, you must do so by 2 a.m.
- Have sex with the lights on.
- Have sex outside of marriage. This is punishable as a Class 4 misdemeanor.
Additionally, different counties and municipalities have their own strange laws. For example, it is:
- Illegal to flip a coin to decide who pays for coffee in Richmond.
- Illegal to wash a mule on the sidewalk in Culpeper.
- Illegal to spit on a seagull in Norfolk.
- Illegal for a woman to be out at night in Norfolk unless she is wearing a corset and is accompanied by a male chaperon.
- Legal for a man to beat his wife on the courthouse steps in Stafford County as long as he does it before 8 p.m.
Will You Face Legal Penalties for Breaking These Laws?
Whether you can face penalties for breaking these laws depends. In 2012, for example, the Virginia Supreme Court applied the law making it illegal to use profane, indecent, or threatening language over the phone. However, there are no known recent cases where a couple having sex with the lights on was prosecuted.