Laws You Didn’t Know You Were Breaking 

 August 27, 2015

By  LMW Attorneys

Most of us like to think of ourselves as law-abiding citizens. Sure, we may make a mistake here and there, but for the most part we follow the rules. Or so we thought…

There are some laws that are on the book which are so crazy; you wouldn’t even believe you are breaking them! Here are just three examples of laws you didn’t know existed and that many of us break without even realizing it.

Using a Computer

Back in 2013, Florida Governor Rick Scott decided it was time to get tough on gambling. To do this, he approved a ban on slot machines and Internet cafes. The goal of this law was to stop people from illegally gambling online.

However, this law was rushed, and some poor wording made its way through. The law defines an illegal slot machine as any “system or network of devices” that could be used in a game of chance. Since any computer, smart phone or tablet could fit this definition; the state of Florida has essentially banned all Internet connective devices.

While we don’t think the Florida government will be coming after you for checking Twitter, it did force over a thousand Internet cafes in the state to shut down.

Living With Your Significant Other

Today, many Floridians cohabit with their significant other, even before they make it down the aisle. And while this may no longer be taboo socially, the law still sees it as a crime.

That’s right, according to the Florida Statutes Title XLVI chapter 798 section 02,” If any man and woman, not being married to each other, lewdly and lasciviously associate and cohabit together, or if any man or woman, married or unmarried, engages in open and gross lewdness and lascivious behavior, they shall be guilty of a misdemeanor of the second degree.”

Wishing Someone a Happy Birthday

Let’s say you decide to go out for dinner for your next birthday. At the end of the meal, the waiter brings you out a piece of cake, and all your friends sing the classic song “Happy Birthday to You.” Seems like innocent fun, right? Well, without even knowing it, your friends have just committed a crime.

“Happy Birthday to You” is a trademarked song, and it is illegal to sing it in public. And if you think that you’re above the law, remember this, the Girl Scouts of America were successfully sued for illegally using this song.

Get All the Expert Law Advice You Need

While breaking any of these laws aren’t likely to land you behind bars, other crimes can. If you or someone you love has broken a law, even unknowingly, it’s important to receive the right legal counsel.

If you are someone you care about is in need of legal help, contact Laporte, Mulligan & Werner-Watkins, Attorneys at Law. We will help you understand navigate the legal system and fight for your rights in court.