Seemingly Minor Crimes that Could Land You in Jail

It was recently reported that a Florida judge sentenced a young man who showed up late for jury duty  to 10 days in jail. This case is extremely harsh, but in the USA there are countless common ‘misdemeanors’ that may seem relatively harmless. However, these seemingly minor crimes have the potential to land you in jail and result in you being hit with a criminal record that could make it difficult for you to find a new job, apply for credit, and cause many other substantial problems for you in the future. A few of these common misdemeanors are highlighted below.

Catching fish that are off-limits

If you are a person who enjoys fishing for leisure, it is essential that you educate yourself on the different types of fish that are fair game, as well as on the types that are off-limits. The status of some types of fish change according to the season, so it is important to be aware of the details regarding this too. If you are caught with an off-limits fish in your possession, you are likely to be slapped with a fine, but it could also land you in jail.

Remember, it is also possible to be arrested if you are found to be fishing or hunting without the appropriate license.

Playing ‘hooky’

Teenagers in high school who miss too many days of school may find themselves in big trouble with the law in certain states in the US. For example, a Daytona Beach bail bondsman from Alliance Bail Bonds in Florida claims that missing 10 or more days of classes over a six-month period, or three days in four weeks, can result in adult criminal proceedings in Texas and sizeable fines.

Your dogs

Being a pet owner is a massive responsibility – and it definitely isn’t one to take lightly if you want to stay on the right side of the law. Your dogs have the potential to land you in jail, especially if they manage to escape your home and injure someone thereafter. The fines for this can be quite substantial; never mind the medical bills that you will likely have to cover. If you cannot afford these bills, then there is a strong chance that you could land up behind bars as a result.

Also, be sure to familiarize yourself with the dog leash requirements in your state!

Failing to pay fines

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The reality is that most ‘minor crimes’ will lead to you being served a fine. In most cases, you will have a certain period of time in which to settle these fines. However, if you are not able to for whatever reason, a warrant will soon be issued for your arrest. In so many instances, this is the main reason why people who have committed ‘small misdemeanors’ wind up in jail. Therefore, it is essential that you do everything in your power to pay off your fines, in full, as soon as you can. Otherwise you may be in need of a bail bondsman faster than you think!

Ultimately, it is always better to be safe than sorry. If ever you find yourself in trouble with the law or you discover that there is a warrant out for your arrest, consult with a lawyer immediately. He or she will be able to advise you in terms of the best possible course of action going forward.

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