Adultery still a crime in Virginia: Senate kills decrim bill

virginia lawDid you know that adultery is still a crime in Virginia? Not only is it still a crime, but a bill to decriminalize adultery failed in a State Senate committee on Monday.

The bill proposed by Fairfax Democratic Sen. Scott Surovell failed by a voice vote.

Virginia is one of about a dozen states to still treat adultery as a crime.

Under current state law, adultery is classified as a misdemeanor offense with a fine of up to $250.

The Surovell bill would have reclassified adultery as a civil matter with a penalty of up to $250, to make it harder for suspected adulterers to escape accountability by invoking their Fifth Amendment right to self-incrimination.

Taking the Fifth can be viewed adversely in civil cases.

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