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Bigamy Laws by State 2024

Bigamy Laws by State 2024

Bigamy, the act of marrying one person while still legally married to another, is illegal across all states in the United States. Despite its illegality, instances of bigamy still occur, often due to misunderstandings of divorce proceedings or deliberate deception. However, strict legal consequences serve as a deterrent in most cases.

In many states, bigamy is classified as a felony or a serious misdemeanor, carrying penalties such as imprisonment and hefty fines. For instance, in Arizona, bigamy can lead to imprisonment for 6 to 18 months and fines of up to $150,000. Similarly, in Colorado, it's a Class 2 misdemeanor punishable by up to 120 days in jail and fines up to $750.

Some states have particularly stringent laws regarding bigamy. In Utah, for example, offenders may face fines, community service, and possible imprisonment. Moreover, in states like Louisiana, bigamists can face up to 5 years of imprisonment with or without hard labor and fines of up to $1,000.

While bigamy remains illegal and carries significant legal consequences, it persists as a challenge for legal authorities due to its clandestine nature. However, the severity of punishment across states underscores the importance of upholding the institution of marriage and the legal ramifications of violating its sanctity.

Bigamy Laws by State 2024

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State
Bigamy Legal
Penalty
AlabamaIllegalClass C felony
AlaskaIllegalMisdemeanor
ArizonaIllegal6-18 months imprisonment and a fine of up to $150,000
ArkansasIllegalMisdemeanor
CaliforniaIllegalFine of up to $10,000 or 1 year imprisonment. Spouse may be charged $5,000 if they knew the bigamist was married
ColoradoIllegalClass 2 misdemeanor. Up to 120 days imprisonment and/or up to $750 in fines
ConnecticutIllegalClass D felony, imprisonment up to 5 years and may be fined up to $5,000.00
DelawareIllegalClass G felony
FloridaIllegalUp to 5 years imprisonment and a $5,000 fine
GeorgiaIllegalImprisonment for 1-10 years
HawaiiIllegalMisdemeanor punishable by 30 days imprisonment
IdahoIllegalUp to 3 years imprisonment and a fine of $2,000
IllinoisIllegalClass 4 felony. Up to 3 years imprisonment
IndianaIllegalLevel 6 felony. 6 months to 2 1/2 years imprisonment and possible fines up to $10,000
IowaIllegalMisdemeanor
KansasIllegalBigamy is a severity level 10, nonperson felony
KentuckyIllegalClass D Felony. Imprisonment of 1-5 years and possible fine of $1,000-$10,000
LouisianaIllegalFine up to $1,000 and/or up to 5 years imprisonment, with or without hard labor
MaineIllegalMisdemeanor
MarylandIllegalFelony. Imprisonment up to 9 years
MassachusettsIllegalUp to 5 years in state prison and a fine of $500
MichiganIllegalUp to 1 year in prison and a fine up to $500
MinnesotaIllegalUp to 5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine
MississippiIllegalUp to 10 years in prison. Revocation of medical licenses. Cannot hold public office
MissouriIllegalMisdemeanor
MontanaIllegalMisdemeanor. Up to 6 Months in prison and/or a $500 fine
NebraskaIllegalMisdemeanor
NevadaIllegalCategory D felony. 1-4 years imprisonment and up to $5,000 in fines.
New HampshireIllegalClass B felony
New JerseyIllegalMisdemeanor
New MexicoIllegal2-7 years imprisonment
New YorkIllegal3-4 years imprisonment
North CarolinaIllegalClass I felony
North DakotaIllegalClass C felony. Imprisonment up to 5 years and a fine up to $10,000
OhioIllegalMisdemeanor
OklahomaIllegalUP to 5 years imprisonment
OregonIllegalUp to 5 years imprisonment and $100,000 fine
PennsylvaniaIllegalMisdemeanor
Rhode IslandIllegalMisdemeanor
South CarolinaIllegalUp to 5 years imprisonmentand at least a $500 fine
South DakotaIllegalClass 6 felony
TennesseeIllegalMisdemeanor
TexasIllegalMisdemeanor. Up to 2 to 10 years in prison and a fine of $10,000
UtahIllegalUp to $750 and community service
VermontIllegalUp to 5 years imprisonment
VirginiaIllegalFine and imprisonment
WashingtonIllegalClass C felony
West VirginiaIllegalFelony. 1-5 years imprisonment
WisconsinIllegalFelony
WyomingIllegalFelony. Up to 5 years imprisonment and/or fine up to $5,000
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Bigamy Laws by State 2024

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