It's a misdemeanor in Virginia to use profanity or threatening words in a text message

Cheryl E Preston
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The Commonwealth has little-known laws on the books

Virginia has some laws on the books that are unbelievable which you can read by clicking on the link. Some of them are old and probably should have been done away with long ago. There is one ordinance, however, that can affect those not aware of it that is relevant to our modern times. Were you aware that messages you send via texting on your phone could be considered illegal?

Virginia law § 18.2-427 addresses the use of profane, threatening, or indecent language over public airways or by other methods. This includes text messages so you might want to think twice about what you say and leave "pillow talk" for the pillow.

Any person who uses obscene, vulgar, profane, lewd, lascivious, or indecent language, or makes any suggestion or proposal of an obscene nature, or threatens any illegal or immoral act with the intent to coerce, intimidate, or harass any person, over any telephone or citizens band radio, in this Commonwealth, is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.

You can delete text messages after sending them but you don't know if the person you sent them to is doing the same. Anything you type can and might be held against you in a court of law.

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