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Potty mouths in Arlington may now be fined up to $250

ARLINGTON (WUSA9) -- An amended law has potential potty mouths talking in Arlington.

This comes after Arlington County's Board changed the fine for a first offense of public cursing to an amount of up to $250, from a previous fine of $100.

However, the code used to cap the maximum fine for three or more instances of public cursing within a year at $500. Now, a maximum of $250 is in effect. The actual fine is up to a judge to decide, within those guidelines.

Intoxication or using profane swearing in public is a Class 4 misdemeanor in Virginia, according to the Washington Post.

Last year a total of four people were arrested for expletives, the Washington Post reports. In order to make the public drunkenness and profanity ordinance more clear, the Arlington County Board switched the wording from "drunkenness" to "intoxication" to cover intoxicants other than alcohol, the Washington Post reports.

The board says they wanted to bring the code in line with the state code.


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