Does Michigan Have Stupid Laws?

Most states have laws that might be considered stupid, and Michigan is no exception.  Basically, a law that made sense a long time ago might not make a whole lot of sense in 2021, and our lawmakers haven’t taken the time to modernize some of the statutes or ordinances. 

Here are a few wonky Michigan laws:

  • If a man seduces (entice into sexual activity) or debauches (debase the moral purity of) an unmarried woman, it’s a felony that’s punishable by up to five years in prison.  MCL 750.532.
  • It’s illegal to buy, sell, or trade a car on Sunday.  MCL 435.251.
  • Adultery is a felony, but it can only be prosecuted if the spouse complains.  MCL 750.30.
  • It’s illegal to be a drunk train passenger.  MCL 436.201. 
  • It’s illegal for an animal-control officer to kill an animal with a decompression chamber.  MCL 287.279a.
  • A minor under 16 cannot be in a street, highway, alley, or park after midnight without a parent or guardian.  MCL 722.752. 
  • It’s a misdemeanor to set out rat poison unless doing so on your own property outside city or village limits and intended for the destruction of predatory or dangerous prowling animals.  MCL 750.437.
  • It’s illegal to possess a crow that you’ve accidentally killed with your car.  MCL 324.40115.

If you know about more goofy Michigan laws, email them to me, and I’ll add them to the list.

Posted on June 14, 2021,

Jeffrey M. Schroder, Esq.
Senior Assistant Public Defender
Marquette County Public Defender’s Office
100 Coles Dr., Ste. 1
Marquette, MI 49855
Office: (906) 226-4370
Email: jschroder@mqtco.org