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Law Summary

It is illegal to maim oneself to escape duty.

Full Text of the Law

Section 13A-14-1
Maiming one's self to escape duty or obtain alms.

Every person who, with design to disable himself from performing a legal duty, existing or anticipated, shall inflict upon himself an injury whereby he is so disabled and every person who shall so injure himself with intent to avail himself of such injury to excite sympathy or to obtain alms or some charitable relief shall be guilty of a felony. (Code 1923, §4941; Code 1940, T. 14, §357; Code 1975, §13-1-6.)

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