For most of us, being arrested is farfetched, but could we be breaking the law and not even know it? Believe it or not, there are all sorts of archaic laws which make every day actions illegal. For example, in some states, it is prohibited to:
• wear a heel over 2 inches
• play cards on Sunday
• play a pinball machine
• wear sleeveless shirts
• sing happy birthday
Of course, police officers are not arresting people for these crimes, but they are arresting people for other common daily actions we think are lawful but aren’t. The problem is, “ignorance of the law” is not a defense to criminal charges.
At some point in your life you probably have innocently given or taken a prescribed medication from someone. Whether it’s a college student giving their friend one of their prescribed Adderall pills to help their friend study, or someone stressed-out receiving a Xanax from a concerned friend, this behavior is illegal and constitutes a felony for which people are often arrested and prosecuted!
Ever leave your home and carry your prescribed medications in a zip lock bag or a pill container without having the prescription with you? If so, you are breaking the law! That’s right, the law requires you to carry prescribed medications with the prescription; that’s why pharmacies attach the prescription to the bottle.
Have you ever bought prescription drugs over the internet or outside the U.S. to save money? This is a convenient way to save money and time buying your necessary medications however, it is illegal because the Drug Marketing Act of 1987 bans anyone besides the manufacturer and properly licensed individuals from importing prescribed medications.
Another way people unknowingly violate the law is by using fake names on the internet. Whether it’s creating a new shopping account to receive a discount, or fabricating a false profile, many people do this. Cyber-crimes likes these are on the rise and people are winding up behind bars for it!
Everyone has access to movies and music through a purchased account or app yet many still go to pirated websites to view these things. Accessing media this way is a crime that the police are actively investigating and each download constitutes a crime punishable by up to five years in jail plus fines up to $150,000 per download.
Although these actions seem benign they are nevertheless crimes with serious consequences. For example, being charged with a crime can have a life-long impact on one’s rights, privileges, and opportunities, such as losing your right to vote, carry a rearm, being denied a job, mortgage/loan, or worse being jailed and losing your freedom! So, while it is not necessary to walk through life on eggs shells, it is important to be aware of the consequences of your actions.
Contributing writer Guy Fronstin began
his career as a Prosecutor in Palm
Beach County in 1992. In private practice
as a criminal defense attorney
since 1996, Guy uses his wealth of insider
experience in the criminal justice system
and countless trials to aggressively
defend his clients. Guy is designated as
a Florida Super Lawyer, a distinction
limited to only 2.5% of Florida lawyers.
As a trial attorney, William “Barry”
Paul has represented thousands of clients
in his career. As part of his ordinary
habit in practice, he also makes heavy
use of pretrial motions to fight his clients’
charges. Because of his active and
persistent motion practice, Barry has
successfully won on many legal issues,
including Stand Your Ground and Motions
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