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What's the most serious law you've broken?

Asked by DrasticDreamer (23983points) May 2nd, 2015

What’s the most serious law you’ve broken doing something you thought was morally right, wouldn’t hurt anyone else, or was no one’s business but yours?

If you had been caught, how bad would the punishment have been if you were given maximum sentencing?

Or if you’re only feeling partially brave, just answer with what maximum sentencing would have been for you without naming the law you broke.

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Brian1946's avatar

Being in the presence of weed, in March, 1968.

That was when mere possession of an ounce or less was potentially a felony, and punishable by up to a year in prison.

I don’t know if the punishment for just being in the presence would have been as severe, because the judge dismissed our cases before they went to trial.

Apparently_Im_The_Grumpy_One's avatar

I can’t think of anything that fits the bill of being “morally right” but still illegal that I’ve done.

To answer without that requirement: Being fired is about the worst that would have happened.

DrasticDreamer's avatar

@Apparently_Im_The_Grumpy_One Or…“no one’s business but yours?”

I know not a lot of people are going to answer this, but I’ll choose to participate in my own question.

I’m only going to be partially brave and answer with what maximum sentencing would have been, which is 10 years.

Mimishu1995's avatar

Breaking copyright laws for years. Or more percisely, downloading and uploading torrents.

OK so I break the law. But firstly, there’s no law banning torrenting in my country, so technically it isn’t illegal here. Secondly, I don’t have money to spend on books, movies, games… everyday! And thirdly, there are so many products that can never make it to my country’s market, so torrenting is the last resort. And beside, who knows there are people out there that are in the same situation as me? So I think I’ll become an online “Robin Hood” sharing some rare materials on the net for everyone.

If I was to be caught, I would take whatever sentence they gave me. After all I’m just doing people a favor.

ucme's avatar

Denise Law, she was a virgin & then…

hominid's avatar

Probably illegal file-sharing of copyrighted books/movies/music/tv, although I haven’t done this in many years and I’m opposed to it. There was a time that I actually had convinced myself that it was morally acceptable. In reality, I just wanted more stuff and didn’t want to pay for it.

jca's avatar

I can’t think of any law that I’ve broken because I thought it was morally right, nobody’s business or wouldn’t hurt anybody but myself. I’ll admit to having broken laws in my lifetime, but none that meet any of the above 3 criteria. I guess for me, nobody’s business or wouldn’t hurt anybody but myself would fall into the most common category, but if I admit to whatever, I don’t want to have people jumping all over me about how what I did was so awful or could potentially have harmed another one. In other words, by putting myself out to Fluther, I don’t feel like spending my Saturday defending my actions.

whitenoise's avatar

I may unintentionally have broken some religious laws.
That is a very serious issue in the country I live in.

majorrich's avatar

Uh… public intoxication?

dxs's avatar

Smoking weed in public. I did it like almost every weekend night any time between 10pm and 4am. This was in Florida, with some of the strictest weed laws. With one conviction, it’d be a misdemeanor. $1000 fine/1 year in jail. I’d also lose my driver’s license.

Coloma's avatar

Smoke marijuana, but not in public. I did, however take a little stash with me on a 2 week road trip in the southwest a few years ago. So, I imbibed as well in Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, Colorado and Arizona. Otherwise, it;s a mini-vacation thing for me at home, haven’t had any on hand for months now. It comes and goes.

johnpowell's avatar

Technically, two instances of kidnapping. Probably best to not say more.

SQUEEKY2's avatar

Lying on my log book.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I was going to say shop lifting, then read the details. Now I have to think.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Well, shit. Smoking weed, in public and everywhere else!

Dutchess_III's avatar

And public intoxication. I’m reading responses in case you can’t tell.

filmfann's avatar

Sorry, not sharing. The statute of limitations doesn’t apply here.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Peeing in “public”.

tinyfaery's avatar

Busted in a stolen car. I didn’t steal it, but I was in it.


I’m a good girl.

Dutchess_III's avatar

My kids are all guilty of B&E. Well, they were locked out of the house and I wasn’t home. What else were they supposed to do?!

ibstubro's avatar

I have been in the presence of enough drugs that it would have been a felony bust. Decades ago.

Mariah's avatar

Buying alcohol for minors, I guess. I’m pretty tame.

LuckyGuy's avatar

An awful lot of people in New York State have had sex with a partner under 17 years of age.

Darth_Algar's avatar

Destruction of federal property.

Oh wait…..

“morally right, wouldn’t hurt anyone else, or was no one’s business but yours?”

Well, I dunno then.

stanleybmanly's avatar

The GREAT crime in my life involved my being “molested” in my teens by a woman 10 years older than myself. It was the sort of crime about which I’d been fantasizing for years to the point of near insanity. Believe me, if there is a devil, the souls of teenage boys can be acquired in mass on the cheap for the mere opportunity to participate as accomplices in such crimes.

Blackberry's avatar

I drove without insurance for awhile. I’ve been driving all this time and never got in any accidents. I’ve essentially been throwing away hundreds and hundreds of dollars for no reason and it’s effing’ BS.

DrasticDreamer's avatar

Thanks for sharing (or not sharing, as the case may be), guys! :) More people ended up answering than I thought, and I do appreciate it, because it seemed like a fun question to me.

ibstubro's avatar

Thanks for asking, @DD.

fluthernutter's avatar

My roommates used to deal pot. We’re talking a human-could-lay-in-it-sized duffel bag of the best weed I’ve ever had.

@stanleybmanly How old were you?

Darth_Algar's avatar


Was your roommate George Jung?

fluthernutter's avatar

@Darth_Algar Weed, dude! Not cocaine. :P

Darth_Algar's avatar


Yes. Jung was moving a huge volume of weed cross-country (and across the border) before he ever got involved in cocaine trafficking.

Dutchess_III's avatar

@stanleybmanly What age? There is a huge difference between a 13 year old and a 19 year old.

whitenoise's avatar

Seems I’m the only one that could get killed for what he done. I win. :-P

ucme's avatar

^ I coulda got killed, Denise’s Dad was a pro boxer #dodgedabullet

fluthernutter's avatar

@Darth_Algar Seems like it really was a gateway drug. :P

Darth_Algar's avatar


It was after he went to federal prison that he dropped marijuana and took up cocaine (realizing from other inmates the much larger profit potential there). I believe he said “I went into prison with a GED in marijuana and left prison with a PhD in cocaine”.

stanleybmanly's avatar

@Dutchess_III It was 2 days before my 17th birthday, and I was clueless (probably still am).

fluthernutter's avatar

@Darth_Algar It’s crazy what inmates “learn” when they’re incarcerated. Funny in this instance. Sad, otherwise. :/

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