If you ask people if they break the law, most people will tell you that they do not. They follow all of the laws and regulations, and they are not criminals.
But there are many who disagree with this sentiment. In fact, there are those who claim that 25% of the population has a criminal record, but 100% of the population has participated in criminal activity. It’s just that the others were not caught and didn’t face the same ramifications.
To prove this, one organization gathered stories of illegal activity from those who had been arrested and those who had not. They compared them simply to show that many people with no criminal record had nearly the exact same story as those who did have a record. There is no difference between the two, but only one of them was considered a criminal and would have to deal with the ramifications of having that on their record for the rest of their life.
What crimes do people commit?
There are numerous violations that people overlook. Maybe they under-report their tips so that they don’t have to pay taxes. Or, did you know that it is illegal for someone who uses marijuana to own a gun? Plus, many people commit traffic violations all the time, such as breaking the speed limit or rolling through a stop sign. Furthermore, it’s illegal to share prescription medications, but people often do this with friends or family members, not even realizing that it is a problem.
It’s important to have this perspective. For one thing, it breaks down the stigma often surrounding those with a criminal record. It also shows you how you could be arrested for something that you didn’t even realize was illegal. If this occurs, make sure you know about your legal defense options.