Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The Secret Crimes That Everybody Commits Without Realizing

The majority of people like to think they’re upstanding citizens that are always on the right side of the law. When you think of criminals, you think of shady looking people lurking around in dark alleys, committing terrible crimes. You probably don’t think of yourself, or your family, or that old lady that lives next door. But what if I told you that every single one of those people, including you, is a criminal, whether you realize it or not. I’m not suggesting all of your neighbors are sneaking out at night and burgling houses, but they’re probably committing these crimes without even knowing it.


Using Somebody Else’s Wifi 

If somebody leaves their wifi without a password they’re just asking for people to use it aren’t they? It’s not stealing, at worst it’s just borrowing without asking. It can’t be illegal, surely? Actually, it is. In a lot of places, using somebody else's wifi connection without permission is considered a theft. Obviously, you aren’t going to get thrown in jail for doing it and most of the time, people aren’t going to press charges against you, but it is still technically a crime. 

Drink Driving 

Nobody can claim that they don’t realize that it’s illegal to drive under the influence, but it’s easy to get caught out. Even if you don’t think you’re breaking the law, you might still find yourself needing a local DUI Attorney. Everybody has a slightly different tolerance to alcohol so even though there are guidelines about how many drinks will put you over the limit, you can’t always trust them. Even one drink could put you over the limit and so, even though you think you’re fine, you could still be breaking the law. It’s always better to be cautious and avoid drinking anything at all if you’re going to drive. If you are going to have a drink, make sure you leave a good few hours before getting behind the wheel again. 

Sharing Netflix 

Once you’ve paid your Netflix subscription, you’d think that it was yours to do whatever you liked with but, unfortunately, it isn’t. The contract specifies that it is only to be used by the person that paid for it. Giving your password to somebody else and letting them use the service is viewed in the same way as splitting a cable television subscription. You’re unlikely to get caught sharing a Netflix account but if you do, you could technically get a fine of $2,500. 

Online Gambling 

Gambling laws in the US are very strict and there are only a handful of places that you can legally do it. The laws around gambling haven’t been properly updated and online sites have been overlooked. Most people that gamble online are actually breaking the law, and in some states, playing in a fantasy football league is a crime as well. In practice, you won’t get into trouble for doing it because it’s just an oversight in the law, but on paper, it is still illegal. 

None of these things make you a master criminal, but next time you say that you’ve never broken the law, think again.

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