How easy is it to commit a felony without knowing it?

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  1. hammerkill

    hammerkill Allegheny General

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    With all the laws on the books and new ones every year I wonder how many felonies a person unknowingly commits?
     
  2. Bren

    Bren NRA Life Member

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    Hard to say. I usually know, but that's my job. I did have a friend who was an attorney who kept her voter registration in her childhood home county, where she didn't really live any more, so she could vote for her father in elections - she had no idea it was a felony.
     
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  3. Geeorge

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    That's why I always check and photocopy the ID's of the girls I date:whistling:
     
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    hard to say, it may be easy if the person only thinks they are commiting a misdemeanor, but the question there is why would one want to commit a misdemeanor? most folks know when they are doing something wrong, they just don't think about what label to put on it.

    there are some areas that could trip one up such as political campaign laws that are so convoluted that it could easily happen. or something as simple as carrying perscription medicine without proper labels (felony), but if you think about that for a second you will know why that is wrong to do.
     
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    Are tax evasions a felony? If so, a lot of folks work that system pretty hard.

    If your 10-12yo kid comes home from school and lets himself into the house before you come home from work, is that technically a felony anywhere (endangerment or such)?
     
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    hammerkill Allegheny General

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    If Granny has her pills (pain pills) in a weekly dispenser ,that is a felony?
     
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    RenegadeGlocker SuperOwner

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    Lots. A simple one is the gun free school zone act.
     
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    Actually, in nearly all states this wouldn't matter, as intent is not an element of the crime of statutory rape. If you have sex with person who is below the age of consent, you are guilty, regardless of what their ID says.
     
  9. John Galt

    John Galt Anti-Federalist

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    I used to put my grandmothers prescription meds in one of those plastic dispensers with the days of the week on it, so she would have her meds handy in her purse without having to open up the prescription bottles she had so much trouble with.

    I had no idea that was a felony until years later.
     
  10. John Galt

    John Galt Anti-Federalist

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    Yes.

    Doubt that many cops would actually arrest and charge her for it though.
     
  11. JAS104

    JAS104 City cop, etc

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    There's also some downright crazy ones in states like New Jersey and Kalifornia... I read earlier on a different threat that a guy had an antique toilet in his john and that the top part (with the water, the word's escaping me) was too big and was legally a felony to own. Its **** like that lol.
     
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    hammerkill Allegheny General

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    Oh really?
     
  13. John Galt

    John Galt Anti-Federalist

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    Yes, really.

    I don't like the fact that they could arrest, and I'm sure there are a few a**h**** that would. But the vast majority, I believe, won't. They have grandmothers too.

    I guess it would come down to why is granny getting stopped by the po-po in the first place?
     
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    Maybe she got lit up and tried to park the car!
     
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    I think one example of how we, at GT, might make an unintentional felony is getting guns from out of state relatives or friends. Technically it needs to go through an FFL, but who ever really does that? Actually, I do know of one case. A friend of mine's brother died. He was a cop out of state. He had left his Glock 19 to my friend. I explained to him how to set up a local FFL transfer and helped him find a place. I also came over to his house and gave him and his wife some basic gun lessons and eventually took each of them shooting. Now, a couple of years later, he's even more of a gun fanatic than I am, even to the point of tin foil hats! LOL
     
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    Tank?
     
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    The tank.
     
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    Didn't some famous lawyer write a book about how the average American commits three felonies a day without knowing, because of the smothering weight of ridiculous laws now?
     
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    That's a crappy law! :)
     
  20. Highspeedlane

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    There was a news story a few years back in which a husband and wife were both arrested for possession of child porn.

    Their defense was that a virus on their computer had unbeknownst to them, auto downloaded pics from a site that was being monitored by law enforcement, thus leading to their arrest.

    Can't recall the details of how the case resolved but something like that would be horrifying if true, particularly when possession of such images can land you in prison for years.