No matter how careful you are, how up-to-date you try to be on government regulations, it’s likely that you’re a criminal:

The growing web of laws that can land unwitting violators in jail is commonly referred to as “overcriminalization.” These are not laws prohibiting fundamentally wrong behavior like murder or rape. Critics say these laws create offenses that violators often don’t realize are illegal until it’s too late.

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While there is no concrete figure, there are an estimated 300,000-400,000 environmental laws, statutes and mandates believed to be in circulation nationally. Many can land a person in prison, regardless of whether another person, plant or animal is harmed.

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