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5 actions you might not realize are criminal acts

On Behalf of | Mar 11, 2020 | Criminal Defense

Many people don’t realize how easy it is to break the law. Instead, they just go about their regular activities and don’t think about how some actions might lead them to jail. Of course, when they are arrested, they become immediately concerned with what happened.

While the following criminal acts might not seem serious, being convicted of them can have serious consequences. For example, a felony could bar you from holding certain jobs or public offices. They may lead to time in jail or prison. Some other convictions can lead to costly fines and time on probation.

Singing or dancing in public

Criminal charges aren’t common for these events, but there is a chance that you’re violating copyright laws if you sing specific songs or do some dances in public. For example, the Girl Scouts were asked to pay royalties for teaching the Macarena at camp. You might even face criminal charges for downloading some content from the internet, so be very careful when you’re using the intellectual property of others.

Using unsecured WiFi connections

It is possible to use some public internet connections without issue; however, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act could lead to your facing criminal charges if you do so without authorization. Interestingly, this can be a felony charge that can lead to steep penalties and additional consequences.

Playing poker at home or in private

New Jersey Criminal Law 2A: 40-1 notes that you can’t socially gamble at places or events that aren’t approved by the state or licensed. This includes poker games at home if you’re betting on them. This is another law that isn’t likely going to lead to your being arrested, but you should know that it is possible if you’re gambling at home and don’t have the proper approvals.


Enjoying the scenery in New Jersey is on the top of the list for many locals and visitors; however, you still need to watch what you’re doing and ensure you aren’t violating any laws. Jaywalking is a criminal charge that’s possible if you cross the street without a crosswalk or at an intersection.

Sharing medications

It isn’t a big deal for you to share over-the-counter medications with someone who needs them as long as they are indicated for the medicine. This means you aren’t passing along adult medicines to children. The issue occurs when you share prescriptions written to you with others. Around 60% of prescriptions used in a non-medical manner come from friends or family members.

If you’re facing any criminal charges in New Jersey, remember that you have specific rights. You need to work with your attorney as quickly as possible so you can get started on your defense strategy.