The best way to avoid getting caught doing bad things is not to do them in the first place. However, everyone makes mistakes. Some of these mistakes are worse or more hurtful than others, but still, especially if you do things that don’t physically harm people, you need to figure out how to defend yourself from legal consequences in the end.
There are many different categories of crimes that people get involved in that they regret later, but they still need to work through. People get involved in money laundering, identity theft, slander and libel suits, and cheating on taxes. These are just a few examples of crimes that people get caught doing, but they have to pay the consequences for.
If you get caught laundering money, you’re probably going to end up in jail. Money laundering happens when you illegally obtain money, but then move finances around to make it look like you got it doing something aboveground. Lots of money laundering happens in politics, drug cartels, and in business operations where shady things are occurring, and it’s important not to leave a paper trail for the bosses in charge.
In this day and age, identity theft is common. But for as much as you don’t want identity thieves to get a hold of your information and create financial chaos for yourself, there are people willing to take the risk to try and illegally get other people’s passwords, logins, bank information, or other personally identifying characteristics in order to try to commit crimes themselves. If you are convicted of identity theft, punishments can be severe and long-standing. Even though it may feel like it’s a victimless crime, identity thieves can ruin people’s lives for long periods of time because of the consequences of digital history.
Slander and Libel
How familiar are you with the concepts of libel and slander? Everyone feels like they can say or write anything they want these days because of the freedom of the Internet, but freedom of speech is a little bit of a misnomer when it comes to saying things that are untrue or intentionally harmful as lies. If you get caught on the wrong side of the libel and slander suit, you can be liable for an incredible amount of damage, so it’s crucial that you keep your commentary to yourself if you are unsure of the consequences.
Cheating on Taxes
It can be very inviting to cheat on your taxes. Put a few different numbers in a few different boxes, and suddenly you can save yourself thousands of dollars. The problem is if you get caught, not only do you have to pay those back taxes, you also may end up going to jail or get heavily fined. Especially if you do this in the name of your business, there can be severe consequences for yourself, your family, and your business.