In the modern day and age, it can be confusing to decipher between what is legal, and what isn’t. The modern law has become an increasingly gray area of confusion, strict rules, and loopholes. In the chaotic system, there are often an array of misunderstood rules. In our article, we have found the top seven things that are commonly perceived to be illegal but are actually within the confines of the law. Read on to find out all of the rules that you have been following wrong!
Number Seven: Cannibalism. That’s right- as odd and morally deplorable as this act may be, it is not illegal to eat someone. Jail sentences for cannibals, such as Jeffrey Dahmer or the famous Hannibal Lecter, are the result of charges from murder or assault of victims. However, with proper written consent and documentation, consumption of other humans is technically within the law.
Number Six: Defacing of Money. Many people are under the impression that drawing on American currency is illegal- however the fact remains that this is untrue. The only law governing the defacement of bills is that it is illegal to manipulate the appearance of a bill into that as a larger bill; for example, making a one dollar bill appear to be a hundred dollar bill. However, a bill is legally an interesting canvas for artwork. Although, it is still illegal to melt down coins for their metal value.
Number Five: Refusing Questions. Traffic checkpoints were set in place as early as the 1800s, with the goal of finding trading violations. Today, they are still used to find illicit drugs, alcohol, and prostitution. However, this practice is technically in violation of the Freedom of Movement Law. Under this law, the right for citizens to reject incriminating questions has been protected. Therefore, it is technically completely legal to refuse to answer questions of state-mandated checkpoint levels unless given probable cause to ask these questions.
Number Four: Corporal Punishment. The punishment of students in terms of spanking or striking is remarkably still legal in about 19 U.S. states. Corporal punishment is most often looked down upon as unnecessary and outdated, however in these 19 states, administrative professionals reserve the right to treat misbehavior in such a fashion.
Number Three: Counting Cards. Counting cards might get you kicked out of or banned from most casinos, although it won’t get you arrested. In some casinos, like Atlantic City, the strategy is only frowned upon. When done correctly, you could actually make some decent and legal money from learning the tricks of the trade.
Number Two: Officer Identification. Many Americans are under the impression that officers of the law are required to identify themselves while undercover. However, this is only a rumor that has resulted from pop culture. Realistically, police officers only have to identify themselves when placing a person under arrest, or taking immediate legal action against a third party.
Number One: Red Eyes. Despite marijuana being illegal, it is completely within the law to be high in public, and even to openly tell police officers that you are high! However, this does give them probable cause to perform a search, in which they may find possession. The law only states that it is illegal to be in possession of such drugs, but as long as they are not on your person, you will be free to go.