Many people who end up in prison aren’t career criminals with a charge sheet longer than a football field. It’s just regular people who make terrible mistakes. Maybe they experience a moment of madness during a rough patch.
It can happen to anyone who doesn’t have their life together, including someone like you. Let’s look at a few ways regular people get into trouble, so you can avoid the same fate in the future.
1. Getting Behind The Wheel When Drunk
It’s obvious people aren’t thinking straight when they get behind the wheel while drunk. It’s the same when you combine marijuana and driving. If it looks like you’re under the influence, you’ll be stopped by police officers.
You might think it’s a little mistake you made because you were only traveling a few miles down the road. Others will see it a hundred times differently. They’ll think you put other people’s lives at risk because you’re selfish.
2. Staying With The Wrong Kind Of Person
Assault happens at home regularly, even if it’s not serious. You shouldn’t be living with another person if you can’t keep your hands to yourself. It’s possible to get into real trouble these days without doing much.
You can be tossed into prison if you push someone while trying to defend yourself. The person who looks hurt will always look like the victim, even if they started the fight. Don’t stay with someone who brings out the worst in you.
3. Hanging Out With Certain People
You can be charged with a crime if you’re with someone who does something silly, even if you don’t have a clue what’s going on. Unfortunately, you’ll always be judged by the people you decide to hang around with.
It’s easier to cut problematic people out of your life. They could drag you into a life of crime, which could work if they’re pretty persuasive. Maybe you deserve to get in trouble if you insist on hanging out with bad influences.
4. Letting Greed Get The Better Of You
Some people would never attempt to hurt someone physically in a million years. The thought of physically hurting strangers could make you feel sick. It’s easy to give yourself a free pass if the crime doesn’t involve violence.
For example, people commit fraud because they let greed get the better of them. It’s easy to convince yourself you’re not really hurting someone. In reality, people are always hurt when you decide to break the law.
5. Thinking You’re Above The Law
If you don’t have lots of experience getting in trouble with law enforcement, you could find yourself in situations where you see yourself above the law. What would you do if someone was abusing your wife at the bar?
You could end up fighting with someone because you think you’re doing the right thing, which might be true in a moral sense. Sadly, you can’t take the law into your own hands unless it’s to defend yourself or others from harm.
Don’t Turn To The Dark Side
It’s easy to switch from a normal member of society into a menace to society very quickly. Don’t get into situations where you could end up breaking the law.