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Did you know that the average American breaks the law about three times a day? However, that’s not to say that every American is out to mug you. So which laws are Americans breaking? Here are five of the most frequently broken laws.

1. Underage Drinking

According to SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions), about 26% of the under-21 crowd uses alcohol at least once a month. That’s about 10 million people!

2. Littering

Littering is a crime throughout the entire United States, and the fines involved can be quite large. This doesn’t seem to stop huge numbers of people from doing it, though.

3. Smoking Marijuana

A shocking 52% of all US drug arrests in 2010 were related to marijuana. Although it is semi-legal in some states, at the federal level it’s still classified as a Schedule 1 narcotic and therefore illegal.

4. Jaywalking

Jaywalking is what you do when you cross the street at a place not specifically designated as a crossing point for pedestrians. Who hasn’t done that? Laws against jaywalking are in place for pedestrians’ safety, but they’re perhaps the most ignored laws out there (and for the record, yes, people do still get arrested for it).

5. Pirating music

This is illegal because it’s theft: you’re taking away from the artist the revenue he or she would have gotten from the purchase. Pirating is still rampant on the internet, despite anti pirating laws.

Because the laws against these crimes are difficult to enforce, most people do get away with them. However, be aware of the risk involved because you could get slammed with fines or jail time for any of these acts. If you are in need of a Las Vegas criminal defense attorney, contact the office of Gabriel L. Grasso at (702) 868-8866.