on the wrong side of the law


used to say that someone is living the life of a criminal
He has been on the wrong side of the law since he was 17.

Examples of on the wrong side of the law in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But most of those who find themselves on the wrong side of the law are not from the Golden City, police say. Hannah Ray Lambert, Fox News, 28 July 2023 Not since Merle Haggard and Johnny Paycheck has mainstream country music seen an artist who’s sung about being on the wrong side of the law or its consequences, let alone done time there. Holly Gleason, Variety, 2 June 2023 By then, the federal government had started enforcing anti-paraphernalia laws, which targeted bongs and pot pipes but not rolling paper, and Levin saw his friends and peers in the industry on the wrong side of the law. Will Yakowicz, Forbes, 20 Apr. 2023

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“On the wrong side of the law.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/on%20the%20wrong%20side%20of%20the%20law. Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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