on the wrong side of the law

on the wrong side of the law

Legally culpable; sought after by the authorities for some legal wrongdoing. Be careful to file your taxes correctly or you could inadvertently find yourself on the wrong side of the law. Kids in this part of the city often end up on the wrong side of the law because there are simply no other outlets or resources available for them.
See also: law, of, on, side, wrong
References in classic literature ?
That's lucky for him--in fact, it's lucky for all of you, since you are all on the wrong side of the law in this matter.
Then, as the restless man with the revolver turned again towards the door in the garden, he added in a husky, confidential voice: "I doubt whether I should send for the police, for fear my friend here has been a little too free with his bullets, and got on the wrong side of the law.