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break a/the law

To do something that is illegal. If you shoplift, you are breaking the law, period. The statutes are different in different places so sometimes you can break a law without even knowing it!
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break a law

 and break the law
to fail to obey a law; to act contrary to a law. Lisa broke the law when she drove the wrong way on a one-way street. If you never break the law, you will never get arrested.
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There should be no discrimination in fining the drivers who break the laws.
However, he warned that cyclists who break the law can be arrested by gardai and fined in court.
Boro4215 It would be nice to see the same checks taking place in the town centres on a Saturday night, which are over run with under-age drinkers ballboy It's interesting to note that when a council employs a "child" to break the law to discover if someone else is breaking the law they are applauded.
And it would not be a surprise if the ridiculous group that defends the right of the bird-trappers to break the law, argued that maintaining our cultural heritage and traditions -- the justification for breaking the law - was more important than tourism and money.
Even in the comfort of their own homes, Britons are willing to break the law, with 15% of adults admitting to watching TV without a licence and a further 35% confessing to downloading music, films or pornography illegally.
Those who break the law for the second time will be forced to pay LE 10,000, serve a six-month prison sentence and their establishments forced shut temporarily.
Our officers are being extra vigilant in targeting those responsible for acts of criminal damage and will have no hesitation in arresting people who break the law.
citizens who broke the law smuggling guns to the nascent Jewish state proved there are times when it's acceptable to break the law.
If you break the law, you break the law, there are consequences,' he said.
Sometimes these chases end up in tragedy but that is the price you pay when you break the law.
The President's decision that he can break the law says far more about his attitude toward the rule of law than it does about the laws themselves.
Last night, Mr Cresselly said: 'Animal welfare groups are working hard to catch the first Welsh hunt to break the law but we are confident that we will not be the first.
After the Ninth Circuit Court upheld a ban on "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance in 2003, the League's president wrote, "It is up to the teachers in the nine western states affected by this decision to break the law.
And, if anyone does break the law and comes before me, then I just wouldn't sit on the bench in case it could be thought that I would be prejudiced.
And while some 50 percent did not intentionally break the law, software vendors still often require guilty businesses to pay the applicable fines.