on the wrong side of the law

on the wrong side of the law

Legally culpable for a crime; sought 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.
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on the ˌwrong side of the ˈlaw

in trouble with the police: The TV presenter found himself on the wrong side of the law after hitting a cyclist while driving.
See also: law, of, on, side, wrong