Violation of law

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A violation of law is any act (or, less commonly, failure to act) that fails to abide by existing law. Violations generally include both crimes and civil wrongs. Some acts, such as fraud, can violate both civil and criminal laws.

Civil law violations usually lead to civil penalties like fines, criminal offenses to more severe punishments.

The severity of the punishment should reflect the severity of the violation (retributive justice).[1] In realistic situations and for minor violations, however, altruistic punishment was shown not 'to fit the crime'.[2]This subdivision is similar to the distinction between misdemeanours, and felonies.[3]

Other examples of violations of law include:

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  2. ^ Balafoutas, Loukas; Nikiforakis, Nikos; Rockenbach, Bettina (2016-11-01). "Altruistic punishment does not increase with the severity of norm violations in the field". Nature Communications. 7. doi:10.1038/ncomms13327. ISSN 2041-1723. Retrieved 2019-03-08.
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