a non-violent, non-destructive crime you can do
✅ find a really old TV with a UHF dial
✅ attach antenna
✅ browse around UHF channels 80-84
✅ stop when you hear one-to-three-second snippets of people talking
✅ tell a buddy what you heard
Congratulations! You just intercepted and disclosed an electronic communication, 18 U.S. Code § 2511, a felony w/5 years max imprisonment.
So many actions are felonies. So many are non-violent. Many can legitimately be done by mistake.
I bet you've committed multiple felonies without realizing it. You just didn't inconvenience anyone.
Support voting rights for felons. Support hiring former felons. You almost certainly are an unconvicted felon.
I committed a felony offense, knowingly, on multiple occasions.
I could say "unconvicted criminal", but I honestly thought "felons are people who commit felonies" was an obvious definition. I will admit to never imagining someone splitting this hair.
If "convicted felon" is a common usage, how hard is it to grok "unconvicted felon"?
1) I want the term to refer to the multitudes who, like me, probably like you, have committed felonies, many without realizing it. The list of offenses grows daily, and many are so general that they're essentially catch-alls to increase prison times for other offenses.
2) I intercepted and disclosed electronic communications, 18 U.S.C. § 2511. With an old TV.
There ya go! Also, there are people who have to check a little box on every employment form, practically guaranteeing they never again get a good job, over these things. They may have willfully done some shitty stuff, and once they spend that extra time behind bars it should be done.
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