As kids we had illegal fireworks. Police caught us a few times: one time they took our firecrackers for themselves; once we were taken to our house and my family was informed. There were no legal repercussions.
We entered a local lumbar yard after hours. No damage or theft occurred, but it was still punishable.
I shipped hashish from Nepal to a friend in the US. I was never caught.
I helped smuggle my Irish future-wife back into the U.S. from an unlawful exit for travel overseas.
Of course I smoked grass while in the 60’s. I’ve dabbled with various psychedelics.
I am now a retired Board Certified Emergency Room doctor. I served the public for 42 years.
My Medical education was almost 100% supported by government loans.
Were I caught and punished what would I be now?