Are there laws against such kind of discussions?

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In general, someone who provides advice to further the commission of a crime, or prevent its prosecution, can be charged with "aiding and abetting," or as an "accessory" or "conspirator." So anything that could be construed as participation in or solicitation of an actual crime is not allowed here.

Note that a lawyer can't advise a client to break the law, and in various circumstances a lawyer has professional and official responsibilities to notify authorities of intended crimes.

Fortunately, not only does Law.SE not provide legal advice, but also requests for legal advice are considered off-topic.

Even in the U.S. it is possible to run afoul of the law by communicating certain information. A request for illegal information would certainly be off-topic.

So what's left? At least in the U.S., it is not generally forbidden to discuss the elements of a crime and how the law enforcement system works and might be frustrated in finding and proving them. So, for example, the classic, "I'm writing a book and a character commits crime X. Could he get away with it by doing Y?" is not a priori off topic. Or, for example, "Could A have gotten away with murder if he had just done Z?"

  • Thanks for the answer. So in short the answer is yes, but not in a specific case. Let's say, a question saying "How park illegally avoiding the tickets?" would be ok. Nov 14, 2016 at 18:07
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    @GabrielDiego - Sort of. "How can I avoid parking tickets while parking illegally" would be closed as too broad. But even specific cases need not be off-topic. For example, "Suppose I illegally store classified data on a personal email server; could I get away with it by blaming my IT guy?" is not only specific but also a real-world case, but at this point answers could not help any people charged with that crime to actually avoid prosecution, and it could elicit answers that deal with more general legal principles and hence are of broader interest.
    – feetwet Mod
    Nov 14, 2016 at 18:13

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