There is a technical difference between illegal and unlawful.i was always led to believe that if i done something unlawful and a judge had ruled it unlawful in court that there would be consequences.
is it always a crime if you do something unlawful?
would it be unusual for there to be no conseqences for a person when a judge has ruled he had done something unlawful?
this is genuine questions but i didnt want to start a whole new forum question
Something is illegal when there is a specific law forbidding it, which will also specify the punishment for wrongdoers.
Something is unlawful when there is no law allowing it, consequently there is no provision for punishment of wrongdoers and the legal remedy is to undo it. An example might be building a house without planning permission: the local authority will order it demolished but the owners will not be punished.