According to law enforcement agencies, certain smartphone apps could encourage people to break the law. The latest example of this is a game called Pokemon Go. Based around the popular card game and television show, it allows people to "find" virtual Pokemon characters by going to specific real-world locations, with the goal being to collect many of these characters.

Driving and Gaming

One issue that police have noted is that people may be tempted to search for these characters while behind the wheel. Not only can this be a distraction that could cause someone to take his or her eyes off of the road -- and which is illegal in many states -- but it could also cause drivers to veer through traffic or make unexpected turns if they think they can find a Pokemon nearby.

Trespassing for Pokemon

Another issue that law enforcement agencies noted that is that some people may trespass on private property to hunt down the Pokemon. This could be as simple as climbing a fence to go on the neighbor's property, or it could include breaking into government buildings, churches, office buildings and the like. Law enforcement has warned against doing anything illegal while playing the game. While the game wouldn't force players to do any of these things, the use of virtual creatures could encourage trespassing by meaning there was something valuable "inside" the building. People who ordinarily would have no reason to go anywhere near it could then be tempted to look for a way in, as a means to enhance their collections.

Apps Are Not an Excuse

Apps are not an excuse for breaking the law. Whether you're using Pokemon Go or anything else, you must make sure that everything you do in real life is legal. However, showing that you were just using an app can sometimes demonstrate that there was not any malicious intent, or anything of that nature, and it could factor into your criminal defense strategy.