Personally, I don't think the laws of the United States are hard to follow. What's so hard about not doing the things people get arrested or go to jail for? If you're following the rules, or at least being smart about breaking them, you'll be totally fine.
What about those kids who were jailed in your fine country for very small misdemeanours like Web Paging insults of their Head Teacher on Facebook or whatever and then being jailed because the state paid the CORPORATION who ran the system to keep young offenders. Or haven't you seen Michael Moore Capitalism yet. Wakey wakey!
I agree that their must be a ballance of power but there is NONE now. The Corporations own your (our) Government and by default us and at some point our children too.
In my new line of work, you as a prospective applicant for a job, are more likely to have your employer informed of your past record for things like using mobile phones while driving (driving jobs only) or taking cannabis than you are for having been involved in a major crime... why? Because those offences are more numerous and the Police get paid by the case. We make money (conflict of interest? HELLO!). The Police are told to go out and find these types of offences for the same reason, you can't get ticks on your Personal Development assessment without getting these arrests. So, we are actively targeting money making (for the Police coffers) crimes, while the real crimes..? You know, those things the Police are there to prevent, are being given a token effort. It's not the full story and only refers to here but you get the idea.