In law a man is guilty when he violates the rights of others. In ethics he is guilty if he only thinks of doing so.
Because a human being is endowed with empathy, he violates the natural order if he does not reach out to those who need care. Responding to this empathy, one is in harmony with the order of things, with dharma; otherwise, one is not.
Any law which violates the inalienable rights of man is essentially unjust and tyrannical; it is not a law at all.