Definition - What does Unlawful mean?
The term unlawful refers to any sort of action or inaction that goes against the laws of the jurisdiction in which an individual resides. What is unlawful can vary depending on a person's jurisdiction.
Justipedia explains Unlawful
One of the clearest examples of something being unlawful in some jurisdictions in the United States and lawful in other jurisdictions in the United States is gambling. Most states in the United States hold that gambling in a casino is unlawful in any manner. However, in the State of Nevada gambling has been legal for over 85 years now. Similarly, gambling is legal in certain areas of Oklahoma, but for different reasons. Any Indian Reservation is not constrained by the laws of the United States, and therefore many casinos have been built in the last 10 years on different Indian Reservations in Oklahoma.