Without consequence, can a society function? Are the specific repercussions important? In the United States we have a strange double standard where the cruelest and most detrimental of punishments are doled out on those with simple, petty, and survival based crimes. The other end of the spectrum has executives, leaders, and professional criminals escaping any form of retribution beyond public (and ineffective) ridicule.
Our current election is a prime example, where at worst one candidate is a professional, career politician. Meanwhile, the other is at best, an ignorant man child who has too much money and too little accountability to fail completely.