not follow laws vs. circumvent laws

-There are recacitrant citizens who do not follow laws.

  • There are recacitrant citizens who circumvent laws.
    Does the two sentences amount to the same thing?
    A brief explanation, if one takes exception towards its sameness.

“circumvent” means find a way to get around the law (rather than blatantly ignore or disobey it): … circumvent

Spelling: recalcitrant.