If someone says “he flaunted the law,” everyone knows what is being said. There is no confusion, no misunderstanding.
Well, I wouldn’t. When I read that, I was stuck with an image of a guy with the Wisconsin State Code in his hands, waving it over his head and laughing. Then, I thought of the possible misuse.
It’s easy enough to say that one would not understand what was meant when faced with a snippet like “He flaunted the law,” but when seen in full context it gets a little harder. Try “He flaunted the law by driving at reckless speeds through a school zone.”