I suspect that if my moral conscience is functioning then it would not in any way prevent me from doing the right thing, as the right thing (surely my own interpretation of whatever that is) is almost definitely aligned with what I would consider to be moral and conscionable (again, those definitions vary literally person to person in my experience).
Fear is complicated and powerful, and it has stopped me from doing the right thing when I wanted to do it. That hasn't happened often, but it does happen. Personally, I am afraid of little stuff, the big things don't bother me.
I don't think I understand what you mean by recognition?
I do remember reading something about the founder of Peoplesoft (I think that is who it was - anyway some CRM software) who made a donation to a university, and then decided he would never donate again because they spent money to send him some two-bit commemorative plaque.
That really got my goat, as 99% of people want the plaque; and all the world needs is some holier-than-thou software billionaire putting the chill on smaller donors. I swore I would waste no opportunity to fail to use his software.
Obedience of the law is complicated too. Some laws are so blatantly unjust that it is civic duty to disobey, especially when those laws interfere with what is right.
However, to the extent that interpretation of right is a projection of individual moral concepts and constructs while law is a projection of social order and stability much potential conflict lies within that delta.
A morally functional person might take his idea to mean violating a dumb law to give assistance to a person in need (as in the example of Realifedad). Then you have people (like Tim Mcveigh) whose perceptions of the "greater good" and "what is right" lead to spectacular disruption of social order, violation of the law, and massive death.
Personally, I wouldn't worry about disobeying the law to help another person. However, I do need to be able to question my own motives for civil disobedience.
Some people (I think some people we have on this site - actually) seem to lack the mechanisms to question their own motives, and that deficiency has (at least) the potential to lead to big problems.
But then worrying is what I do best.
ITJock saidSalvor Hardin said "Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what's right..."
Taking it a step further: Would you let your moral conscience or fear/recognition/obeyance of the law prevent you from doing the right thing?