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Last week, a 41-year-old Huntington Beach man was arrested with $100K worth of meth and heroin. While he may not quite have reached Walter White status, he's facing enhanced charges as he had 25 lbs of methamphetamine and 289 grams of heroin. Currently, he is in custody after pleading not guilty to multiple charges, awaiting his next hearing on October 28, 2016, where bail may be reconsidered.

Officers arrested the suspected drug dealer after pulling him over for a traffic stop. A K9 unit arrived on the scene, and with the help of a doggy's keen nose, officers discovered the giant stash. The drugs were packaged in multiple containers, which is a generally a sign to officers that the drugs were intended for sale.

While the phrase ‘wrongful arrest’ gets used frequently to describe when law enforcement arrests the wrong person, that isn’t exactly how the legal remedy of wrongful arrest or false arrest works.

If you think you’ve been wrongfully arrested, you may need to file a government tort claim or some other form within 60 days with your state, city, or county in order to be able to file a lawsuit under state law. Suing a police department is the same as suing the state, county, or city. While the primary remedy for wrongful arrest is based on federal law, which does not require an administrative tort claim be filed first, if there is state law remedy, filing an administrative claim with the state or responsible agency will be a mandatory prerequisite.

Teenagers shouldn't be drinking in the first place, let alone drinking and driving. That's just one of the many ways to make a DUI worse. Another way? Cause an accident, especially a fatal one. That can turn a tragic situation into a felony manslaughter charge, as a 19-year-old woman recently found out.

Here's a look at that case, as well as underage DUI and DUI manslaughter laws.

Law enforcement is always looking for better tools for analyzing criminal evidence in the hopes of achieving more accurate convictions. And, as technology advances, there are more tools at the police's disposal. One of the newest is facial recognition software and facial examination experts.

The new software has already been used to catch, and convict, alleged criminals. But how comprehensive is the technology, and how accurate are its results?

In these modern times where newspapers don’t use paper, the internet and computer technology has opened up a whole new world of potential crimes you may not even be aware are crimes. Even though the internet is still a wild wild west of sorts, there are many laws that allow law enforcement to arrest people for acting out online, and sometimes just for doing what is considered normal online activity.

Below are 5 computer crimes that can get you arrested in order from most likely to get you arrested to least likely.

Since the recent Wall Street bailout of 2008, the public's trust still has not fully recovered in the banking establishment. The recent Wells Fargo scandal has lawmakers and the public demanding justice. However, justice in this case is not just restitution of the ill-gotten bank fees paid by victimized customers; the justice being demanded includes criminal charges against the bank's CEO.

Lawmakers have been pressing for a criminal investigation and for criminal charges against CEO John Stumpf. To date, no charges have been filed, but many people, lawmakers included, want the CEO to be held criminally liable for the actions of his company.

Welcome to FindLaw's DUI Law series. If you have been charged with a DUI, know someone who has, or just want to know about the law and how to protect your rights during a DUI stop, please come back each week for more information.

You did the right thing last night -- you didn't drive drunk and you got home (or wherever) safe. But if you're headed back out early the next morning, there's a chance that alcohol in your system hasn't completely worn off. And if you get pulled over, you may be asked to submit to some field sobriety tests or a breathalyzer. You haven't been drinking since last night -- but could you still get charged with a DUI today?

Here's what you need to know.

While the First Amendment provides the freedom to associate, people often wonder about whether gang affiliation is a crime or considered free association. Generally, being a member of a gang is not in and of itself illegal; however, it is likely to lead to illegal activity which is generally punished more harshly if there is a gang affiliation. This is because many states define gangs as groups that include a purpose of committing crimes or illegal acts. However, as history has shown, figuring out who is actually in a gang is not easy.

To fight the gang problem, a majority of states have gang enhancements that can be applied to other criminal charges that will typically make the punishment, if convicted, stricter. Additionally, state and federal law enforcement maintain gang member databases, so that law enforcement can more easily determine if a suspect, arrestee, or detainee is a current or former gang member. While it may be legal to be a member, when a gang injunction has been issued, then being a gang member out in public, or even being misidentified as a gang member in public, can lead to arrest and/or prosecution.

Remember when your parents told you you would get in less trouble if you just told the truth? Or the phrase, "the cover-up is worse than the crime?" There are many instances where lying makes a bad situation worse, and the criminal justice system is no different.

Take theft, for instance -- taking someone else's property without permission. Theft can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on how much you stole. What about if you get their permission, but you lie to get it? In most states, that's called obtaining property by false pretense, and almost always a felony. Let's look at some state laws as an example.

Using a stolen credit card is a serious crime that carries serious penalties. Even if the card was not stolen, per se, but rather found on the sidewalk, using the card is still illegal in all 50 states. Unlike using stolen or found cash, using a stolen credit card involves an act of fraud on top of theft, on top of the underlying theft of the card potentially.

Like most criminal statutes, the laws prohibiting using a stolen credit card vary from state to state. Some states have stricter penalties than others. Most states however do differentiate between when using a stolen credit card is a misdemeanor or felony. Sometimes, if the value of the goods or services purchased were below a certain threshold, a prosecutor can opt to charge a lesser crime, such as petty larceny or petty theft, which typically are misdemeanors. However, if the value exceeds the state’s misdemeanor threshold, or there were multiple cards involved, it is likely that felony charges will be brought.