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The police are at your door. They want to questions you because you're suspected of a crime.

Yikes! Your first instinct may be to tell them about everything, including the time in third grade when you stole your teacher's candy. Or, you may want to bolt and run.

If you ever become implicated in criminal investigation, here are some tips you can follow:

Are you in Oregon right now? Do you notice that pungent scent in the air? It's probably the scent of legal recreational marijuana.

Last year, Oregonians voted to make recreational use of marijuana legal. Today, Oregon residents can legally light up recreationally for the first time!

Oregon's Measure 91 went into effect today. Here is what you need to know:

A burglar smashed your living room window to break into your home. While he was in the process of taking your flat screen television off the wall, he steps on your kid's toy car and falls on his back, spraining it. The TV then falls on his face breaking his nose. To add insult to injury, the burglar is now suing you for his injuries!

Can a burglar really sue the homeowner for injuries during a break in?

What Are Good Time Credits?

For all but the worst offenders, most convicted prisoners don't spend their whole sentence in prison. Many are released early because of good time credits for good behavior or for working.

What are good time credits?

Has someone hacked your computer? Did someone steal your password? You probably have Alex Yucel and his Blackshades malware to blame.

The co-creator of malware technology has been sentenced to prison for hacking after pleading guilty earlier this year.

Although a jury handed down the death penalty last month, a judge formally sentenced Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death today for his role in the Boston Marathon bombing that killed three and injured hundreds more.

While the sentencing in some ways felt like a mere formality, it was noteworthy for those who spoke during the nearly four hour hearing. Two dozen survivors and family members of the victims were allowed to give victim impact statements, and Tsarnaev himself addressed the court and the victims for the first time.

Got a speeding ticket? Your insurance could go up. Got a DUI? Definitely get ready to pay more each month.

What if you got a parking ticket or other non-moving violation? Will non-moving violations cause your insurance rate to go up?

The day after Dylann Roof killed nine people in a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina, we speculated about whether he would be charged with a hate crime or an act of domestic terrorism. After all, the Department of Justice (DOJ) had already announced its own hate crime investigation.

As it turns out, Roof so far has only been charged with nine counts of murder and an associated weapons charge. So what about the hate crime and terrorism charges?

The days of Dog the Bounty Hunter being a household icon may be over. While the profession was glorified for eight seasons on A&E (as much for the eponymous Duane "Dog" Chapman's hair a sunglass choices as the hot pursuit of criminal suspects), recent events have begun to cast bail enforcement agents in a more negative light.

The killing of country singer Randy Howard and a John Oliver segment about the bail process have left many wondering whether it's wise to have a largely unregulated, pseudo-police force hunting people who skipped a court date for money. So who are these bounty hunters and how much power do they have?

Nobody likes to be caught red handed, but police seem to be especially touchy.

The city of Detroit is being sued by two college students who claim that police beat and arrested them, and destroyed their cell phones -- all over recording officers arresting a third man.