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Facebook and the New York Attorney General have formed a prolific crime-fighting partnership. The two have teamed up to find missing children and curb illegal gun sales. Now the Batman and Robin of Gotham justice are working on a new plan to battle online sex trafficking.

The latest partnership hopes to use Facebook's mountains of user and ad data to identify human traffickers and child victims of sex trafficking.

Do I Need a Lawyer for a Petty Theft Charge?

You were caught stealing or are being accused of stealing. The charge is petty theft. Since the charge includes the word "petty," it must be no big deal, right?

Wrong. You definitely do need a lawyer.

A female student diversity officer at the University of London has been charged with making racially motivated malicious communications after she tweeted using the hashtag #killallwhitemen. Bahar Mustafa, who works in the Students' Union of Goldsmiths, allegedly used the hashtag on her since-deleted Twitter account.

Mustafa had sparked a controversy by asking straight white men not to attend an event for black and ethnic minority students in April. She's now facing a possible six months in jail for the tweets.

Guns Around the Country: Tougher State Laws Linked to Fewer Shooting Deaths

After last week's Oregon community college campus shooting, President Obama gave a speech calling for more gun control. He said that stricter regulations lead to fewer gun deaths, a fact that probably came from a 2015 National Journal investigation.

The investigation concluded that there was a direct relationship between loose gun laws and more gun deaths. But not every state fits neatly into the paradigm. Let's take a look at the research and the data and see how deep the connection between the two goes.

Wildfires in California and hurricanes in South Carolina have forced authorities in both states to issue evacuation orders. While these orders are intended to save lives, not everyone complies with evacuation orders.

So what happens if you stick around? Could police arrest you for disobeying a mandatory evacuation order?

It's the largest one-time release of federal prisoners in history. In one weekend from October 30th to November 2nd, the Department of Justice will provide early release to about 6,000 prison inmates.

So who are these inmates, and why are they being released early?

Juvenile Killer: Is 11 Too Young for First Degree Murder?

McKayla Dwyer, 8, had a puppy. Her neighbor, 11, wanted to see it. Dwyer said no and the boy shot her with his father's shotgun from inside his home. He is now charged with first degree murder.

This incident happened on Saturday night in White Penn, Tennessee, according to the Associated Press. The boy's name is not being released because he is a juvenile. After his first hearing yesterday, Ed Miller, the 4th Judicial District Public Defender said the court has ordered the boy to remain detained. He is scheduled for a hearing on October 18, but the PD expects delays.

With drunk driving waning and drugged driving on the rise, it has become necessary for police to turn to some new technology to see if a driver is impaired. Blood tests can take too long and breath tests don't work for drugs. Or do they?

There is new research suggesting that a breath test may be able to detect the presence of drugs like amphetamines, methamphetamines, marijuana, cocaine, and even heroin. So does that mean cops can breath test you for drugs? Not yet, perhaps, but soon.

Should I Tell My Lawyer I'm Guilty?

You should tell your lawyer your story. Criminal defense lawyers defend both the guilty and the innocent. Your lawyer's job is to resolve the charges against you, not to judge you morally.

If truth was obvious, we would't have such an elaborate process to uncover it. But we do have discovery, investigations, trials, and appeals. Why? Because things are not always what they seem.

Adjusting to civilian life is never easy for veterans, especially if they are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Veterans with PTSD can have difficulty securing benefits, keeping therapy ducks, and, sadly, staying out of trouble with the law.

So where can veterans turn if they need legal help? Fortunately there are criminal defense attorneys and courts that can help.