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If you live in or have traveled to an area frequented by outdoor enthusiasts, you may come across a game warden, a local state or federal official tasked with enforcing the laws regarding hunting, fishing, and wildlife conservation.

But what other powers do game wardens have? Are game warden's law enforcement powers limited to issuing citations for hunting out of season, or can they enforce other criminal laws such as DUI?

Do game wardens have the same powers as police?

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Not all DUIs are created equal.

Just ask Phoenix Suns player P.J. Tucker. He was arrested earlier this summer following a traffic stop and charged with "super extreme DUI." Extreme DUIs, also known as aggravated DUIs, can result in even more severe penalties than the already serious punishments meted out for a DUI conviction, including larger fines and more jail time.

What are aggravated and extreme DUIs?

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The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that a driver is free to ignore a cop who walks up and knocks on the window -- even free to drive away.

In a 5-2 decision, the Wisconsin High Court ruled in County of Grant v. Vogt that an intoxicated Wisconsin driver was not "seized" when the officer approached his car and knocked on his window. The court determined that although this was a close case, a motorist isn't detained when an officer knocks on the driver's window, so he or she is "free" to ignore it or even drive away.

Is the Wisconsin Supreme Court kidding? Is it really legal to drive away from a cop at your car window?

Penalties for first-time pot possession, like real estate, depend primarily on three things: location, location, location.

For example, in Washington and Colorado, possessing marijuana is no longer even a state crime for those old enough to buy it. Even in states where it is still against the law to possess pot, district attorneys are refusing to prosecute low-level pot cases. But what about the states that do still punish possession of marijuana?

What penalties are possible for first-time pot possession?

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While experienced criminal defense attorneys are essential to your success, you may run into various ways in which attorneys wish to be paid their fees.

Criminal lawyers may charge a flat fee for something like a basic DUI, or they may charge an hourly rate that requires a substantial down payment. If you're a repeat offender or facing charges that are likely to go to trial, you may be looking at some steep attorney's fees.

Don't fret though, criminal defense attorney's fees can be easy to understand with these principles:

A single mom from Philadelphia is facing serious prison time for volunteering to a New Jersey officer at a traffic stop that she had a licensed handgun in her car.

Unfortunately for Shaneen Allen, 27, her Pennsylvania concealed carry permit isn't recognized in New Jersey, and she was arrested and charged with "unlawful possession of a weapon and armor penetrating bullets," reports Philadelphia's WCAU-TV. The incident occurred last October, but Allen has a court date set for August 5.

Why is the Garden State being so hard on this Philly mom?

The notable side effect of consuming marijuana is getting high (duh), and many Americans wonder whether it's illegal to simply be high in public.

This is an even more pressing question in states where marijuana possession and use is legal -- either for medicinal or recreational purposes -- but public use is still heavily restricted.

So is it legal to be high in public? Here's what you need to know:

If you're pulled over for a DUI and you're under 21, you may not be thinking about the potential legal consequences. You might be thinking about how much your parents will ream you, how much your friends will ridicule you, and how your social life may never be the same.

Well as Cher memorably said in "Moonstruck," snap out of it! (Too young for that reference? Don't worry about it.)

Worry instead about these five potential legal consequences of an underage DUI:

A Florida woman who fired a warning shot at her abusive husband will not receive a pretrial "Stand Your Ground" hearing in her assault case, a judge has ruled.

Marissa Alexander, 33, was hoping the judge would take into account Florida's new law extending "Stand Your Ground" to warning shots in granting her a pretrial self-defense hearing. Reuters reports that Alexander, whose original conviction in 2012 was overturned on appeal, had her claim of self-defense rejected during her first trial as well.

With Florida's new law in place, why is Alexander being denied a pretrial "Stand Your Ground" hearing?

A South Carolina woman who left her 9-year-old daughter alone at a public park while she went to her job at McDonalds was arrested and charged with a felony.

Debra Harrell, 46, of North Augusta, was arrested after confessing to regularly leaving her daughter in the park while she worked at a McDonald's a mile-and-a-half away. According to CNN, Harrell had given her daughter a cell phone and a key to their house, which was about a six-minute walk from the park.

The arrest is causing many to ask: Is leaving a 9-year-old child in a public park illegal?