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Kerry Kennedy Found Not Guilty of Drugged Driving

After a five-day trial, a New York jury found Kerry Kennedy not guilty of drugged driving on Friday.

In 2012, Kennedy -- daughter of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and ex-wife of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo -- was arrested and charged with driving while impaired after she crashed into a tractor-trailer while under the influence of a sleeping pill.

Why was she found not guilty?

Can a DUI Result in Deportation?

After pop star Justin Bieber's DUI arrest and the trending #DeportBieber hashtags on Twitter, many are wondering if a DUI can get a foreigner deported.

The Canadian-born singer's arrest brings to the forefront the immigration issues surrounding what happens to non-U.S. citizens who commit crimes while in the states. It's believed Bieber has an O-1 performer's visa, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Since DUIs are serious and dangerous offenses, can a DUI get a non-citizen deported?

Justin Bieber couldn't keep himself out of trouble for long this year, as he was arrested Thursday morning on suspicion of a DUI in Miami Beach.

Police Detective Vivian Hernandez told the New York Daily News that the DUI charge was for "a combination of alcohol and narcotics."

Although it seems the "Boyfriend" singer isn't giving Beliebers much to "belieb" in anymore, these five legal lessons from Bieber's DUI arrest might help:

Mars Heiress, 74, Fined $2,500 for Fatal Crash

Just like we predicted, Mars heiress Jacqueline Badger Mars, 74, will be facing light penalties for the fatal crash she caused that killed an 86-year-old woman and caused a pregnant passenger's miscarriage.

A Virginia judge ordered Mars, one of the world's richest women, to pay a $2,500 fine and suspended her driver's license for six months.

How did the candy heiress get such a sweet sentence?

Mars Heiress Charged in Fatal Crash

As we suspected would happen, Mars heiress Jacqueline Badger Mars, 74, is now facing criminal charges after a fatal crash that killed an 86-year-old woman and caused a pregnant passenger's miscarriage.

With reckless driving charges underway, what's at stake for the heiress who's worth a staggering $20.5 billion -- making her the third-richest woman in the United States?

What Happens If You Refuse a DUI Breath Test?

What happens if you refuse a DUI breath test? Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar might have an answer for you, after he refused to take a breath test during a recent traffic stop.

Kosar was pulled over last month for suspicion of OVI -- operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, Ohio's version of a DUI. But when asked to take a breath test, he refused, saying that he'd always been advised never to take one, Cleveland.com reports.

When you refuse a DUI breath test like Kosar did, what happens next? While DUI laws vary by state, here are some possible outcomes:

Kennedy Cousin Michael Skakel to Get New Trial

In a scathing 135-page decision, a Connecticut judge has set aside Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel's murder conviction and ordered a new trial. Skakel was convicted in 2002 for the grisly murder of Martha Moxley, his teenage neighbor in Greenwich, Connecticut, in 1975.

Though Skakel has served about half of his 20-year sentence, he's slated for a brand spankin' new trial because his original trial lawyer did not competently represent him.

Getting another bite at the "judicial apple" is no easy feat -- but it is possible under pretty extraordinary circumstances.

Are There Any Defenses to Drugged Driving?

Solid drugged driving defenses are essential to fending off DUI charges. Kerry Kennedy, ex-wife of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, daughter of Sen. Robert Kennedy and niece of President John Kennedy, realizes this all too well.

Kennedy was arrested last year for drugged driving in suburban New York after careening her Lexus into a tractor-trailer. As part of her defense strategy, she claimed she accidentally took a sleeping pill, reports The Associated Press.

But is that a valid defense?

With the summer movie season upon us, chances are you'll see some dramatic legal plots unfolding on the big screen. But when it comes to the law, what you see in the movies often doesn't work in real life.

Whether it's "A Few Good Men" or "Liar Liar," we love movies about legal defenses and tactics that seem to pull the rug out from under the antagonist just at the right moment.

The problem is, these legal coups de grace are rarely pulled off in actual court. Unlike the following examples, you can rarely get off with murder on a legal technicality.

Is It Illegal to Fake Your Own Death?

A California rapper who faked his own death has been arrested. No, you guys, it's not Tupac.

Tim Dog, born Timothy Blair, reportedly died in February from diabetes-related complications. But a woman named Esther Pilgrim has accused the "F--- Compton" artist of faking his own death to avoid making court-ordered repayments to women he scammed, reports the New York Daily News.

But is it illegal to fake your own death?