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The so-called "affluenza" DWI teen's father didn't provide much of a good example this week after he was arrested for allegedly impersonating a cop.

Frederick Anthony Couch, father of Ethan Couch, the boy responsible for killing four people during a drunken driving incident, was arrested Tuesday after being accused of telling real police officers that he was Texas law enforcement, Reuters reports. The elder Couch is out on bail while his son is still on probation for his "affluenza" DWI.

What do these charges mean for the "affluenza" teen's father?

St. Louis County prosecutors will begin presenting evidence to a grand jury this week in connection with the fatal officer-involved shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

The grand jury will be tasked with evaluating testimony and evidence regarding the unarmed 18-year-old's death and will consider criminal charges against those responsible. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, assistant St. Louis County prosecutors Kathi Alizadeh and Sheila Whirley have been selected to present the case to the jurors.

As the grand jury process begins, here are three legal facts to keep in mind:

You probably know that an autopsy is an examination performed on a body after death, usually to determine the cause of death.

But with the autopsy of Ferguson, Missouri, police-shooting victim Michael Brown making news (Attorney General Eric Holder has ordered a federal autopsy in addition to the state-performed autopsy and a private autopsy requested by Brown's family, reports Reuters), there are a few aspects of autopsies you may not be familiar with.

Here are five legal facts about autopsies:

James Brady, President Ronald Reagan's former press secretary, died last week at a Virginia retirement community. However, the medical examiner's office ruled his death a homicide, from a shooting that occurred more than 30 years prior.

Brady was shot in 1981 during an assassination attempt on President Reagan by John W. Hinckley Jr. The Washington Post reports that Hinckley, now 59, was found not guilty by reason of insanity for the shooting, and has been housed at St. Elizabeths psychiatric hospital ever since.

With Brady's death being ruled a homicide, many are wondering: Could Hinckley be brought up on new murder charges for shooting Brady?

Mike Brown, an unarmed teenager, was shot and killed by police near St. Louis on Saturday, spurring a number of protests.

Demonstrators expressed their outrage over the death of Brown, 18, who was shot after an altercation with a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri; witnesses say Brown had his hands in the air and was unarmed. CNN reports the protests turned violent late Sunday, with police responding in riot gear.

What are the allegations surrounding Brown's death, and what liability could the protesters potentially face for violence?

A suburban Detroit homeowner has been convicted of second-degree murder for fatally shooting a woman on his porch who was looking for help.

Jurors found Theodore Wafer, 55, of Dearborn Heights, guilty of second-degree murder for shooting and killing Renisha McBride, 19, of Detroit, who showed up knocking on his door last November. Defense lawyers argued the shooting was in self-defense, but prosecutors insisted McBride was only seeking help after a car crash, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Why second-degree murder, and what will happen to Wafer now?

Convicted murderer Jodi Arias is getting another chance to tell her story during her upcoming sentencing retrial, and this time she'll be representing herself.

An Arizona judge agreed on Monday to allow Arias to represent herself in a retrial that could end with Arias facing the death penalty. Reuters reports that Judge Sherry Stephens advised Arias against taking over for her current attorneys, who will now "act as advisory counsels."

Can Arias really represent herself at her retrial?

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?

  • Know someone who has been arrested or charged with a drunken driving offense? Get in touch with a knowledgeable DUI attorney in your area today.

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?

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?