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Parolees and probationers are required to check in with their supervising officers as part of the conditions of their release. However, inevitably some of these individuals will fail to meet with their POs, triggering some nasty legal consequences.

Going AWOL on your probation or parole officer could mean going back to jail or prison, unless you have a very good reason for why you failed to report.

So what can happen if you fail to check in with your probation or parole officer?

Tomorrow is Constitution Day, which commemorates the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787. What does the Constitution have to do with criminal law?

Not everyone is familiar with the specific rights guaranteed by the Constitution's Bill of Rights. Fortunately, if you are arrested or accused of a crime, you're entitled to these rights, whether you know them or not. That being said, knowing your rights will help you determine when they are being violated.

Which constitutional amendments should you know if you're being accused of a crime? You're probably familiar with your Fifth Amendment right to remain silent, but here are three more:

When police ask you to identify yourself, what are your legal options?

In the most practical sense, refusing to identify yourself seems like a surefire way to get on a cop's bad side. Just ask "Django Unchained" actress Daniele Watts, who was cuffed on Thursday after refusing to identify herself to the LAPD (she was not arrested, however).

You may believe that your privacy rights allow you to walk the street anonymously, but is that true in all situations? Here's what you need to know about when you can refuse to identify yourself to police officers:

If you're charged with a drug crime, you could always choose to go it alone as a pro se defendant or take the public defender who may be provided to you by the court.

However, you may also choose to work with a criminal defense attorney who's particularly knowledgeable about handling drug crimes, such as the offense you are being charged with. What makes hiring a drug crimes lawyer worth the money?

Here are five things a drug crimes lawyer can do that you probably can't:

Confidential informants ("CIs") often provide law enforcement and prosecutors with valuable evidence that can lead to arrests and even convictions of criminal suspects.

However, very few CIs have a clean criminal record, and many of them are "flipped" by law enforcement to avoid harsher punishment for their own crimes. So how can a court find a CI's testimony to be credible?

There must be some legal guarantee that a CI's info is good. Here are five common factors courts will consider in judging the credibility of a confidential informant:

A father accused of murdering the drunken driver who killed his two sons was acquitted by a Texas jury.

In 2012, David Barajas and his two sons -- David Jr. 12 and Caleb 11 -- were pushing Barajas' truck on a road near their home in Alvin, Texas after the truck ran out of gas. A drunk driver, 20-year-old Jose Banda, plowed into the two boys, killing them. Prosecutors accused Barajas of running home, grabbing a pistol, and fatally shooting Banda in revenge, reports the Houston Chronicle.

The jury in Barajas' criminal trial, however, wasn't convinced. Why not?

A Georgia father who left his toddler in a hot car, leading to the boy's death, was indicted Thursday on eight counts, including malice murder and felony murder.

Justin Ross Harris, 33, had initially pleaded not guilty to murder and child cruelty charges in mid-June, but CNN reports that this new grand jury indictment supersedes the previous charges. Prosecutors have alleged that Harris intentionally strapped his child into his overheated SUV to die, claiming that he "wanted a childless life."

What does this new indictment mean for this hot-car murder case?

Three decades after being convicted of raping murdering an 11-year-old girl in North Carolina, two mentally disabled half-brothers have been declared innocent and ordered released from prison.

The two men -- one of whom was sentenced to death, the other to life in prison -- were convicted based in large part on confessions that the men claimed were coerced and which they immediately recanted, reports The New York Times.

What was the new evidence that finally convinced a judge the two men were telling the truth about their innocence?

We all have our favorite TV cop shows, but these fictional men and women in blue always seem to get the law wrong. If the increasing reports of police misconduct and brutality are any indication, maybe art is imitating life.

So for the benefit of real-life cops and real-life TV viewers, we present the five things that TV cops always manage to get wrong:

Police reports contain important legal information for any criminal case, and they can help both victims and defendants find justice.

They go by many names -- such as offense report, incident report, or police report -- but they all serve the same purpose. These reports memorialize an officer's actions in investigating a crime and in making an arrest.

Here are the basics on how to obtain a police report: