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In Virginia, a class action case is heating up as the Department of Justice has decided to enter the fight. The gist of the case is that in Virginia, if a driver fails to pay court costs or fines, they may have their driver's license suspended without consideration of whether the failure to pay was intentional or a result of poverty. To date, nearly 1 million Virginia drivers have had their licenses suspended as a result of unpaid court costs and fines. The lawsuit alleges that the law unfairly punishes the poor.

Although suspending someone's driving privileges seems to be a rather minor punishment in the grand scheme of things, it can actually have disastrous effects. Ironically, the law makes it more difficult to get to work to pay the fines that resulted in the license suspension in the first place. As the DOJ explains, this sort of punishment can create an inescapable cycle of poverty.

Everybody enjoys a good party. However, what some people consider a good party is what police consider arresting fish in a barrel. While there are some legal drugs, such as alcohol, prescription medications, vitamins and supplements, and, of course, marijuana in some states, there are countless illegal drugs that can get you arrested if you are caught using or possessing them at a party. It is important to note that the legal drugs can also get you arrested if you are overly intoxicated in public, selling/distributing them, if they look like real drugs, or while driving home.

There's no specific list of drugs that are considered party drugs. "Party drug" is a term that generally refers to any drug that has an effect that a partygoer would consider good for a party, such as extra energy, increased/altered sensory perception, and/or mood/mind altering effects. The term became popularized in the mainstream when illegal raves started gaining widespread popularity. Sometimes party drugs are as simple as vitamins or herbal supplements, however, frequently the term is used to refer to illegal or more powerful substances.

Your home is your castle. Only most houses don't come complete with a moat, drawbridge, and turrets. So it makes it easier for other people, including the police, to enter your home. Whether by force, by warrant, or by permission, police may ask to or just try to enter your house, and there are better and worse ways to handle it.

Here's what you need to know if police raid your home.

On Election Day, residents of four more states elected to legalize recreational marijuana. Three other states approved medical marijuana. That leaves the country with a hodgepodge of pot laws, and leaves many wondering how travel between weed-friendly states and not-so-weed-friendly states will be regulated. (Keep in mind that marijuana remains an illegal drug under federal law.)

So what do you need to know about driving with marijuana across state lines? Here's a primer:

Being attacked is an awful, frightening, and confusing experience. If you are under a barrage of blows, then of course the law will protect you if you fight back to end it, right? Do you know how far can you go to end it? Can you use a weapon? Can you knock the person out? Can you use deadly force? Can you detain the person until authorities arrive?

In nearly every circumstance, you can stop an attacker by using the same amount or type of force they are using against you. In some states, the bar for when deadly force can be used is lower than in other states. Generally, the main consideration after proportionality is whether you live in a stand your ground state, or duty to retreat state.

As any Jay-Z fan will tell you, having a good idea about your legal rights when pulled over by law enforcement can get you out of some sticky situations. And, like Jay, you don't need to have passed the bar to know a little bit about illegal car searches.

But not every word of 99 Problems should be taken as legal advice, so here are five of the most important questions when it comes to vehicle searches and how to legally assert your rights.

So you decided to throw some eggs during Halloween and now you’re facing vandalism charges. Unfortunately, despite your desire to express your opinion through the hurling of eggs, there’s no freedom of egg-spression in this country. Throwing an egg can actually land you with a vandalism charge and leave you asking: how do I defend myself against a vandalism charge?

The bad news is that there really isn’t much you can do if you were caught in the act, or if there is surveillance footage clearly implicating you. Unless you have an attorney telling you the evidence against you is not strong enough, there’s a good chance your best way out of trouble is via a plea bargain to a lesser charge or a civil compromise. The way vandalism is charged varies from state to state, and may even vary depending on the value of the property defaced or destroyed, as well as the cost to clean or repair the property.

The majority of gun owners say they bought a gun for protection (despite evidence that gun owners are more likely to shoot another member of the household in the home than an armed intruder). And most of the people that buy guns for self-defense would rather never use them. But we don't live in a perfect world, and there are times when it becomes necessary to sue a gun to protect yourself, another person, or your property.

The laws that govern whether using potentially deadly force is legitimate can vary greatly from state-to-state, but here are a few common considerations on when it's legal to use a gun in self-defense.

You've wanted to drive fast since you were a kid. And all those Fast and Furious movies didn't do much to assuage your lead foot. The only problem is all these nitpicky speed limit laws and all those pesky police officers happy to enforce them.

If you've gotten pulled over pushing your car to the limit, you may have some questions. Lucky for you, we've got all your speeding ticket answers.

You might've thought enabling Touch ID on your iPhone made it more secure. After all, it's harder to fake your fingerprint than to guess a passcode. But when it comes to the law enforcement searches, your smartphone might've gotten a lot more vulnerable.

According to Forbes, federal law enforcement officers recently served a warrant on a California home which gave them "authorization to depress the fingerprints and thumbprints of every person who is located at the SUBJECT PREMISES during the execution of the search and who is reasonably believed by law enforcement to be the user of a fingerprint sensor-enabled device that is located at the SUBJECT PREMISES and falls within the scope of the warrant."

Essentially, cops could force everyone in the residence to open their phones. Is this really legal?