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You're relaxing in your car when a police officer knocks on your window. When you roll it down, a pungent waft of marijuana smoke hits the officer in the face. He then orders you out of your car, searches your vehicle, and finds marijuana. Wait, he didn't have a warrant to search! He tells you he doesn't need it because he recognizes the smell of marijuana.

Is it legal to do a warrantless search based on the smell of marijuana?

I'm sure you want to forget about a DUI. Never think about it, or bring it up again. However, your job or job applications may not allow you to forget.

As much as you'd like to leave it in the past, do you have to disclose your DUI to your employer or on a job application?

Martha Stewart had one. Paris Hilton had one. What are we talking about here?

An ankle monitor! For many first-time and non-violent offenders, jail is not the right sentence. The better alternative is house arrest or some other type of monitored sentence. And, you can't have house arrest or (any kind of monitoring) without an ankle monitor.

There are many myths surrounding this little piece of jewelry, so here are five things to know about the ankle monitor:

A jury found Dzhokhar Tsarnaev guilty on all counts regarding his involvement in the 2013 bombing at the Boston Marathon. But the case isn't over yet, and the jury's work isn't finished.

Seventeen of the 30 charges for which Tsarnaev was convicted carry a possible death penalty, so now that jurors have found him guilty, they must decide whether to impose that penalty or life in prison. Let's take a look at these separate stages of capital punishment cases and how they work.

Closing arguments in Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's murder trial for 2013 Boston Marathon bombing began this morning. Prosecutors reviewed the evidence and told jurors Tsarnaev and his brother targeted "civilians, men, woman and children, because he wanted to make a point. He wanted to terrorize this country. He wanted to punish America for what it was doing to his people."

Tsarnaev has been charged with 30 counts in the bombing that killed 3 and injured over 260 others, and could face the death penalty if he is convicted as expected.

Can You Hit And Run on a Bike?

We hear, all too often, of a car hitting a bicyclist and then zooming away from the scene of the accident without offering any help. This is hit and run.

But, what if a bicyclist causes an accident? Do hit and run laws apply to bicyclists?

It was just a love tap. Your car barely hit that other car. You can't even see the scratch unless you look closely. Should you stay? Should you go? Would it be hit and run?

Most of us know that when we get into a car accident, especially if someone may be hurt, we need to stay at the scene of the accident. Leaving would definitely be hit and run. But, what if there was only property damage? You hit an unoccupied car in the parking lot, and the owner is nowhere to be found. You don't have time to wait around, so you just leave a note with your name and phone number. Is that enough?

Is it still hit and run if you leave a note?

Maybe you heard about a famous athlete getting a suspended sentence, or you or someone you know has been offered one as a plea bargain. But what is a suspended sentence and how does it work?

While sentencing rules vary by jurisdiction, judges often have significant leeway in sentencing, and may suspend a sentence in certain cases. Let's take a look at what this means and how it works in practice.

Two incidents of school security officers beating high school students in Oakland has us wondering what limits, if any, exist for campus police officers. Are school police officers just like real police officers? Where does their jurisdiction stop and start?

The answer could depend on the type of campus and the relevant state laws. An Oakland Unified School District officer is already facing felony charges and the video below of one of episodes could mean more criminal or civil liability.

You committed a crime, broke the law, and got convicted. Now you have to spend a year in jail. Or, do you?

How would you like to spend that year at home instead? There are many alternatives to jail including a suspended sentence, probation, fines, and community service. In some, cases you might be eligible for house arrest. When under house arrest, you will be confined to your home and required to wear a monitoring device instead of spending your days in jail. So the word arrest is not totally correct, it is really 'house sentencing.'

Sounds like a better option, right? But here are five things you may not know about house arrest: