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Attorney General Eric Holder announced Friday that the U.S. Justice Department will strictly limit local and state law enforcement agencies' use of so-called federal "adoptions" for civil asset forfeitures.

The federal asset forfeiture program originally began in the 1980s as part of the war on drugs, reports The Washington Post. At that time, few states had similar forfeiture laws; however, federal adoption of seized property allowed local and state law enforcement agencies to prevent seized property from being returned to criminals. But federal adoptions have continued to be used even as states passed their own forfeiture laws. According to the Post, since 2008 local and state police agencies have used a federal civil asset forfeiture program called Equitable Sharing to seize $3 billion worth of cash and property.

What do you need to know about Attorney General Holder's announcement? Here are five facts:

During a DUI stop, the results of a preliminary alcohol screening (PAS) test will often determine whether a driver is arrested or let go.

But there are some important differences between these preliminary alcohol tests and the testing of blood, breath, or urine following a DUI arrest.

What makes a PAS test different?

Although burglary, robbery, and theft are often used interchangeably, there are distinct differences between the three.

What the three have in common, of course, is that they all may involve the unauthorized taking of someone's personal property by another person (aka stealing). But beyond this shared link, burglary, robbery, and theft are all different crimes.

What are the differences between the three?

FindLaw's Blotter attempts to cover the latest in criminal news as well as provide common-sense explanations of the legal intricacies of the criminal justice system. With 2014 coming to a close, we've tried to reflect on the stories that have caught our readers' attentions most -- both news-based and general.

With that, here are the 10 most popular posts from FindLaw's Blotter in 2014:

New Year's Eve is a fantastic time to get together with friends and family and reflect on the year coming to a close. It's not really an opportune time to get arrested.

We don't mean that there's ever a great time to be arrested, but with the courts closed around the holidays, you may have to wait a bit longer for your arraignment if you can't make bail.

Here are five dumb ways to get arrested on New Year's Eve:

If you've ever watched the television show "Law & Order," you know from the show's opening sequence that "In the criminal justice system, the people are represented by two separate yet equally important groups: the police, who investigate crime; and the district attorneys, who prosecute the offenders."

Police are tasked with enforcing the law, but they are also subject to it. In a year marked by controversy over the use of deadly force by police against unarmed subjects in Missouri, New York City, Ohio, and elsewhere, there were many questions regarding the extent of police powers in 2014.

Here are the five most popular posts from 2014 about dealing with the police:

Top 10 DUI Stories of 2014

With 2014 drawing to a close, we hope that our readers have made it this far without a drunken driving incident.

Others haven't been as lucky or prudent in the past 12 months, as you may discover in our 10 most popular DUI stories of 2014:

A sex offender working as Santa Claus in Jackson County, Missouri, was arrested more than a week before Christmas.

James R. Gray, 50, was arrested and charged with failing to register as a sex offender because he failed to report his employment -- which in this case was as a Santa in a "home decor-type store." The Kansas City Star reports that it's not illegal for a sex offender to portray Santa Claus, but not registering employment is another story.

Why are law enforcement coming down so hard on this sex-offender Santa?

A New Jersey man wearing an "Elf on the Shelf" costume was arrested for DWI after police officers found him passed out in a car.

About 3:30 a.m. Friday, Riverdale police say that officers responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle found 23-year-old Brian Chellis passed out behind the wheel of a Toyota van, reports NJ Advanced Media. The van was running, with the headlights on and music playing, according to police.

Despite being asleep when found by police, Chellis was issued a summons for driving while intoxicated. Can you really get a DWI while sleeping?

What Is Constructive Possession?

Constructive possession is often thrown around in criminal cases where a person is charged with the illegal possession of something that wasn't in his or her actual possession.

The distinction can be hard to ferret out at times, but constructive possession is, in many cases, just as effective as actual possession in obtaining a conviction.

So what are some examples of constructive possession?