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The notable side effect of consuming marijuana is getting high (duh), and many Americans wonder whether it's illegal to simply be high in public.

This is an even more pressing question in states where marijuana possession and use is legal -- either for medicinal or recreational purposes -- but public use is still heavily restricted.

So is it legal to be high in public? Here's what you need to know:

If you're pulled over for a DUI and you're under 21, you may not be thinking about the potential legal consequences. You might be thinking about how much your parents will ream you, how much your friends will ridicule you, and how your social life may never be the same.

Well as Cher memorably said in "Moonstruck," snap out of it! (Too young for that reference? Don't worry about it.)

Worry instead about these five potential legal consequences of an underage DUI:

A Florida dad won't be charged for beating his son's alleged molester, despite leaving him "in a puddle of blood" on the floor.

Raymond Frolander, 18, has been charged with felony sexual battery of a victim under 12, for allegedly assaulting his attacker's 11-year-old son, Reuters reports. The unidentified father, 35, beat Frolander into submission after reportedly finding him sexually assaulting his son.

Why did police choose not to press charges?

Police officers' use of chokeholds to subdue resisting suspects is coming under fire after a New York man suspected of illegally selling cigarettes died in a confrontation with NYPD officers.

Video of the July 17 incident appears to show officers putting the man, 43-year-old Eric Garner, in a chokehold in order to take him to the ground, reports The New York Times -- desptite chokeholds being forbidden by NYPD policy.

What led to the fatal incident, and is the use of chokeholds by police officers legal?

Washington, D.C.'s marijuana decriminalization law is now in effect, reducing the penalty for simple marijuana possession to a $25 fine.

The District of Columbia now joins 17 states in reducing penalties for first-time pot possession to a civil, not criminal offense, Reuters reports. The District's law makes possession of an ounce or less of marijuana by anyone 18 and older a civil offense punishable by only a $25 fine and the seizure of drugs and paraphernalia.

What does this new weed law mean for D.C. pot possessors?

What crimes require sex-offender registration?

Convicts who must register as sex offenders are subject to restrictions on where they may live, work, and their privacy. But it may surprise you that different states have different requirements for which crimes require a convict to register as a sex offender.

Here are a few highlighted examples of which crimes require sex-offender registration:

Prescription drugs have become a real part of many drivers' lives, but they can present a real danger of DUI.

Prescription medication like painkillers, antidepressants, anxiety meds, and even antihistamines can cause a driver to be impaired, and law enforcement is keen to their effects.

In order to be a savvy and safe driver, here are three things about prescription drugs and DUIs that every motorist should know:

Teenage love grips many of the nation's minors, and many minors will become sexually active by sleeping with another minor. But statutory rape laws make it a crime to have sex with any person under the "age of consent."

Lawmakers understand that teens want to make love, but is sex between two minors a crime?

Here's what you need to know:

Think you've been charged with the wrong crime? What can you do about it? Does it mean your case will automatically be dismissed?

Not necessarily. Defendants who are arrested and called into criminal court often believe they have been charged with the wrong crime. Perhaps you committed a petty theft, but got charged with something completely different because of a clerical error. Or perhaps you feel the seriousness of your charge doesn't fit the allegations.

If you truly believe you've been charged with the "wrong crime," here are a few things to consider:

If you're arrested for a DUI, do police have to read you your Miranda rights?

Anyone who has watched their fair share of TV police dramas probably knows the Miranda rights by heart, or at least the first part: "You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law..."

But you might not know is that police don't necessarily have to read you your Miranda rights upon arrest, especially if you are arrested for DUI. This does not mean, however, that police won't be able to use evidence against you (although it may determine the type of evidence they use).

Here's what you need to know about Miranda warnings and how they may apply to DUI arrests: