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Just when you thought it was safe to be George Zimmerman, the Florida man acquitted of the 2013 shooting of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin is back in the news.

Zimmerman was arrested and jailed on Friday for aggravated assault after allegedly throwing a wine bottle toward his girlfriend -- an incident he denies. It was Zimmerman's third domestic violence-related incident since his acquittal in the Trayvon Martin case.

The holiday season has various traditional recipes and rituals attached to it, not least of which is holiday drinking.

Mulled wine, spiked cider, and of course eggnog play a large role in many holiday parties. But as you may learn, these drinks do not mix well with those who plan to drive.

Check out our take on these five alcoholic holiday drinks which might put you at risk for intoxicated driving:

Police are preparing to arrest Cinco de Mayo lawbreakers, and many are planning patrols and checkpoints to nab felonious fiesta-goers.

Luckily (or shall we say, afortunademente), there are many ways to avoid a Cinco de Mayo-related arrest. Here are siete (seven) legal tips you'll want to keep in mind:

The reefer-reveler's annual "holiday," 4/20, is this weekend. And while some state and local laws have changed to allow slightly more mnarijuana in our lives, you can still be arrested for participating in this popular annual pot party.

So avoid buzzkills this 4/20 and celebrate without getting arrested. Here are four tips to help you keep things legal:

A fake child abduction has parents upset and police investigating possible charges against the participants, including the "abducted" boy's parents.

Onlookers in a park in Sequim, Washington, watched a masked man grab a toddler and make off with him in a minivan. Frightened parents called 911, and one woman even attempted to chase the van in an attempt to record its license plate number, reports The Associated Press.

What could possibly happen to these fake child abductors?

Are There Defenses to Criminal Trespassing?

You can be charged with criminal trespassing when you enter someone else's land or use someone else's chattel without permission or authorization.

Police officers, sheriffs, and even park rangers typically enforce criminal trespass law. But there are a few situations in which trespassing charges may be dropped against a defendant.

Here are a few common defenses to trespassing:

Top 7 Tips to Avoid a Spring Break DUI

Spring Break is a time to relax and have fun, but getting a DUI can really ruin your vacation.

To help you stay in your board shorts and out of handcuffs, here are seven DUI legal tips for those on Spring Break:

5 Ways You Can Get Charged With Stalking

Though the exact definition of stalking varies by state, it's generally described as the repeated unwanted pursuit of someone. It typically involves a pattern of conduct in which the offender follows, harasses, or threatens the victim, causing the victim to fear for his or her safety.

But what does that mean in reality, how do you know if you're a stalker?

Specific acts that count as stalking include, but are not limited to, the following five situations:

Staged Car-Crash Scam Targeted Elderly: LAPD

A Los Angeles man is accused of staging phony car accidents in order to dupe at least 10 elderly drivers into paying him. Investigators believe there may be more victims.

David Stevens, 42, allegedly waved down senior drivers, accused them of hitting his car, and threatened to report them to the DMV if they didn't pay for his phony repairs, Los Angeles' KABC-TV reports. He was arrested on suspicion of grand theft, felony stalking, and burglary.

And because his alleged victims were all between 70 and 90 years old, Stevens faces an additional charge that he wouldn't have faced had he targeted younger drivers.

How Many Middle Schoolers Are 'Sexting'?

The number of middle-school students who engage in "sexting" may be higher than you think. What's more, those suggestive text messages and photos could potentially lead to criminal consequences.

A study conducted by the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics found that more than 1 in 5 middle schoolers reported sending sexually explicit text messages, with some of them having also sent nude or seminude photos, reports Reuters.

The study found that children with emotional and behavioral problems are more at-risk for sexting, and that sexting also correlates with sexual activity.