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Although this may not shock you, a new FindLaw survey reveals that consumers are using the Internet more than any other method to search for lawyers.

Mind blown? Collect the shards of your skull from the corners of the room and check out our stats.

Not unlike the fragrant smoke cascading from Willie Nelson's tour bus, myths about the origins of "4/20" (or "4:20") swirl and obscure the true origins of the official stoners' holiday.

According to one erroneous explanation, "420" was the police code for "marijuana smoking in progress." Other stories suggest it correlated with a daily after-school smoking session, which would commence at 4:20 p.m.

That last one is at least partially correct. But the true origin of the pot smoker's holiday is actually much more interesting. And if you choose to indulge this Easter, or on any day, make sure you understand the law (we'll get to that in a bit).

Driving under the influence. It's a common mistake -- one that can carry enormous consequences for your license, your bank account, and perhaps even your freedom.

If you've made the mistake of getting behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, FindLaw.com has a number of online resources to help guide you through the legal system every step of the way.

From your initial traffic stop to your day in court, here are five helpful (and free!) FindLaw resources and how to get the most out of each:

Looking for free legal aid but not sure where to turn? Look no further than FindLaw's State Laws section, which now links you to local legal resources from coast to coast.

FindLaw has always provided coverage of national topics and legal issues. But recently, our Learn About the Law team has been working tirelessly (with coffee, of course) to create city-specific pages highlighting free and low-cost legal aid for 100 different metro areas.

So how do you access FindLaw's free legal aid pages, and what exactly do they offer?

It's April, which means it's time to dust off the old baseball mitt, put away those winter clothes (all apologies to those still shoveling snow), and enjoy the lengthening days of spring. But while April signals a shift away from the winter doldrums, it's also a time to reflect on three particularly challenging and/or distressing topics: autism, distracted driving, and sexual assault. Besides sharing the same month of awarenss, these otherwise unrelated things can potentially impact each one of us.

So in honor of Autism Awareness Month, Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and Sexual Assault Awareness Month, FindLaw.com would like to, well, increase the awareness.

Here are a few resources we'd like to highlight:

Women's History Month is coming to a close, and if you've failed to take a few moments aside to observe the month-long celebration, we've got you covered.

Over the last few weeks, FindLaw's Consumer and Legal Professional blogs have discussed common legal problems that ladies face, celebrated a pioneer in combatting sexual harassment, and written a litany of posts on the advancement of women in the legal profession. And, of course, there was the wardrobe discussion.

Here's a sampling of how FindLaw's blogs focused on women this month:

Twitter -- one of FindLaw's neighbors in Silicon Valley -- turns 8 years old today. The social media messaging company is celebrating its anniversary by remembering a wave of #FirstTweets.

USA Today shared that Barack Obama's first tweet involved ending the war in Iraq, while Oprah Winfrey hilariously said "HI TWITTERS" [sic].

But more importantly, what did FindLaw say in our #FirstTweet?

If your Spring Break takes an unexpected legal turn, who you gonna call? Rest assured, an experienced lawyer is just a click or two away.

No matter if you're facing legal trouble in Florida, South Carolina, Texas, or anywhere else across the country, FindLaw's Lawyer Directory can connect you with some of the top attorneys in your area. Some lawyers even tout their experience with common Spring Break-related legal issues, such as drug- and alcohol-related infractions.

To make things easy for Spring Breakers, here are the cities deemed the nation's hottest Spring Break spots -- and links to some local lawyers if you happen to need one:

The law is not etched in stone, but rather serves as a reflection of society's ever-changing views on liberty and justice, anchored by its founding principles. Most major shifts in the law take time -- involving the mobilization of countless individuals and the often-frustrating mechanics of politics -- before bubbling to the surface in the form of a new statute or court ruling.

If it's "settled" law (relatively speaking), you can read about it in FindLaw.com's authoritative Learn About the Law section. Our Legal Blog Network, meanwhile, provides clear, legalese-free analysis of legal news and common legal issues.

OK, but what if you want to know what happened this morning, or even 15 minutes ago? Look no further than FindLaw's Legal Pulse.

FindLaw.com has been conducting surveys on hot-button legal issues for years, but our latest survey illuminates a new spin on a relatively new problem -- cyberbullying.

What does this survey tell parents and their families about cyberbullying?