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While drunk driving arrests are all too common, each DUI case is unique, meaning the possible penalties you could face when charged with drunk driving will vary depending on the specifics of your case. There are, however, some general rules that prosecutors and courts follow when charging, plea bargaining, and punishing DUI offenses.

Here's a look at some of the most common questions regarding DUI penalties, and the most common punishments for DUI convictions.

Will I Get Arrested If I Use Drugs During Pregnancy?

Though you may be arrested for using illegal drugs, there are generally no additional criminal charges for doing so while pregnant. Two states, Alabama and South Carolina, have upheld criminal child abuse verdicts for prenatal illegal drug use, primarily on the grounds those states believe a viable fetus is a person. In the other 48 states, you are relatively safe. Tennessee had a specific criminal law against using illegal drugs while pregnant, though it expired in 2016.

What's the Penalty for Laptop Theft?

Stealing a laptop comes in so many forms: breaking into a car or a home, or simply grabbing one that is in plain sight from an unsuspecting, or tuned-out, owner. What's the crime for laptop theft? That depends on the jurisdiction and the laptop, but some states are saying it should be an outright felony.

Homeowners generally have the right to defend themselves and their property in their own home. Specifically, the so-called "castle doctrine" says that a homeowner does not have a duty to retreat if they are in their home, though state laws may limit the amount of force allowed and require that an intruder be in the house to permit that force.

Neither of these legal principles, however, apply to firing a 12-gauge Mossberg shotgun at a teenager who knocked on your door for directions to school. So learned Jeffrey Zeigler, who was convicted of assault with intent to commit great bodily harm and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony following an April shooting at his home.

Halloween Night Has Most Vandalism of the Year

To get ready for Halloween this year, perhaps put more emphasis on protecting yourself than getting the best mix of candy for trick or treaters. Property crimes increase by around 24 percent on Halloween, according to one study. Of this, 19% is vandalism and malicious mischief, 21% is off-premises theft, and 60% is theft from the home. What can you do to protect yourself from vandalism? Plenty, according to the insurance industry.

Back in March, Florida passed significant gun control legislation just a month after the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. Part of that legislation, the ban on possession of bump stocks, went into effect on October 1.

"You could have purchased a bump stock a week ago, a year ago, or two years ago," Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd told WFLA, "but possession of it after October 1 is a felony." The ban goes into effect despite multiple lawsuits trying to block its enforcement. "They're argument is that ... you're taking away our Second Amendment rights," Sheriff Judd said. "This is not a firearm."

Washington Becomes the Latest State to Abolish the Death Penalty

Washington became the latest state to outlaw the death penalty in the Washington Supreme Court ruling of State v Gregory, in furtherance of Governor Jay Inslee's vow in 2014 to never have another execution while he was in office.

The vote was unanimous, with five justices citing that the "death penalty is invalid because it is imposed in an arbitrary and racially biased manner." They added, "Given the manner in which it is imposed, the death penalty also fails to serve any legitimate penological goals." The eight individuals currently on death row will have their sentences changed to life in prison. Gregory is one of three African-American men currently on Washington's death row.

Underground Drug Trafficker 'OxyMonster' Sentenced to 20 Years

Gone are the days you went down a dark alley and exchanged $10 for a "dime bag" of weed. Drug dealing has gone international, using the dark web and bitcoin, and they are selling much more than marijuana.

Gal Vallerius, a French international drug dealer, was recently sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for his elaborate online drug trafficking scheme. He pleaded guilty in June when arrested upon entering the US en route to Texas for a world beard-growing competition. Turns out he is a professional beard grower as well as an international drug trafficker. Makes you wonder if he's ever smuggled drugs, or an exotic pet, in that beard.

What to Know About Nevada's New DUI Law

In most states, after you receive a DUI but before your court date, you are occasionally allowed to drive for about 30 days after the arrest, pending trial. Sometimes, in extreme cases, such as felony DUI, a temporary license won't be issued. But for the most part, you are innocent until proven guilty. But not in Nevada. Starting October 1, the state changed its DUI laws, requiring an interlock device after arrest.

For those trick-or-treaters in bigger neighborhoods or looking to cover more ground this Halloween, hopping on a bicycle rather than going door-to-door on foot might be a good plan. But is that plan a possibility if your costume includes a mask? Sure there are some general sartorial rules about what not to wear while cycling, but are there local laws against biking behind a mask?

Here's a look into that questions, as well as some other legal pointers regarding Halloween costumes this year.