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If you're charged with a crime, chances are it's a violation of a local ordinance or state statute. But every now and then, if a crime is committed on federal land, a criminal enterprise spans multiple states, or you're involved in federal campaign shenanigans, you may be facing federal criminal charges.

Those charges and investigations can vary from state and local prosecutions, so here are five questions (and answers) regarding criminal investigations under federal law.

Jury Recommends Life Sentence for Neo-Nazi Who Drove Into Crowd

A Charlottesville, Virginia jury recommended life plus 419 years in prison, to be served consecutively, for the self-avowed neo-Nazi who ran his car into a crowd of counter-protesters at a white supremacist rally last year, killing one and injuring 35 others. James Alex Fields, Jr. of Maumee, Ohio, was found guilty of murder for the killing of Heather Heyer, as well as aggravated malicious wounding, malicious wounding, and leaving the scene of a fatal crash. Fields can have his sentence decreased, but not increased, when he faces sentencing from Judge Richard Moore on March 29, 2019. Fields must still face related federal hate crime charges; if convicted of those, he could face the death penalty.

Michael Cohen, the man who claims he covered up the president's "dirty deeds," was sentenced to three years in prison this morning for his role in funneling hush money to two Donald Trump mistresses in the run-up to the 2016 election. The former lawyer and "fixer," also received a two-month sentence for lying to Congress regarding Trump's business dealings in Russia, which he will be able to serve concurrently.

This is big news, of course, but the questions naturally turn to: What does Trump think, and how will this affect the presidency?

Burglary Includes Breaking Into a Mobile Home or Tent, Supreme Court Rules

Call it a sign of the times. The United States Supreme Court recently ruled that non-traditional homes can suffice for the "structure" requirement needed for the definition of burglary.

December was declared National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month in 2000. Since then, it has been changed to National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, reflecting a shift in how we view DUIs, DWIs, and the widening influence of legalized narcotics and prescription drugs on our ability to drive responsibly.

So perhaps it's a good time to look at how DUI laws and impaired driving enforcement have been changing recently:

First-Degree Murder Charge for Man Who Drove Into Charlottesville Crowd

A jury found James Alex Fields Jr. guilty of first degree murder, as well as aggravated malicious wounding, hit and run, and leaving the scene of an accident, for driving his car into a sea of counterprotesters in Charlottesville, Virginia in August of 2017. The incident left Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old paralegal and civil rights activist, dead, and around three dozen others injured.

The whole idea of having a "fixer" is that the person keeps you out of trouble and doesn't get caught doing it. It's safe to say that former Donald Trump attorney Michael Cohen was not a great fixer.

Cohen pleaded guilty to eight counts of campaign finance violations, tax fraud, and bank fraud in August, admitting he worked "in coordination with and at the direction of a candidate for federal office" to influence the 2016 presidential election. That influence involved making payments to alleged Trump mistresses to keep them quiet before the election. Cohen pleaded guilty again in November, conceding he lied to the Senate Intelligence Committee regarding a proposed Trump Tower construction in Moscow.

On Friday, federal prosecutors submitted a sentencing memorandum recommending a substantial prison term for the president's former fixer.

Sadly, not all of us see the holidays as a time for cheer. And it would be nice if those Scrooges among us would just say, "Bah, humbug," and move on.

But for some, the holiday spirit means stealing Christmas decorations from someone else's yard. And not just any decorations: an animated jack in the box, drums, mustang, and tricycle from a drive-thru Christmas lights display. So, what's going to happen to these local Grinches?

Prison is no picnic. Despite what you might have seen in movies or TV series, or when you've heard from friends of friends about their cousin's time behind bars, losing your freedom, perhaps your job and future employment possibilities, and contact with your loved ones can have lasting psychological and financial consequences. And, let's face it -- you're probably not going to country club prison.

So rather than get your answers about incarceration from the entertainment industry, here is some info you can rely on concerning the biggest legal issues surrounding jail and prison.

Sextortion scams come in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes the victims are teens, sometimes women. Sometimes the perpetrators are hackers, other times its pedophiles. And then you have a couple hundred South Carolina prison inmates targeting over 400 active military personnel and fleecing them of half a million dollars.

So how did the scam work?