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Manhattan DA Passes on Minor Marijuana Charges

With all the changes happening at the state and local levels regarding weed, it's hard to know exactly what's legal and what's not. Can you smoke at home without a medical marijuana card? Can you grow your own weed? Can you have it on you in public? The answers to these questions depend on where you live, but if you're an herbal aficionado and you live in Manhattan, you don't have to worry as much about being charged for minor marijuana offenses anymore.

Cops Kill Mother of Two, Charge Teen for Her Murder

A young mother could not have known that by helping the police arrest a teen, she would end up dead. But unfortunately, due to the combined actions of both the Missouri teen and the officers, two young children will be attending the funeral of their 21-year-old mother. And the teen has been charged in her killing.

Unsafe Lane Change Ticket: When Can You Fight It?

Most of us are familiar with that sinking feeling you experience when the glow of police lights appears in your rear-view mirror. "I hope they're after someone in front of me," you mutter unselfishly. But nope, they're after you.

Maybe you know exactly why you're being pulled over (oh, is this not an 80-mph zone?), or maybe you're sure this is a case of mistaken identity. Either way, after the officer explains that he watched you make an unsafe lane change, you're eventually going to wonder, "Can I fight it?" The answer is yes, although your odds of success will depend on the circumstances and your preparation.

Common Juvenile Crimes During Summer

There is no shortage of material -- both serious and comedic -- regarding that strange species known as "the teenager." Even though we all spent time on that rollercoaster of emotions, most of us are regularly baffled by the ups, downs, and insanity of teenage behavior once we're adults. It's no secret that the juvenile brain is still developing some key functions, and that becomes abundantly clear for those who are regularly exposed to teenage crime. As summer approaches and temperatures rise, many localities ramp up their efforts to deal with an uptick in crime, including these common juvenile offenses.

Driving the Wrong Way on a One-Way Road: Legal Consequences

There's an old joke about senior citizens and driving. Jim is travelling home on the freeway when his wife calls and says she heard on the radio that there's a car driving the wrong way on Route 80. "It's not just one car! It's hundreds of them!" he exclaims.

But the truth is, accidentally driving down a one-way road can happen to even the most vigilant of drivers, especially if you don't live or work in a city with one-way roads. You turn down a quiet street only to realize your mistake when you see nothing but headlights blocking your path. It can be a simple, correctable mistake, or it can have devastating effects. So, what are the legal consequences for driving the wrong way down a one-way road?

What to Do If Your Child Commits a Crime

Every parent who has spent more than nine minutes with their child has had to correct their behavior, whether to protect that child or others. And that never really changes. But what if their bad actions cross over into illegal behavior? How do you reconcile the desire to protect them with not wanting to condone a crime? Below are some ideas to keep in mind as you grapple with what to do if your child commits a crime.

Can Cops Get My DNA From a Genealogy Website?

Californians are celebrating the arrest of suspected serial killer and rapist, Joseph James DeAngelo. DeAngelo is alleged to have killed 12 people and raped more than 50 women in the 1970s and 1980s throughout the state, terrorizing California communities.

But what makes this cold case even more intriguing is the fact that it was solved using DNA and a genealogy website. And while that tactic may have furthered the cause of justice in this case, it leaves many people wondering if the cops can access their DNA from these types of genealogy websites.

It's no secret tensions are high between law enforcement and those who believe the cops use questionable tactics to police their neighborhoods. Many take issue with law enforcement's use of force or the high rate of arrests among minority populations. Now, based on statistics for the first three months of 2018, many are claiming that the NYPD's marijuana arrests disproportionately target black and Latino residents.

Can Police Unlock Phone With Dead Man's Finger?

With advances in technology come new legal and ethical dilemmas. Animal cloning, space colonization, and DIY gene therapies come to mind. But there are also plenty of legal questions surrounding the use of your basic smartphone. For example, in a new twist, police officers in Florida attempted to unlock a cell phone using the dead man's finger. Did they need a warrant? Was it totally inappropriate? What kinds of rights does a dead person have?

Don't do crime. That's our official stance. But if you're going to disregard our advice and do crime, don't do crime on your smartphone. And if you're going to do crime on your smartphone, maybe don't use it to take pictures of your hands holding drugs and send them to customers.

That's how three dealers in Wales got nabbed, when police found photos on the phone of another suspect clearly showing a man's hand, with enough detail to lift his fingerprints, holding ecstasy tablets. It's not the first time police have used fingerprints lifted from cell phone photos to identify a criminal suspect, but it is another reminder of the power of smartphone evidence in criminal investigations.