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How We Learn About the Law: Answering Your FAQs

By Steven Tanner on January 29, 2013 9:02 AM

As we have said numerous times before, our job is to serve you. The law can be quite confusing (sometimes by design), so we here at work hard to provide you with truly useful legal information written in plain English. After all, you shouldn’t have to speak “legalese” in order to gain an understanding of your rights and obligations under various state and federal laws.

But we don’t simply tell you what we think you need to know. We listen. In fact, some of the most popular articles in our Learn About the Law section are inspired by questions from the general public. Senior Content Specialist Javier Lavagnino refers to user feedback as’s “on-the-ground connection to the legal needs of our visitors.”

So, in the spirit of open dialogue and collaboration, we responded to some of the most frequently asked questions from our FindLaw Answers forum with several dozen in-depth articles covering a wide range of legal topics. We even used your exact questions as the titles, so you don't have to restate your real-life question in obscure legal terms.

  • Can Passengers Drink Alcohol in a Car? - This question made us rethink our assumptions about drunk driving and open container laws. And, as with most legal questions, the answer depends on a number of variables (including state and local laws).
  • Are Speed Traps Legal? - Of course speed traps are legal, you may think, since you see them all the time and perhaps have been caught in one. But this article delves into the various different meanings of the term and how certain tactics to catch speeders are not allowed in some states.
  • Strip Club Laws and the Regulation of Sexually Oriented Business - No judgment, but we were a little surprised at how often this topic came up! If you plan on opening a strip club, adult video store or some other kind of sexually oriented business, this piece will help get you up to speed on zoning laws and other relevant regulations.
  • Usury Laws and Limits on Credit Card Interest Rates - This was a very popular question, especially at a time when many Americans are tightening the belt and trying to pay down credit balances. This article provides practical information to help you become a more savvy consumer.
  • Can I Be Accused of Stealing Something I Borrowed If I Forget to Return It? - The short answer is, "yes, you can be accused." But the prosecution must be able to prove intent and present evidence that you in fact had no intention of returning a borrowed item, even if you truly are guilty of the crime.

Please keep the great questions coming -- and we will do our part by continuing to answer the most popular ones with useful, in-depth articles.

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