Q: Can you explain exactly what the difference is between a warrant and a subpoena? It seems very confusing.

A: I sure can! A warrant is an order signed by a judge authorizing the police to either arrest a person, or to enter or search a residence, building, vehicle or a person.

A subpoena is an order, or writ, signed by a judge compelling the voluntary attendance of someone in court to give testimony at a trial or hearing. Disobeying a subpoena may be punishable as a contempt of court where you can be jailed. Of course, a “writ” is an official order. Clear as a bell?

Q: You seem to be pretty good at settling arguments so here goes another.......” Who is right?” Is it legal or not legal to drink non-alcoholic beer in a car?

A: Illegal. Even though non-alcoholic beer brands call themselves “non-alcoholic beer,” they are not truly non-alcoholic. Believe it or not, non-beer begins its life as beer beer, before the alcohol content is stripped by heating it. So, these beers do have a small amount of alcohol in them which is one half to one percent by volume. These products fall under the “Open Alcoholic Container Law.” You’re welcome!

Q: Summer has just started and I am already having troubles. I am a single parent and I am having a tough time with my 13-year-old son not listening and following my rules. Is there anything I can do?

A: Yes, there is, and pay attention kids!

Indiana code 31-37-2-4 is titled “Lawful Commands of Parents or Guardians.” This law states that a child under 18 commits a delinquent act if the child habitually disobeys the reasonable and lawful command of the child’s parent, guardian, or custodian, and is subject to arrest. Juvenile Probation then works with the family.

Q: I have gotten a bunch of misinformation on alcohol at a wedding. We are having a small wedding reception at a pavilion in the park this summer and we wanted to have family members serve just beer and wine. Is this legal, or can we get into trouble?

A: I get this question asked all the time. If you wish to dispense liquor at your event, you must hire a licensed alcoholic beverage caterer. Many bars, restaurants and reception halls that hold permits also hold catering permits. The individuals serving the alcohol must have a bartender’s license to disperse alcohol of any kind. If you are unable to locate a licensed caterer, you may contact the Indiana Excise police who have a list of licensed alcoholic beverage caterers.

The winner of last column’s $30 gas card sponsored by Washington Park Zoo was Jeff Adams of Michigan City. Let’s answer which animal, the ant, worm or beetle, won the big race at the zoo? Well of course, the worm!

The sponsor for this week’s riddle is our friends at Paris House of Bridal at 728 Franklin Street in Michigan City! Thanks for all your help with the Kiddie Parade! This week’s winner receives a $30 gas card!

I start with the letter e,

I end with the letter e.

I usually contain only one letter,

Yet I am not the letter e!

What am I?

Clue: EYE is not correct!

The 6th correct answer by phone or email at exactly 1 p.m. today wins.

To answer a question or ask one, contact Sgt. Chris Yagelski at 873-1461, Ext. #1020, or e-mail ASKACOP@emichigancity.com.

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