DUI and Employment Background Checks

Why do employers run background checks? Background checks have become a regular part of the hiring process for all industries. They provide a relatively reliable way for employers to screen employees. Information discovered in a background check could reveal dishonesty on an application or resume, violent or dishonest behaviour, and

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DUI Expungement 

DUI Charges Drinking and driving, apart from being dangerous, carries charges ranging from misdemeanors to felonies.  Punishments can include time in jail, fines, restitution, interlock device requirements, restriction or loss of license, mandatory substance abuse classes, community service or a combination of penalties. Specifically, the first offense is considered a

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Accused of Identity Theft: What you need to know

Identity theft affects millions of Americans each year.  In fact, it is one of the fastest growing crimes in the country.  Victims of identity theft may never recover from the damage caused thus resulting in heavy fines and lengthy sentencing.  What is identity theft? Identity theft occurs when an individual

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5 Things To Know About Open Container Laws In Iowa

1)    No open containers in public places You cannot drink alcohol in public streets, highways, or sidewalks. Open container laws in Iowa prohibit a person from consuming alcohol in most public places except a business that is covered by a liquor license such as a restaurant or bar. You can consume

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Types of fraud and theft charges in Iowa explained 

What is fraud? Fraud most often occurs where someone makes a misrepresentation, knowing that it is false or does not actually exist.  Many people have heard of credit card fraud and telephone fraud. While those are among the more common instances, there are seemingly endless practices that can constitute fraud.

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What Employers Need To Know About I-9 Compliance 

Regulation of I-9 form requirements fall within the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA). Even though IRCA sounds like immigration law, it actually prohibits employers from hiring any individual, including US citizens, for US employment without using Form I-9.  That is, every employer who recruits, refers for a fee,

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The Two Hour Rule For Testing DUI/OWI

Drinking and driving can carry serious consequences. The interaction between officer and arrestee leading up to an operating while intoxicated (OWI) charge is complex and can be confusing. See either of my two previous posts, “Stopped by Police, Suspected Drunk Driving?” or “Drunk Driving Laws in Iowa Explained” for a

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Drunk Driver Smashes into Residential Home in Iowa

An alleged drunk driver faces criminal charges for DUI after careening off the road and smashing into a residential home in Iowa, according to an article by KWQC. This accident occurred at approximately 11:30 p.m. on November 10, 2017, in Scott County.  The driver was attempting to execute a turn.

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Examining U.S. Immigration Statistics

Every three months, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) releases a report with up-to-date statistics on U.S. immigration.  Prepared by the DHS’ Office of Immigration Statistics (OIS), this report provides recent figures on lawful permanent residents, refugee arrivals, and naturalizations, among others. Lawful Permanent Residents In their report, the OIS

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How Many People are Wrongfully Convicted in the United States?

It’s a very difficult question to answer, for many reasons.  To help answer this question, we can begin by reviewing a reliable resource with data on convictions and exonerations for criminal offenses.  One such entity is the National Registry of Exonerations (NRE), a joint project between several law schools. What

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What is the Shifting Landscape of DACA Immigration?

An immigration program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) has been featured prominently in the news of late.  Today we will explore the presently shifting landscape for the DACA program. What is DACA? Created on June 15, 2012, the U.S. Government rolled out the DACA program to protect the

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Are Lawyer Results Guaranteed?

Diligence, resourcefulness, and determination are all part of a lawyer’s arsenal. Skillful criminal defense lawyers outwork and outthink prosecutors. That gives them an advantage in court and in negotiations. That advantage often translates into a satisfying result. Yet no lawyer can guarantee a result. Whether to offer a favorable outcome

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What Should I Expect from a Good Criminal Defense Attorney?

Anyone who has been accused of a crime needs a strong advocate. A defense attorney is someone the accused can trust and rely upon. Here are five things that a criminal defendant should expect from a good defense attorney. Personal Attention Client surveys show that the failure to return phone

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5 Things to Know About Bail in Iowa

Suspects who are arrested for a crime would prefer not to be confined in jail until their case is resolved. Fortunately, most suspects are released pending trial. While suspects refer to their release as being “bailed out of jail,” the concept of bail is often misunderstood. Here are five things

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