Embezzlement Charges and Process in Iowa: A Comprehensive Guide
Embezzlement is a serious crime that can result in significant penalties, including fines and imprisonment. In Iowa, embezzlement is considered a type of theft and is defined as the unauthorized use or appropriation of funds or property entrusted to the defendant. This blog post will provide a comprehensive guide to embezzlement charges and the legal […]
Defense Strategies for Embezzlement Charges in Iowa
Embezzlement is the fraudulent taking of property that has been entrusted to the person’s care. A business bookkeeper who secretly transfers funds from a business account to her own account has committed the offense of embezzlement. A warehouse manager who steals goods and deletes them from warehouse records to conceal the theft would also be […]
What Is Meant by a Rising BAC Defense?
Chemical tests of drivers are designed to detect their blood alcohol concentration (BAC). In Iowa, the “legal limit” for most drivers is a BAC of 0.08. Driving with a BAC above 0.08 is sufficient proof of the crime of operating while intoxicated (OWI or DUI) even if the driver is in complete and careful control […]
Can I Choose Which Chemical Test I Take?
When a driver is pulled over on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI), the officer will likely ask the driver to perform field sobriety tests. Officers typically conclude that a driver failed the tests, even if the driver performed them reasonably well. After the field sobriety tests are finished, the officer will usually ask […]
Do I Have the Right to an Attorney When Taking a Field Sobriety Test?
Police officers often administer field sobriety tests when they suspect a driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Those tests are, in theory, designed to help the officer decide whether the driver’s ability to drive safely is impaired. While officers have the authority to order a driver to exit the car, the officer […]
What Do Police Look for When They Search for Intoxicated Drivers on the Road?
Police officers have broad authority to stop suspected drunk drivers, but they can’t do so on a whim. The Constitution prohibits an officer from stopping a driver unless the officer has a reasonable suspicion that the driver is violating the law. In a DUI case, that means the police need to see driving behavior that […]
Why You Shouldn’t Speak to the Police Without First Speaking to Your Attorney
You have the right to remain silent. Everyone who watches crime dramas on television has heard about that right. Unfortunately, people who don’t have frequent encounters with the police rarely understand how important it is to exercise that right. Why You Should Exercise the Right to Remain Silent Constitutional rights are useless if you don’t […]
5 Things to Know About Transferring/Shipping/Possessing Firearms in Iowa
The Second Amendment protects important rights. It nevertheless permits a significant degree of firearms regulation. To avoid an unpleasant encounter with federal or state law enforcement authorities, it is important for gun owners to understand what they can and cannot do when transferring, shipping, carrying, or possessing firearms. Here are five critical facts that every […]
At What Point Should I Obtain a Federal Firearms License (FFL)?
If you live in Iowa and own a firearm, you probably don’t need a license to sell that firearm to another Iowa resident. The law is more complicated if you are in the business of selling firearms. A firearms dealer needs to obtain a Federal Firearms License (FFL) from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, […]
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 during plea negotiations is ultimately […]