CRIMINAL DEFENSE

5 Things to Know About Gun Laws in Iowa

Iowa law respects the Second Amendment, but federal and state gun laws recognize limits to that right. Gun owners should get advice from a Cedar Rapids criminal defense lawyer if they are accused of violating an Iowa gun law. Here are five facts about Iowa gun laws that every Iowa

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What Are the Consequences of a White-Collar Crime Conviction in Iowa?

  Iowa judges take white-collar crimes seriously. While judges tend to reserve the harshest sentences for violent criminals and drug dealers, they might also impose a significant punishment for a serious financial crime Maximum Sentences for Iowa White-Collar Crimes A white-collar crime that causes a loss of more than $10,000

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How Will an Iowa OWI Conviction Affect My CDL?

Only drivers who are licensed to operate commercial vehicles may drive those vehicles on Iowa roads. Commercial vehicles include most trucks (including tractor-trailer combinations) that weigh more than 26,000 pounds, busses that can carry 16 or more occupants, and vehicles that carry certain hazardous materials. Every state prohibits driving under

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How Different Prescription Drugs Can Affect Our Driving

Iowa has a zero tolerance policy for driving under the influence of drugs.  Unlike alcohol, where a person can legally drive with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of less than .08, a person operating a motor vehicle under the influence of any drug commits a DUI offense. What about medications

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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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Marijuana DUI in Iowa

It is a crime in Iowa to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or a drug. Iowa lawyers often refer to the offense as OWI or DUI, but however it is abbreviated, the name of the crime can be deceptive. “Operating” has a broader meaning than

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If I Lost My Case at Trial, Do I Have the Right to Appeal?

The legal system is not perfect. In some cases, juries make mistakes. Their mistakes are usually prompted by the mistakes made by prosecutors and judges. Fortunately, whenever a jury returns a guilty verdict, the defendant has a right to appeal. What Is an Appeal? It is important to understand that

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What Are My Options If I Am Arrested for a Drug Crime in Iowa?

Being arrested for a drug crime, including marijuana possession, can be terrifying.  Whether you are innocent, guilty, or accused of a more serious offense than you actually committed, an arrest can be a life-changing experience.  It can affect your future, your job, your career. Individuals who are arrested in Iowa

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What You Need to Know If You Are Caught with Marijuana in Iowa

On a national level, marijuana laws are confusing. Almost a dozen states have legalized the recreational use of marijuana. A majority of states have enacted legislation that allows marijuana to be used as a treatment for certain medical conditions. Some communities have effectively decriminalized marijuana by making it a low

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5 Things to Know About Sentencing for White-Collar Crimes in Iowa

White-collar offenses are financial crimes, often committed in the course of employment or otherwise involving a betrayal of trust. White-collar crimes expose offenders to a risk of incarceration. Here are five things to know about sentencing if you think you might be convicted of white-collar crime. White-Collar Offenders May Be

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Methamphetamine Prosecutions in Iowa

While opioids are in the national headlines, prosecutors in Iowa continue to concentrate their resources on methamphetamine offenses. According to the Des Moines Register, meth arrests in Iowa have increased substantially over the last five years. A Cedar Rapids criminal defense lawyer can help individuals who are charged with methamphetamine

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