Why Do People Use Meth?

Methamphetamine is a Schedule II controlled substance. That means the Drug Enforcement Administration has classified meth as a drug that has some medical value but a high potential for abuse. Like other drugs in the amphetamine family, methamphetamine is a stimulant that operates on the central nervous system. By causing

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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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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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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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