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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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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Drunk Driving Laws in Iowa Explained

It can happen to anyone.  You have a few too many drinks at dinner or a party.  Then you see flashing lights in your rearview mirror on the drive home.  If the police officer suspects intoxication, you may be charged with a DUI and face severe penalties. Given the grave

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What is Mandatory Minimum Sentencing?

According to the United States Sentencing Commission, nearly 60% of federal offenders were convicted of a crime that carries a minimum mandatory sentence. This means that the individuals were convicted of a crime for which the law mandates the offender serve a certain sentence. These minimums are strictly enforced on

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Stopped by Police, Suspected Drunk Driving?

It can happen to anyone:  You have had one too many drinks and you get behind the wheel and head home.  Before you know it, blue and white lights are flashing in your rearview mirror and you know what is about to happen.  This can be an extremely nerve-wracking experience,

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What is the Difference Between State and Federal Crime?

Americans are used to hearing the words ‘state crime’ and ‘federal crime’ thrown around on the news.  Many do not bat an eye at the differing terms, only passing the terminology off as legal banter, however, it is extremely important to understand the difference between state and federal crime.  State

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What You Need to Know About Your Miranda Rights

Almost everyone is familiar with the idea of Miranda Rights from their favorite television show or their high school civics class.  Americans are generally familiar with the fact that all citizens are entitled to “be read their rights.”  It is common for people to assume that if they have been

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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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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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