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 […]
Which Relatives May a US Citizen Bring to the US?
The State Department issues family-based immigrant visas to citizens of a foreign country who are sponsored by the immediate relative of a US citizen. More distant relatives and relatives of a lawful permanent resident may be eligible for a family preference visa. There are many reasons that US citizens and lawful permanent residents (green card […]
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 ICE Investigators Use a Private Database?
The federal agency charged with enforcing immigration laws, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), has surprised Congress with its willingness to invade the privacy of citizens while searching for people who entered or remained in the country without proper documents. Researchers at Georgetown University discovered that ICE is paying for access to private databases 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 […]