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Authorities in Iowa make drug bust, arresting 16

When the authorities suspect that a group of people are involved in illegal activities, investigations and operations could ensue. In order to obtain the necessary probable cause to issue search or arrest warrants, authorities will wait to collect the necessary evidence. However, this step can often be rushed, usually because law enforcement is afraid they will miss their opportunity. Nonetheless, even when a major drug bust is made, if authorities have not followed protocol and took all the legal steps, this could allow those accused to poke holes in their case.

According to recent reports, authorities in Iowa made a major drug bust. The preliminary investigation reveals that the Monona County Sheriff's Office arrested over 12 individuals during a drug bust. In conjunction with agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, local authorities served eight search warrants on eight different suspects.

The grounds for filing for an appeal

When individuals in Iowa are accused of a crime, their first thoughts are likely how can they clear their name? Developing a strong criminal defense is an important and crucial step to take following criminal allegations, but it is also imperative to have a full perspective on the matter. This means considering all angles and what ifs. For example, what will the defendant do if he or she is convicted of the crime? Although it is challenging to think about being convicted of the crimes you were accused of, it is vital to think about what you will do if you are convicted. Filing for an appeal can be a very lucrative and important criminal defense action.

Unlike asserting a criminal defense action, filing for an appeal following an unfavorable ruling at the trial court level can only happen in certain situations. In order to establish grounds for an appeal, a defendant must demonstrate that the trial court made an error; thus, requiring the appellate court to look at the case and issue a decisions.

Helping develop a strong defense against violent crime charges

When it comes to criminal charges, Iowa residents are aware some allegations are more serious than others. The severity of the crime in conjunction with the accused's criminal history could result in a defendant facing harsh penalties if a conviction ensues. Because of that, understanding the circumstances surrounding the alleged crime as well as the rights and options available to defendants could help with the assertion of a strong and effective criminal defense.

Violent crimes are crimes society takes seriously and are likely to be offenses that carry with them severe consequences. Whether a defendant is accused of battery, manslaughter, aggravated assault or murder, the details of the criminal allegation alone could cause the accused to suffer harm to his or her personal and professional reputation. At J. Dean Keegan and Thomas D.S. Farnsworth Attorneys at Law, our knowledgeable legal team is prepared to help criminal defendants in the Iowa City area understand their legal rights and help them assert an aggressive criminal defense.

What defenses are available for a drunk driving charge?

When motorists in Iowa and elsewhere are stopped by law enforcement, this can trigger some anxiety. Drivers are faced with more emotions and concerns if the traffic stop has resulted in charges. If an officer suspects that a motorist is under the influence of alcohol, he or she could be charged with an OWI. While this is considered a traffic offense, it is a charge that could result in significant consequences, especially if a driver has a record of past drunk driving charges. Thus, determining the best course of attack when it comes to initiating a defense is imperative.

What defenses are available for a drunk driving charge? Depending on the situation that led up to the drunk driving allegations, a motorist might have a wide variety of defense options. The first option is to consider whether an affirmative defense exists. This means that a motorist admits that the allegations occur but there is a defense for them. Common affirmative defenses include necessity, duress, entrapment, mistake of fact and involuntary intoxication.

Iowa man allegedly flees from cops and is charged with an OWI

Being pulled over by law enforcement is likely an unpleasant experience. However, when police suspect that a driver is under the influence of alcohol, this could give rise to a traffic stop. An OWI charge could result if an officer collects evidence that supports their suspicion. Whether it is your first drunk driving charge or not, it is important to understand the situation at hand and what defense options are available to you.

According to recent reports, an Iowa man was charged with an OWI after he supposedly fled from authorities attempting to pull him over. Officers in Sioux City apparently suspected that the driver was driving under the influence of alcohol, and sought to conduct a traffic stop. It was just after midnight when authorities attempted to pull the 25-year-old man over.

Using the exclusionary rule in your criminal defense

Seeing the evidence pile up against you is an overwhelming and daunting situation. However, that is exactly what the prosecution wants a defendant to feel. But a defendant is not helpless just because the state has evidence against them, resulting in a criminal charge. There are ways to poke holes in the case, even suppressing some of the evidence to help reduce or dismiss the charges against the accused.

One way to reduce the evidence against you in a criminal case is through the exclusionary rule. This rule provides courts with the ability to exclude incriminating evidence from being introduced at trial if there is proof that the evidence in question was collected in violation of the Constitution. Based on an Iowa City defendant's Fourth Amendment right, this rule allows a defendant to challenge the admissibility of evidence.

What exceptions apply to the rules for search warrants?

Being stopped by authorities is an unfortunate event for Iowa residents, but it is likely only the beginning of their situation. Whether it is a traffic stop or not, officers have the ability to initiate a search if they obtain a search warrant or meet the required exceptions for conducting a search without a warrant. No matter the situation, defendants should take the time to understand if a warrant was properly executed, or if not, what legal exception existed.

What exceptions apply to the rules for search warrants? The Fourth Amendment governs search and seizures, and if it is determined that a search was unreasonable; this could be used in a criminal defense to suppress evidence. However, search warrants are not always needed.

Helping you achieve your criminal defense goals

As a previous post highlighted, not all crimes are created equally. While some individuals might face criminal charges following a traffic stop or a search of their home, others could face criminal charges based on their presumed conduct in the workplace. White-collar crimes can carry serious penalties and have the tendency of destroying the accused's personal and professional reputation. Thus, it is important to take a timely and aggressive approach to protect your rights and defend against these charges.

Being accused of embezzlement, fraud or any other type of white-collar crime can be a shocking and life-altering situation. It might seem as though no one is on your side and you have little options to bolster your innocence. But J. Dean Keegan and Thomas D.S. Farnsworth, Attorneys at Law are here to make a difference in your criminal case. Our law firm is experienced at providing an effective and aggressive criminal defense, and we are dedicated to serving individuals in Iowa City accused of white-collar crimes.

Understanding embezzlement and its elements

White-collar crimes are sometimes looked at as lesser crimes, as they occur in a setting such as a workplace. While these crimes are different from crimes such as drug trafficking and murder, white-collar crimes can result in felony charges that carry with them serious penalties. Thus, like any criminal charge, white-collars crimes should be treated seriously, and defendants should act upon them by asserting a strong defense.

Embezzlement is a crime that frequently occurs in either employment or corporate settings. Accounting embezzlement is a common form of this crime, and involves the manipulation of accounting records as a means to hide the theft of funds. In these matters, the accused offender was given lawful possession of the money or property in question, converting it to their personal property.

What are the defenses for drug possession charges?

Being accused of a crime is a difficult situation for Iowa residents to be in. Accusations alone have the ability to harm a person's reputation, thus, it is important to take the matter seriously. This means understanding the charges they face, the penalties that could result and the defense strategies that are available.

Drug crimes can fall within the category of minor and major criminal offenses. If an individual is accused of possessing a small quantity of certain types of drugs, this could result in minimal penalties. However, if a defendant is accused of possession of large quantities of certain controlled substances, this could result in felony charges that carry harsh penalties.

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