Iowa state laws can make it difficult for people with a criminal conviction to have their criminal records expunged, but in certain circumstances a person can compel the Department of Public Safety to remove a conviction record or at the very least restrict the public's ability to obtain this information.
People in Iowa who have been accused of committing a criminal act rightfully have concerns about how these charges may affect their criminal record. Having a criminal record lead to several negative consequences, including jeopardizing a person's ability to get a job or gain admission to a college or university. In addition, criminal records are public information, so anyone with an agenda against a person could access and transmit this information freely. In short, having criminal record in Iowa is never a good thing, but there are steps a person can take to protect themselves.
People in Iowa may have heard about the allegations brought against Iowa State University standout basketball player Yempabou Palo, who was accused of inappropriate sexual conduct with another student back in May of 2012. The University, which is represented by the Iowa Attorney General, claims that Palo had non-consensual sex with a student, which is a violation of the University's code of student conduct. He was suspended from the basketball team, but he has since graduated from ISU, so the sanctions are more about clearing Palo's name than punishment at this point.
People in Iowa know that, unfortunately, drunk driving happens. Whether it's because a person doesn't realize how much they've had to drink, they don't feel like waiting and paying for a cab, or if they flat-out choose to risk not getting caught even though they know they've had too much to drink, drunk driving happens. Of course, none of these reasons are an excuse to drive drunk, just ask anyone who has ever been charged with OWI.