The penalties for an Operating While Intoxicated conviction in Iowa are high. Even on a first offense, a conviction will result in a significant fine, driver's license revocation, and a possible jail sentence. The penalties increase with subsequent offenses and high blood alcohol content cases. If the defendant caused an accident resulting in serious injury or death, the penalties will include a significant prison sentence.
The right to an attorney in a criminal case is one of the most fundamental rights in the U.S. Constitution. Most people know that a person facing criminal charges has the right to have an attorney present during a police interrogation. But does a defendant have the right to a lawyer if, while he or she is in jail awaiting trial, police have another prisoner ask the defendant about the alleged crime?
In recent years a number of states have substantially decriminalized marijuana and a few have even legalized it for recreational use. But in Iowa, being charged with possession of even a small amount of marijuana can lead to serious penalties.
Being charged with a crime can severely damage an individual's reputation. This is particularly true of so-called white collar crimes, in which the accused is often a respected and law-abiding member of the community. In addition to the damage to reputation, of course, there is also the threat of stiff fines and even a possible prison sentence. Iowa residents facing white collar crime charges may need an aggressive defense.