As we discussed in an earlier post, an Iowa law enforcement officer must have a reasonable suspicion of illegal conduct in order to perform an OWI traffic stop. If a court later determines the officer did not have sufficient grounds to pull the driver over, the stop will be deemed an illegal stop and any charges resulting from the stop could be dismissed.
Selfies, which are self-portraits taken with a smart phone or other handheld devices, have become extremely popular in the past few years. Teenagers in particular often send selfies to their friends through Snapchat or similar programs or post them on social media sites. But when a minor sends or posts a sexually explicit selfie, they run the risk of being prosecuted under federal or state child pornography laws. Anyone receiving or possessing such a picture is also at risk.
When a person is charged with theft in Iowa, there are numerous issues that will come to the forefront. There are different levels of charges under the law, and it depends on the degree of theft. Stealing items of a certain value will result in felony theft. Others will result in lesser charges. Understanding the difference between misdemeanor charges and felony charges is key when planning a defense.
In a recent post we discussed how a person who is arrested on drunk driving charges in Iowa can also be charged with child endangerment if there are any kids in the car. A 28-year-old Coralville man was recently arrested in Iowa City, and now faces these very charges.