Drug charges can have a significant present and future impact on the lives of individuals accused of drug crimes which is why accused individuals are afforded a number of important protections through the legal process. Two Iowa City men were recently arrested on drug charges. The men are facing drug possession charges and drug stamp violations and are accused of selling drugs out of their apartment. One of the men allegedly tried to flush drugs down the toilet as police officers entered the apartment and has been charged with obstruction.
In criminal trials in Iowa, the prosecution has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. It is the criminal defense lawyer's job to demonstrate that the prosecution cannot meet this burden. One way this can be done is by challenging the chain of custody of a key item of evidence.
Drug use is at the center of the accusations facing a Cedar Rapids man who was recently arrested in an Iowa City suburb. The Johnson County Sheriff's Office alleges that a Chevy Trailblazer was stolen in Cedar Rapids. Shortly before 1 a.m., a deputy saw the vehicle parked at the Coral Ridge Mall. Officers say they found the 27-year-old defendant asleep inside.
When a person is charged with domestic violence in Iowa, the long-term consequences can be serious. A conviction can result in severe criminal penalties and a criminal record, which will make it much harder to get a job and even an apartment in the future.