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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.

Initiating an aggressive defense against a violent crime charge

There are very few criminal charges that are not taken seriously right away. While the situation is likely to be shocking and stir up emotions, criminal defendants are probably aware of the severity of the situation and the predicament they are currently in. Thus, they are likely to consider the criminal defense options available to them. However, this is the part that can be confusing for some defendants, because it may not be clear what steps they must take, how much it could cost and what type of future they are looking at.

Understanding the severity of violent crimes

There are some crimes that are considered to be extremely serious offenses in our society. Thus, when individuals in Iowa and elsewhere are accused of such a crime, they could face personal and professional consequences along with criminal penalties. When defendants are charged with a violent crime, it is important to understand the elements of the charge, the evidence used against the accused and what defense options are available.

What acts are considered to be domestic violence?

Sometimes family members and significant others get into fights. While many of these arguments are simple disputes that can be resolved through communication, others escalate to physical altercations. When situations evolve into domestic assault, this could result in individuals in Iowa and other states being charged with a crime. And, because this type of criminal charge involves a loved one, it has the tendency of having both potential criminal penalties and the consequence of ruined relationships.

The difference between a simple assault and an aggravated assault

Being accused of a violent crime is a serious matter. These criminal charges can range in severity, meaning that the resulting penalties can also vary. Nonetheless, no matter the severity of the assault charge, defendants should understand the details of the crime, the evidence used against them and what defense opportunities might be available. This could help individuals in Iowa get reduced or even dismissed charges.

Iowa City man accused of assault with garden rake

An Iowa City man was arrested recently for an alleged assault with a garden rake. According to police, the victim was doing landscaping work at a CVS Pharmacy on Muscatine Avenue when the defendant approached him, punched him in the head and then hit him with the rake when he was on the ground. The defendant has been charged with the Class D felony of willful injury causing bodily injury.

Man claiming self-defense acquitted of attempted murder in Iowa

As we discussed in a recent post, there are a number of defenses to homicide charges in Iowa. One of the most powerful defenses - if it fits the facts of the case - is self-defense. Recently a man facing attempted murder charges asserted self-defense in Jefferson County Court and was acquitted by the jury.

We will not be outworked by the prosecution in homicide cases

When someone is charged with murder or manslaughter in Iowa, the stakes are about as high as they can get. A conviction can result in decades or even life in prison. Anyone charged with any form of homicide needs to put forward the most skilled and aggressive defense they can.

Defense argues Cedar Rapids murder case belongs in juvenile court

One of the toughest questions an Iowa judge can face is whether a juvenile charged with a violent crime should be tried as an adult. The issue arose recently in the case of a 16-year old Cedar Rapids youth who is facing first-degree murder charges.

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