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Filing a motion for a judgment of acquittal

When you are facing a criminal charge, the top priority on your list is figuring out how to clear your name. This means taking the time to understand what defense options are available to you. While it is ideal to have the charges dismissed and not have to go to trial, this may not be an option for all defendants. Thus, exploring ways to reduce the charges or even obtain an acquittal is imperative.

Helping you strategize a criminal defense

Facing criminal allegations is anything but easy. No matter if this is your first run in with the law or not, criminal charges, no matter their severity, can significantly impact the life of the accused. Because of this, it is imperative to understand what criminal defense options are available and how asserting a defense could help a defendant protect his or her personal or professional life.

What jail alternative programs are available to Iowa defendants?

Being accused of a crime is anything but easy to deal with. Whether it is considered a minor or major offense, it is likely to alter the life of the accused. Because of that, defendants facing criminal charges are better off taking the time to understand their defense options and the strategies they could implement so they stay out of jail.

The grounds for filing for an appeal

When individuals in Iowa are accused of a crime, their first thoughts are likely how can they clear their name? Developing a strong criminal defense is an important and crucial step to take following criminal allegations, but it is also imperative to have a full perspective on the matter. This means considering all angles and what ifs. For example, what will the defendant do if he or she is convicted of the crime? Although it is challenging to think about being convicted of the crimes you were accused of, it is vital to think about what you will do if you are convicted. Filing for an appeal can be a very lucrative and important criminal defense action.

Using the exclusionary rule in your criminal defense

Seeing the evidence pile up against you is an overwhelming and daunting situation. However, that is exactly what the prosecution wants a defendant to feel. But a defendant is not helpless just because the state has evidence against them, resulting in a criminal charge. There are ways to poke holes in the case, even suppressing some of the evidence to help reduce or dismiss the charges against the accused.

What exceptions apply to the rules for search warrants?

Being stopped by authorities is an unfortunate event for Iowa residents, but it is likely only the beginning of their situation. Whether it is a traffic stop or not, officers have the ability to initiate a search if they obtain a search warrant or meet the required exceptions for conducting a search without a warrant. No matter the situation, defendants should take the time to understand if a warrant was properly executed, or if not, what legal exception existed.

Helping you achieve your criminal defense goals

As a previous post highlighted, not all crimes are created equally. While some individuals might face criminal charges following a traffic stop or a search of their home, others could face criminal charges based on their presumed conduct in the workplace. White-collar crimes can carry serious penalties and have the tendency of destroying the accused's personal and professional reputation. Thus, it is important to take a timely and aggressive approach to protect your rights and defend against these charges.

Understanding embezzlement and its elements

White-collar crimes are sometimes looked at as lesser crimes, as they occur in a setting such as a workplace. While these crimes are different from crimes such as drug trafficking and murder, white-collar crimes can result in felony charges that carry with them serious penalties. Thus, like any criminal charge, white-collars crimes should be treated seriously, and defendants should act upon them by asserting a strong defense.

What is "mens rea" in a criminal defense?

In order to be convicted of a crime you are suspected of committing, specific elements related to that crime must be proven. This can be confusing for some defendants in Iowa, however, understanding this can help tremendously with a criminal defense. The prosecution will not only look at the actions completed or initiated by a defendant, but also evidence that could help depict what was going on in the suspected offender's mind at the time of the crime.

Iowa man faces charges after allegedly breaking into apartment

Even when an act appears to be simple or innocent, individuals could face serious criminal charges. This is especially true when a person has past convictions of the same crime. This could elevate the potential penalties, causing it to even become a felony offense. Therefore, it is important to be fully aware of these situations and what defense options are available.

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