Residents in Iowa might be interested in taking a look at the statistics when it comes to the past, present and future of drug crimes and incarceration rate in the United States. Over the last several decades the U.S. has spent an unconscionable amount of money and resources on the "war" on illegal drugs and controlled substances, but there may not be much to show for it.
People in Iowa, especially younger people and college students, may have heard a lot about the state of drug use across the United States and wonder what it means for them. While many states and cities around the country have moved towards the decriminalization of drug possession, especially marijuana, Iowa law is as strict as ever when it comes to penalizing drug offenses.
Ames is one of the nation's great college towns, with an active and exuberant population of students and a rabid fan base of football and basketball fans. Iowa State fans may have heard about the recent criminal charges brought against star basketball player Bryce Dejean-Jones, but may be interested to learn that these possibly serious charges have now been dropped.
It may sound hard to believe, but under Iowa law there are times when an adult can be held accountable for the actions of other adults over whom they have no control. Generally, under most acceptable theories of criminal punishment, a person should not be punished for people or things over which they have no control, but Iowa statute 124.407 begs to differ.
Residents in Iowa know that it's a crime to possess illegal drugs, but they may not be aware that simply by being in the wrong place at the wrong time, the crime of drug possession becomes that much worse in the eyes of the law.
Iowa residents who have been arrested for a drug offense know that this can be an incredibly stressful ordeal. Illegal substances, even those such as marijuana, which are legal in other states, carry serious penalties. Even prescription drugs, which can be legally possessed and taken with a valid prescription, become illegal contraband in the hands of a person who acquires them without a prescription.
Criminal drug charges in Iowa, as in other states, range in severity depending on the amount and kind of the drug in question. Whether you are accused of possession of drug paraphernalia or a more serious crime such as drug conspiracy, you should speak with a criminal defense attorney before you disclose any information to authorities.