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What are the elements of involuntary manslaughter?

There are few crimes that are worse than murder; thus, facing an accusation of such a crime can significantly impact the life of the accused. Whether it stemmed from an automobile accident or any other type of incident, the unintentional death of a person could cause an individual to face criminal penalties if it is proven that the accused was negligent or reckless.

What are the elements of involuntary manslaughter? To begin, involuntary manslaughter is defined as an unintentional killing that stems from reckless acts, criminal negligence or from an unlawful act that is considered a misdemeanor or lower level felony. The basis of this crime when compared to voluntary manslaughter is that the victim's death was unintentional.

Man faced with criminal charges following domestic dispute

What might seem like a normal fight between a couple could easily escalate into a serious ordeal. The disagreement could easily get out of hand, causing one or both individuals to take things too far. Although couples may fight from time to time, there are some events that should not occur in a dispute. When violence or threats of violence take place, one could face criminal charges stemming from a domestic assault.

According to a recent report, law enforcement officers in Iowa arrested a man for intimidation with a weapon and aggravated domestic abuse. Court documents revealed that the incident happened in Sioux City during the late night hours. Supposedly, the 37-year-old man pointed a gun at his girlfriend's head. He allegedly pulled the trigger three times; however, the gun did not fire.

Ketamine and drug charges

Drugs available to the general public have specific uses. When used in the manner they were intended, drugs can work effectively and are legally used. However, when drugs, prescription or not, are used in ways they were not designed, this could pose some legal issues. This is especially true for drugs that cause dependency and are thus sold for this purpose. Therefore, when a person is accused of possessing or selling such substances, he or she could face criminal penalties.

Take for example ketamine. This is an anesthetic drug used on humans and animals and can be found in both powdered and liquid form. Because of these effects, ketamine was placed on the U.S.'s list of controlled substances in 1999. It is listed under the schedule III category under the Controlled Substance Act. Those listed in this category are deemed substances that have less potential for abuse but can lead to dependency, which in turn results in unlawful possession and sales.

Three in Iowa City face felony theft charges

Facing criminal charges is no joke. Even when the charges appear to be minor, defendants are likely anxious and overwhelmed by the matter. Thus, when individuals face felony charges, this is a serious situation that can significantly impact the accused individual's life from the very moment he or she is arrested and charged. Allegations alone can tarnish a person's reputation. Even when it seems like the evidence is overwhelming and there is little space to navigate this matter, defendants are afforded the ability to defend him or herself, allowing them to possibly clear their name and avoid potentially damaging penalties.

According to recent reports, three individuals were arrested in Iowa City for felony theft charges. Based on police investigation, three suspects in their 20s, two males and one female, used Facebook as a platform to help them barter the return of a laptop in exchange for money.

How can you reverse a conviction?

Facing a criminal charge is a tough predicament to be in. A defendant might look at the situation as being helpless. He or she sees the evidence against them, believing that they do not have a chance to fight the pending charges. Even if it looks like conviction is likely, defendants have the ability to assert a defense, no matter the situation. And if an unfavorable result occurs, it is still possible to take defensive action.

How can you reverse a conviction? A defendant is able to appeal the trial court's decision. This typically means that the appeals judge will look at the trial court finding. The findings of fact will be considered versus matters of law. In other words, the goal of appealing a decision is to have the appellate court determine if the trial court erred in such a way that it contributed to the outcome of the case. If such a situation did occur, the court can overturn a guilty verdict.

Helping you assert a defense following drug allegations

No one expects to be subject to a search. This is especially true for those in a traffic stop. Most motorists keep many items in their vehicles and, as passengers come in and out of the vehicle, it is likely that objects not belonging to the owner of the vehicle get left inside the automobile. Thus, when a search of the vehicle occurs, it is possible to have items not belonging to them located in the vehicle. When a vehicle search results in the uncovering of drugs, it is possible to use various defense options to reduce or dismiss these charges against the accused.

Whether you are accused of drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, intent to deliver drugs or drug trafficking, the lawyers at J. Dean Keegan, Thomas D.D. Fransworth & Eric D. Tindal, Attorneys at Law, understand that individuals are in a difficult predicament. Drug charges can stem from a wide variety of situations, and our law firm is dedicated to helping individuals in the Iowa City area navigate these accusations.

Implied consent and DUI cases

We don't always read the small print. Whether it is terms for an online purchase, a booklet contained with a new purchase or a contract one has entered into, it is easy to overlook the multitude of information included in these matters. In some cases, individuals may not be fully aware of what they just agreed to by making a purchase or carrying out any other action. Take for example a driver's license. A motorist is complying with certain terms when obtaining a license.

Some residents in Iowa and elsewhere may not be aware of implied consent laws and how they tie in with their driver's license. Implied consent means that when an individual applies for a driver's license, he or she gives consent to field sobriety tests and chemical tests used to determine impairment.

Developing a defense strategy for a DUI charge

Being stopped by law enforcement is a challenging situation to be in. Whether it is your first time or not, it is an uncomfortable situation that could result in a motorist facing charges. While a traffic violation is often viewed at as a negative and horrible matter, it could be worse if a driver is accused of driving under the influence of alcohol. A DUI charge could carry with it serious penalties. Therefore, considering defense options is very beneficial as it could help reduce or even dismiss these consequences.

The defense process can be intimidating. A defendant sees all this evidence against them, and they feel like they have little wiggle room. However, it is possible to reduce this evidence by carefully looking at how they were collected and used against the defendant.

Iowa City man faces felony theft charges

Criminal charges could occur in a wide variety of situations. Allegations could stem from a person's personal or professional life. However, criminal accusations could harm all areas of the accused individual's life. When an individual is suspected of theft, specifically stealing large amounts of money, a defendant could face serious penalties. Some crimes are not taken lightly, making it vital that defendants explore their options and the possibility to reduce or avoid criminal penalties.

According to recent reports, an Iowa City man is facing felony charges. Preliminary police reports claim that the 25-year-old man served as the treasurer for a fraternity at the University of Iowa. Supposedly, the man stole more than $20,000 from the student organization.

Understanding attempted crimes

With regards to criminal law, intent is often looked at when considering whether the accused is guilty of a crime. But what if a crime was not completed? Does this mean no criminal charges can follow? With regards to attempted crimes, this likely occurs when an individual fails to complete the crime. However, in order for an attempted crime to occur, the accused must have had the intent to commit the supposed crime.

A criminal charge related to a person's attempt to commit a crime is based on a person's specific intent. This means that the accused must have the intent to commit a crime and has taken direct action toward the completion of the crime. Additionally, attempted crimes are typically incomplete. This means that the prosecution must prove that the accused had the intent to complete or commit the crime.

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