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Some facts about the crime of embezzlement

It is common in both national new reports and local news reports in Iowa to hear of people accused of the crime of "embezzlement." Usually it involves a person taking money that they are not entitled to take. But, how does embezzlement differ from theft? Our readers should know some specifics about the crime of embezzlement.

Accusations of embezzlement are usually made in an employment, corporate or non-profit setting. This is because embezzlement is defined as the theft of assets by a person in a position of responsibility or trust over the assets. The assets in question could be money, property or both. Embezzlement is usually classified as a white collar crime.

The right approach to a criminal defense strategy

People in Iowa City may believe that criminal defense is the kind of thing that only other people need to worry about. If a person is honest and stays out of trouble, they don't have to worry about such things, right? The truth is, many people find themselves caught up in the criminal justice system unexpectedly. When this happens, it can be very important to have a strong criminal defense strategy.

Not long ago, a previous post here discussed searches and seizures and the rules law enforcement officials must follow in conducting them. If law enforcement officials do not follow the rules and then try to introduce evidence gained from the search and seizure, it may be possible to have the court rule that the evidence is inadmissible. This can happen if the police don't have a proper warrant or if they exceed the scope of the warrant, for example.

What is the crime of involuntary manslaughter in Iowa?

First-degree murder is the most notorious homicide offense on the books in Iowa, but it is not the only homicide offense. A previous post here discussed another homicide offense, that of second-degree murder. There is yet another homicide offense as well: involuntary manslaughter.

Interestingly enough, there are two different kinds of involuntary manslaughter offenses in Iowa. Conviction of one kind of manslaughter will result in a felony-level sentence. Conviction of the other kind of manslaughter will result in a sentence at the aggravated misdemeanor level. More specifically, conviction of felony manslaughter results in a sentence of up to five years in prison and a fine between $750 and $7,500. Conviction of aggravated misdemeanor manslaughter, on the other hand, results in a sentence of up to two years in prison and a fine between $625 and $6,250.

Iowa woman faces OWI and 5 counts of child endangerment

It is not uncommon for adults in Iowa and elsewhere to consume alcohol. It is also common for parents across the nation to travel with their children in their vehicle. While both of these tasks are common, this does not mean they go together. In fact, an adult under the influence of alcohol operating a motor vehicle could face serious charges. Even more so, if the accused is operating a vehicle under the influence with minor children in the vehicle, this could increase the severity of the criminal consequences if the motorist is convicted of drunk driving.

According to recent reports, authorities in Osage pulled over a 35-year-old woman in August. Police had purportedly received reports that a vehicle was weaving in and out of lanes on Iowa Highway 9. Law enforcement responded to the call and pulled the driver over. According to preliminary reports, the driver's children were in the vehicle.

Criminal penalties for an OWI in Iowa

When motorists in Iowa and elsewhere are about to get pulled over by law enforcement, it can be a nerve-wrecking situation. No one wants to be told they did something wrong, and they of course do not want to deal with the fines attached with a traffic violation. Nonetheless, motorists across the nation get pulled over for a wide variety of reasons. And for some motorists, they are being accused of something much bigger than speeding.

Being accused of drunk driving is a serious situation. It is a matter that could carry with it harsh penalties, especially if certain factors are considered aggravating. This could include circumstances such as it not being the driver's first OWI, the driver was involved in an accident, he or she was over twice the legal limit or a child was in the vehicle at the time.

What are the penalties for felony drug charges in Iowa?

Being accused of a crime is never any easy predicament to be in. This is especially true when the accused is facing a felony charge. With regards to drug crimes, the penalties associated with a drug charge could be severe, as a felony charge likely involves large quantitates of an illegal substance or an act that is severe itself.

What are the penalties for felony drug charges in Iowa? In order to face a class B felony for drug possession in the state of Iowa, which results in a penalty of not more than 50 years in prison and a fine not greater than $1,00,000, one must possess a certain amount of each drug type. This includes more than 10 grams of LSD, more than 50 grams of crack cocaine, more than 500 grams of cocaine, greater than 100 grams of PCP pure, more than 1 kilogram of PCP mixed, more than 1 kilogram of heroin, greater than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana and more than 5 kilo grams of methamphetamine amphetamine.

Helping you assert a defense against drug charges

There are certain Iowa criminal charges that can cause the accused to suffer serious consequences even when the matter seems minor. For example, the possession of a controlled substance could warrant harsh penalties depending on the type, quantity and criminal history of the accused. In other words, a minor possession charge could carry with it a significant criminal penalty if the defendant has several drug convictions on their record. Thus, it is always important to treat every drug charge seriously, even if it appears to be minor.

At J. Dean Keegan, Eric D. Tindal, & Andrea Mason, Attorneys at Law, our experienced attorneys understand the ins and outs of drug charges. We know that these charges can typically stem from traffic stops and other situations that can lead to the search of a person, vehicle or residence. Therefore, we are always prepared to look at the details of this search, noting whether it was legal executed or not.

Proving self-defense

Iowans get in uncomfortable situations from time to time. But, not everyone finds him or herself in situations that threaten their safety and wellbeing. When an individual believes that his or her safety is compromised, he or she may take steps to ensure their safety. This might mean defending themselves through physical conduct. These matters are not always clear as self-defense is not always available in every situation a person feels threatened. Even if an individual believes they properly executed self-defense, this could still result in criminal charges.

Self-defense is an accepted principle that essentially explains when a person can protect themselves from harm under the appropriate circumstances. This means that a person could be excused from behavior that would usually be deemed criminal if it was executed to protect him or herself from imminent physical harm. Though, one must prove that self-defense was, in fact, appropriate under the circumstances.

What is second-degree murder?

There are few more serious crimes than murder; therefore, being accused of this crime is a serious one. And a serious criminal allegation should be treated as such because the penalties that could behold the accused could impact them for years to come. Take for example second-degree murder. While it may not be the most severe murder charge, the criminal consequences attached to this crime could impact the accused for a lifetime.

What is second-degree murder? Unlike first-degree murder, second-degree murder is not premeditated. It is an intentional killing that is not planned or committed in a reasonable "heat of passion." It is also the killing by a dangerous conduct that is obviously lacking the concern for human life. In some cases, second-degree murder is in between first-degree murder and voluntary manslaughter charges.

Man charged with felony theft

Being arrested is a serious situation, not matter the allegations. Whether it is a person's first criminal charge or not, this is a serious situation that should be treated as such. The emotions and concerns surrounding the matter can be overwhelming, causing some to not take immediate or proactive measures; however, no matter the charges or the evidence used against the accused, it is possible to initiate a criminal defense action.

According to recent reports, a man from Mason City was charged with felony theft. Preliminary reports indicate that the 22-year-old male was accused of possessing stolen property prior to transferring that property to a friend. Authorities reported that this friend then attempted to pawn the property.

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