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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.

Helping you initiate a defense against felony charges

Facing criminal charges can be a life-altering situation. The penalties associated with a crime could be extensive, possibly impacting a person for a lifetime. Therefore, it is imperative that defendants not only understand the severity of the matter but also the opportunities they might have to defend themselves against the charges.

When devising a defense strategy against felony charges, criminal defendants in Iowa and elsewhere should be aware of their options when it comes to challenging evidence against them and initiating a defense that could help reduce or dismiss the charges against them.

Understanding human trafficking laws

When individuals think of criminal charges, they likely think of DUIs, drug charges and violent crimes such as assault and battery. There are some crimes that are not often discussed, however, this does not mean that these crimes do not affect individuals as victims and accused offenders. Take human trafficking for example. Residents in Iowa and elsewhere might view this as a crime of the past, but this crime still impacts individuals across the nation, resulting in serious criminal charges against defendants.

While slavery and involuntary servitude were eliminated with the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment, individuals are still being forced into service or labor and held against their will. Modern human trafficking impacts vulnerable populations, including minors and undocumented immigrants, the most and usually involves sex trade.

Iowa man charged with felony criminal mischief

When we get angry or in a fight, we are likely to get emotional. While many are able to cool down on their own, some may not know how to deal with this influx of emotions. This is when some decide to take out their aggression on other things. Breaking things might help one deal with his or her anger in that moment. However, it could result in serious consequences shortly after. Depending on the details of the situation, individuals could face criminal charges following such behaviors.

This is what recently happened to an Iowa man. According to reports, the 21-year-old man was charged with felony criminal mischief. Based on police reports, this occurred after the man broke several windows of a rental house.

What is extortion?

Being accused of a crime does not mean that a defendant is aware of what the crime means and the severity of the penalties associated with it. The world of criminal law is complex, meaning the charges faced by some could be confusing. Therefore, it is not only important for individuals in Iowa and elsewhere to understand the alleged crime in general, but what evidence is used to prove the elements of the crime.

Take extortion for example. This crime occurs when a person does an act with the purpose of obtaining anything of value, tangible or intangible. This includes carrying out acts such as threatening to inflict physical injury, making a threat to accuse another individual of committing a public offense or the threat of exposure to contempt, hatred or ridicule.

Understanding the RICO Act

Drug crimes can be simple and minor, but they also have the ability to be major and complex. When one thinks of a drug charge, he or she might be thinking of a minor possession charge that stemmed from a traffic stop. While this occurs in Iowa and elsewhere, drug crimes can derive from the expansive and organized operation of the drug trade. Because drug trade influences interstate and international commerce, it could result in serious charges if an individual is accused of being a part of this type of organized crime.

The RICO act, which stands for the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organized Act, was passed by congress as a means to eradicate organized crime in the nation. A RICO charge occurs when a person is employed by or associated with an enterprise that is engaged in activities that impact interstate or foreign commerce. This charge occurs when his or her conduct, directly or indirectly, participates in the enterprise's affairs through a pattern of racketeering activity or the unlawful collection of debt.

Iowa City man faces multiple charges after a knife threat

While there is a time and place to legally use some weapons, there are also times where its usage could result in criminal charges. Disputes can break out, causing one to react to threats or be the one doing the threatening. Being accused of a violent crime could tarnish a person's reputation, even harming his or her relationship with family members and the community.

According to recent reports, an Iowa City man is currently facing criminal charges stemming from a dispute that took place in December. Police indicated that the man was allegedly threatening people with a knife during a dispute. Complaints came into law enforcement during the early afternoon hours, claiming that there was a fight in progress.

Taking an aggressive approach against a murder charge

While some Iowa crimes are clearly minor than others, none are more serious than murder charges. When faced with this violent crime, defendants might be overwhelmed. He or she may not be fully aware of their options and how important it is to take timely action because his or her emotions are running high. Even when it feels like the evidence is plentiful, this does not mean conviction is inevitable.

Challenging evidence is a strategic way to poke holes in the prosecution's case. If evidence was unlawfully seized, asserting one's constitutional rights might be the best step. At J. Dean Keegan and Thomas Farnsworth, Attorneys at Law, our skilled attorneys have years of experience representing defendants facing a wide variety of violent crimes.

Felony charge impacting immigration status

When immigrants come to the United States, they seek to remain in the nation for as long as their visa or green card allows them. In some cases, this timeframe could be cut short. When an immigrant in the U.S. on a green card or visa is accused of a felony, he or she could have their immigration status impacted, causing them to even face deportation from the country.

When an immigrant is charged with a felony, immigration officials could deport the accused or down grade their status if he or she is convicted of the crime. This could even occur when there is a misdemeanor or other conviction; however, this depends upon their current status, the offense of which they are accused and the facts of the particular case.

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