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What is the definition of assault in the state of Iowa?

Getting into an altercation is not an ideal situation. However, individuals in Iowa and other states could find themselves in this predicament. Because this can be a hostile and even dangerous situation, this could result in law enforcement being called. If a person is arrested following an altercation, he or she could be charged with an assault. In these matters, it is important to understand the definition of this crime, what evidence has been collected and how this information could be used to assert a defense against these allegations.

What is the definition of assault in the state of Iowa? A person commits an assault when he or she, without justification, does any act that is intended to cause pain or injury or result in physical contact that is insulting or offensive to another person and that person has the apparent ability to execute the act.

Drunk drivers cause accidents and fatalities in Florida

A drunk driving accident can result in significant damage and hardship in the life of a victim. That individual may have to suffer through years of recovery in order to mend their injuries and overcome their fears of being involved in a life-altering crash. For others, surviving a drunk driving accident may not be a guarantee. Fatalities from drunk driving crashes in Florida are both devastating and common.

According to data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 8,500 people died in drunk driving accidents in Florida between 2003 and 2012. That means that around 850 people lost their lives to drunk drivers in each of the noted years or more than two people per day perished in alcohol-related crashes over the 10-year period.

Understanding what racketeering is

People organize for various reasons; however, a common purpose for this action is to act for a common purpose. In many instances, organizing a group is lawful and considered beneficial for individuals and society. In other cases, organized individuals can be harmful and detrimental if the common purpose is to complete illegal acts. Organized crime can take on various shapes, one of which includes racketeering.

Racketeering is often associated with organized crime. It is a crime that includes the act of offering a dishonest service as a means to solve a problem that would not exist if it were not for the enterprise causing it. Various acts could be considered racketeering, as the RICO Act contains a list of 35 crimes.

What are the penalties for theft?

Taking something that does not belong to you might seem like a minor situation, especially in matters where it was not intentional or you planned on returning it. Nonetheless, theft can be treated rather seriously and could result in harsh criminal consequences. Thus, it is important to understand what theft is and how serious the penalties could be for this crime.

Depending on the situation, a theft charge can carry penalties that range from minor to severe. Various factors come into play when establishing the seriousness of this crime. Even if these factors appear minor and insignificant, they can have a major impact on the penalties faced by the accused, even causing future consequences when they attempt to seek employment.

Iowa City man arrested for theft charges

Being accused of a crime in your community is a damaging experience. Not only is a person facing potential criminal penalties, but they likely are experiencing damage to their personal and professional reputation. Because of this, it is important to understand how to address these allegations, as they could have major impacts on a defendant's life.

According to reports, an Iowa City man was arrested for a supposed theft. The 39-year-old man was accused of second-degree theft. This crime is a Class D felony. Reports indicate that this suspected crime took place back in January.

Juvenile diversion program in Johnson County

Many people associate a person's young age with being naïve. This might be true in some cases; however, being young does not essentially mean they do not deserve to be heard, taken seriously or given another chance. Thus, when juveniles are faced with criminal charges, it is important to considered his or her situation and what can be done to ensure his or her adulthood is benefited.

Because the criminal penalties associated with drug crimes can be harsh, it is vital to consider defense strategies that could reduce the impact these criminal consequences could have. This might mean considering the option to use the juvenile diversion program. This program is designed for juveniles in Iowa and elsewhere that have not committed prior offenses and are charged with less serious offenses. This program essentially gives the juvenile a second chance.

How much equals felony possession of a controlled substance?

One of the most common drug charges faced by individuals in Iowa and elsewhere is drug possession. While this might seem like a minor offense if one possesses marijuana or a quantity for personal use, any drug crime is a serious offense. However, the penalties associated with drug possession can increase in severity if it is established that the quantity in question gives the presumption of distribution or even trafficking. Thus, a defendant could face a felony charge for possessing a wide variety of illegal substances.

How much equals felony possession of a controlled substance? Because each controlled substance is different, the quantity that calls into question a felony offense is different as well. Take for example cocaine base or crack cocaine. In Iowa, this is considered a Class C felony if one possesses less than or equal to 10 grams. This could result in a penalty of imprisonment not greater than 10 years and a fine between $1,000 and $50,000. Those accused of possessing greater than 50 grams of crack cocaine are charged with a Class B felony, resulting in penalties of up to 50 years in prison and a fine not to exceed $1,000,000.

Planning a defense against felony charges

It is well known that felonies are more serious than misdemeanors or minor infractions. When individuals in Iowa and elsewhere are accused of a felony, they are rightfully concerned about how this charge could impact their future. The best way to protect oneself is by initiating a criminal defense that could help reduce or even dismiss the charges against the accused.

At our law firm, we understand how overwhelming it is for defendants who are facing serious charges, such as felonies. The penalties that could follow a conviction could harm a person's personal and professional reputation, while also causing them to endure penalties, such as a prison sentence and significant fines. We take the time to explain the matter to our clients and attempt to ensure that they have a realistic perspective on their matter and defense options.

Defense options for first-degree murder charges

As a previous post highlighted, the negligence or recklessness of an individual could result in serious criminal charges. While not willful, an individual could face manslaughter charges for the death of an individual. On the other hand, a person could be accused of intentionally killing another, resulting in murder charges.

In order to understand how best to defend yourself against first-degree murder charges, one must be aware of the defense strategies available to defendants. A criminal defense for a first-degree murder charge can fall in one of two categories. Either the defendant claims that he or she did not commit the alleged killing, or the defendant admits to the killing; however asserts that it is not first-degree murder.

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.

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