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Fighting burglary charges in Iowa

Burglary is a serious charge under Iowa law. A conviction can result in serious penalties, including possible prison time. Burglary is defined in Iowa as entering an occupied structure with the intent to commit a felony, a theft or an assault while inside. There are several degrees of burglary in Iowa. One can be charged with first degree burglary if they were in possession of a weapon, incendiary device or material, or committed a criminal sex act or inflicted serious bodily injury on a person while committing the burglary.

Fighting repeat offense OWI charges in Iowa

The penalties for drunk driving in Iowa are serious. They are even more serious for those who have one or more previous convictions for operating while intoxicated. A third offense within 12 years will be charged as a felony and a conviction can result in significant fines and a state prison sentence. The public has no sympathy for those charged with multiple offense OWI. Prosecutors and judges often take aim for the maximum possible sentence in these cases.

How does Iowa law define identity theft?

Under Iowa law, theft of an individual's identity occurs when a person fraudulently uses another person's identity information to obtain money, property or services. Identification information is defined in the statute to include names, addresses, social security numbers, driver's license or state ID numbers, bank account numbers, credit card numbers and even the maiden name of the victim's mother. Simply possessing another person's information is not identity theft; there must be an actual or attempted fraudulent use of the information and intent to unlawfully benefit from it.

The importance of challenging an illegal search and seizure

A conviction for drug charges in Iowa state court or in federal court can have devastating consequences. In addition to fines and a possible prison sentence, there are non-judicial consequences. For students, a federal or state conviction can mean losing eligibility for federal financial aid. For non-citizens, a drug conviction can mean a deportation risk. And any criminal record can make finding a job or getting into college much more difficult.

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Attorney Thomas Farnsworth's client was arrested for multiple charges after being pulled over for an OWI 3rd offense. Mr. Farnsworth ....

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Can I get a work permit or temporary restricted license in Iowa after losing my driving privileges for an OWI?
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