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Federal drug trafficking sentences are extremely harsh

A conviction for drug trafficking can bring serious consequences in Iowa. For those convicted in federal court, the consequences can be particularly harsh. The severity of a federal drug trafficking sentence will depend largely on the amount and type of drug involved. If violence is alleged or if the defendant has any prior convictions, the penalties will be increased.

Defense argues Cedar Rapids murder case belongs in juvenile court

One of the toughest questions an Iowa judge can face is whether a juvenile charged with a violent crime should be tried as an adult. The issue arose recently in the case of a 16-year old Cedar Rapids youth who is facing first-degree murder charges.

Iowa breath tests for OWI can be inaccurate

A drunk driving conviction in Iowa can seriously affect a person's life. In addition to fines and possible jail time, the defendant will face driver's license revocation and may be required to have an ignition interlock device installed on the person's vehicle. In a felony drunk driving or vehicular homicide case, a conviction can result in years in state prison.

Is there a defense to a charge of voluntary manslaughter?

Unlike murder charges which generally require a person to have planned the commission of the alleged crime, manslaughter charges often result from alleged incidents that arose due to the emotional circumstances of an event. An Iowa City resident may find oneself facing manslaughter charges if the person is suspected of killing another person in the heat of the moment. If a person's heat of the moment actions were found to be intentional then the person may be charged with voluntary manslaughter.

U.S. Supreme Court broadens police search and seizure authority

Iowa residents facing drug possession or trafficking charges can often argue successfully that the police search that turned up the drugs violated their constitutional rights. If the judge agrees that the search was illegal, the evidence found in the search can be ruled inadmissible at trial. Since this evidence is usually central to the prosecution's case, the end result is often a dismissal of the charges.

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