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Man faces criminal charges including a felony after car chase

In Cedar Rapids and throughout Iowa, people might view criminal allegations as having to do with violence, theft and sex-related crimes. There are many others including traffic violations. They might not sound serious on their face, but they can lead to major penalties if there is a conviction. When there are motor vehicle violations, it will frequently be classified as driving under the influence or being cited for speeding and other traffic issues. However, if a driver commits traffic violations and flees from law enforcement, there can be serious long-term consequences after a conviction. These can even rise to felonies making it even more difficult. Getting legal representation when arrested on these charges is imperative to lodging a strong defense.

What defenses may exist for drug charges and other crimes?

Police obviously don't have free rein to arrest people and seize evidence to prosecute them. If police question suspects or seize evidence in a manner contrary to law or the Constitution, it could make the case fall apart. What defenses are available to Johnson County defendants charged with drug offenses or other crimes?

Big brother may be hacking

Federal law enforcement may now hack into a phone, laptop or other electronic devices for many types of sensitive and confidential information. This raises many serious issues about privacy intrusion, taking advantage of unpatched vulnerabilities in electronic devices and software and illegal search and seizure.

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.

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.

What is an illegal search and seizure?

When law enforcement suspects that a crime is being committed, evidence is needed to prove such suspicions. In some cases, these might be observations; however, in most cases, a search will need to be conducted to prove one or more elements of a crime. When a search is conducted, though, there are standards are rules that need to be followed.

Helping you develop a strong criminal defense

It is a difficult situation to be in, being accused of a serious criminal allegation. It is overwhelming and emotional for the accused, casing them to be unsure how to move forward. While it may seem like the state has piled up evidence against you, the reality is that not all of this evidence will stick. It is possible to poke holes in the case, helping the accused clear their name.

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.

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.

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.

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