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Drugs available to the general public have specific uses. When used in the manner they were intended, drugs can work effectively and are legally used. However, when drugs, prescription or not, are used in ways they were not designed, this could pose some legal issues. This is especially true for drugs that cause dependency and are thus sold for this purpose. Therefore, when a person is accused of possessing or selling such substances, he or she could face criminal penalties.

Helping you assert a defense following drug allegations

No one expects to be subject to a search. This is especially true for those in a traffic stop. Most motorists keep many items in their vehicles and, as passengers come in and out of the vehicle, it is likely that objects not belonging to the owner of the vehicle get left inside the automobile. Thus, when a search of the vehicle occurs, it is possible to have items not belonging to them located in the vehicle. When a vehicle search results in the uncovering of drugs, it is possible to use various defense options to reduce or dismiss these charges against the accused.

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.

How can drug conviction impact student aid eligibility?

Going to a high education institution is the dream of many in Iowa and elsewhere. Whether one decided to go to college immediately following high school or they decide to wait a few years, the cost of college is always an issue. For most students, financial aid is the only way one can afford a degree. However, those facing criminal charges, such as a drug charge, could have this benefit limited, especially if he or she is convicted.

Two Iowa residents face multiple drug charges

Being suspected of wrongdoings is bad in itself. Being accused of a crime based on these suspicions could result in serious repercussions. When police officers suspect that an individual or a group of people are currently or intend to break the law, they may step in and act on these suspicions. If probable cause exists, officers could issue a search warrant, allowing them to collect evidence to charge an individual with a crime. If a search results in the seizure of drugs, this will result in drug charges. However, these charges will only remain if authorities went through the proper steps to obtain this evidence and arrest the offender.

What are the penalties for a conviction based on heroin sales?

The state of Iowa seriously penalizes individuals who are alleged to have sold heroin within the state. The sale of heroin is a felony and depending upon how much of the substance the individual is alleged to have sold and to whom the drug was sold the person charged can face significant fines and periods of incarceration. This post will generally discuss the penalties for convictions based on the sale of heroin; specific questions regarding this and other drug crimes should be discussed with personal criminal defense lawyers.

Is marijuana legal in Iowa?

In the last several years states all across the nation have taken affirmative steps to legalize the possession of marijuana in some limited capacities. While some states allow for the medicinal use of the substance for individuals who may benefit from it as a treatment, others have approved the recreational use of marijuana in limited quantities. Iowa has taken neither of these steps and has on its books only a very narrow permissible use of a marijuana derivative.

Authorities in Iowa make drug bust, arresting 16

When the authorities suspect that a group of people are involved in illegal activities, investigations and operations could ensue. In order to obtain the necessary probable cause to issue search or arrest warrants, authorities will wait to collect the necessary evidence. However, this step can often be rushed, usually because law enforcement is afraid they will miss their opportunity. Nonetheless, even when a major drug bust is made, if authorities have not followed protocol and took all the legal steps, this could allow those accused to poke holes in their case.

What are the defenses for drug possession charges?

Being accused of a crime is a difficult situation for Iowa residents to be in. Accusations alone have the ability to harm a person's reputation, thus, it is important to take the matter seriously. This means understanding the charges they face, the penalties that could result and the defense strategies that are available.

Iowa man trying to deposit an odd bill charged with drug crime

Individuals in Iowa and elsewhere might find themselves in odd or difficult situations, resulting in the authorities having some suspicions. When in such a predicament, it can be challenging for individuals to respond properly because he or she fears it could make matters worse. Nonetheless, certain rights are afforded to those accused of a crime, helping them assert a defense and protect their rights in the matter.

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