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Understanding human trafficking laws

When individuals think of criminal charges, they likely think of DUIs, drug charges and violent crimes such as assault and battery. There are some crimes that are not often discussed, however, this does not mean that these crimes do not affect individuals as victims and accused offenders. Take human trafficking for example. Residents in Iowa and elsewhere might view this as a crime of the past, but this crime still impacts individuals across the nation, resulting in serious criminal charges against defendants.

Iowa City man faces multiple charges after a knife threat

While there is a time and place to legally use some weapons, there are also times where its usage could result in criminal charges. Disputes can break out, causing one to react to threats or be the one doing the threatening. Being accused of a violent crime could tarnish a person's reputation, even harming his or her relationship with family members and the community.

Taking an aggressive approach against a murder charge

While some Iowa crimes are clearly minor than others, none are more serious than murder charges. When faced with this violent crime, defendants might be overwhelmed. He or she may not be fully aware of their options and how important it is to take timely action because his or her emotions are running high. Even when it feels like the evidence is plentiful, this does not mean conviction is inevitable.

How is the threat of violence in a school treated?

The youth in Iowa and other states across the nation attend school from a young age until they graduate high school. While these seem like the innocent years, these are also the times where young adults will rebel and even commit serious crimes. Even planning or threatening to commit an act of violence could land students in a heap of legal trouble as they face serious criminal charges.

A review of the elements of an assault charge

Most of the actions that the state of Iowa and the federal government have criminalized require more than just action in order constitute a criminal charge. For example, a person is generally not considered guilty of theft if they legitimately take something that they think is theirs but that is actually the property of another person. This instance is one of mistake, not criminality, mainly because the individual did not have the requisite mindset to commit the alleged crime.

Murder defenses exist when premeditation is not involved

There are different felony charges that fall under the general crime of murder. For example, when an Iowan is charged with planning a person's killing and then executing the alleged crime, they may be charged with first degree murder. If the individual is charged with intentionally killing someone but not with having premeditated the crime, their charge may be second degree murder.

A violent crime charge can be a life-altering legal dilemma

Violent crimes are generally those criminal allegations that involve force against others and that result in bodily injury to the alleged victims. Murder, rape and assault all may be considered violent crimes and when an Iowa City resident is charged with one of these or other serious criminal allegations the lives that they know may be immediately altered. Depending upon the severity of their alleged crime a person may be taken into custody and not permitted release prior to their trial.

What are the elements of a murder charge in Iowa?

When a person dies because of another's conduct, it is not common for those people to face criminal charges. Here, a person who is suspected of causing another person to lose their life may face manslaughter or murder charges. Each charge has different elemental requirements. This post will examine the most serious of these charges: first degree murder.

Helping develop a strong defense against violent crime charges

When it comes to criminal charges, Iowa residents are aware some allegations are more serious than others. The severity of the crime in conjunction with the accused's criminal history could result in a defendant facing harsh penalties if a conviction ensues. Because of that, understanding the circumstances surrounding the alleged crime as well as the rights and options available to defendants could help with the assertion of a strong and effective criminal defense.

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