For decades now, Iowa police have been focusing much of their law enforcement efforts on drug use and drug trafficking. The War on Drugs was undertaken with the goal of reducing drug use. During this war, many people have faced the legal consequences of a drug conviction. These consequences can include imprisonment, probation, fines and other penalties. They can also include some other consequences that may not come to mind immediately for most people.
For over 50 years, federal student aid programs have helped Johnson County residents reach for their dreams through post-secondary education. Without the loan and grant programs available through federal financial aid, college could be out of reach for many. But as many already know, federal financial aid options may be curtailed for those convicted of drug-related offenses. Let's review how a drug-related conviction could interfere with the process of getting student aid.
When Iowans think of drug charges, they often conjure images of people who engage in drug possession and distribution. Charges related to these criminal offenses do make up a significant portion of drug crime prosecutions, but they are not the only drug offenses that prosecutors pursue. In fact, there are a plethora of drug charges that can be directed at every part of the drug consumption process, from manufacturing to transportation and use.
The taboo against the use of marijuana seems to be weakening somewhat as various states and countries move to legalize or decriminalize it. Still, pot remains illegal at the federal level and in many states, so using it is not without legal risks. Is marijuana still illegal in Iowa? Generally speaking, it is, but there is a limited medical marijuana exception. This blog post will take a closer look at the legal status of marijuana in the Hawkeye State.
Being accused of a crime is never any easy predicament to be in. This is especially true when the accused is facing a felony charge. With regards to drug crimes, the penalties associated with a drug charge could be severe, as a felony charge likely involves large quantitates of an illegal substance or an act that is severe itself.
There are certain Iowa criminal charges that can cause the accused to suffer serious consequences even when the matter seems minor. For example, the possession of a controlled substance could warrant harsh penalties depending on the type, quantity and criminal history of the accused. In other words, a minor possession charge could carry with it a significant criminal penalty if the defendant has several drug convictions on their record. Thus, it is always important to treat every drug charge seriously, even if it appears to be minor.
Many people associate a person's young age with being naïve. This might be true in some cases; however, being young does not essentially mean they do not deserve to be heard, taken seriously or given another chance. Thus, when juveniles are faced with criminal charges, it is important to considered his or her situation and what can be done to ensure his or her adulthood is benefited.
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.
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.
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.