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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Drug crimes can range from minor to major offenses, but regardless of the level of severity of the offense it is imperative that defendants become fully aware of their rights and options. Taking the right measures when initiating a defense could significantly impact the future and even freedom of the accused. Taking the time to understand the situation and what defense options are available can be the best way to aggressively defend against drug charges.