Domestic abuse and violence is a serious problem in Iowa as it is in many states across the country. Because it is such a complicated issue involving intimate relationships and sometimes unclear boundaries, police have a difficult decision to make when responding to incidents of domestic abuse. Law enforcement has a duty to protect people from violence, but in these domestic situations it can be difficult to determine fault or get a clear idea of what transpired. For this reason, people accused of domestic assault need the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney to defend themselves against accusations.
People in Iowa may have heard about a strange situation that unfolded in an Iowa City emergency room earlier this month. A woman who was receiving treatment for a seizure apparently became angered and decided to leave. However, she was hooked up to an IV and had a needle in her arm. Instead of waiting for a nurse to remove the IV, she allegedly ripped out the IV herself, causing blood to shoot out of the woman's arm. The nurse, who was standing nearby, was apparently sprayed with the patient's blood.
Being charged with a violent crime can have serious consequences, like hefty fines and jail time. One 28-year-old man was recently charged with assaulting an officer, in addition to other crimes, after police were called to the scene of a car accident in northern Iowa earlier this month.
In the heat of the moment, it is easy to act in a manner that isn't appropriate. When this involves breaking or damaging other people's property or harming people, criminal charges might sometimes be filed. In a case stemming from an incident that occurred this past February, a man was facing three criminal charges. Iowa residents might be interested in learning about how he ended up only pleading guilty to one charge that wasn't one of those three.
Part of the work of mounting a strong criminal defense is protecting against overcharging, which is all too common in the criminal justice system. Prosecutors pursue charges that don’t fit the crime, and in other cases, accused individuals are innocent of any wrongdoing.
When emotions run high, people tend to do uncharacteristic things, and sometimes heated arguments result in criminal charges. One recent early morning in Iowa, an argument inside of a parked car led to an accident and resulted in a number of criminal charges against a man and a woman.
Anyone charged with a sex offense faces a serious problem, as a host of life-altering consequences can result from a conviction. One Iowa man can breathe a sigh of relief, though, now that a court has dismissed the sex crime charges against him.
A man got stabbed Monday night in Cedar Rapids. Police reportedly have arrested a person in connection with the case, but it's not clear that police are certain about just how the individual is linked to this violent assault.