People in Iowa know that agricultural production has been one of the most important staples of the state's economy for many decades, and this continues to be true today. For that reason, Iowa lawmakers have sometimes afforded Iowa farmers, ranchers, processors and other food-producing entities special privileges that other people simply do not get. While most people may not have a problem with granting agricultural producers tax breaks and financial incentives, many constitutional scholars and defense attorneys say that lawmakers have gone too far in passing laws that criminalize recording video or audio footage at such agricultural facilities.
People in Iowa may have heard about a curious alleged kidnapping case that occurred earlier this summer in Rock Rapids. The case involved a man who claims that his wife and father-in-law drove him out to the country and locked him in a grain silo on an abandoned farm. He was able to escape the silo. He began walking down the road, but his wife and her father spotted him. They picked him back up, took him out and locking him in yet another grain silo on another abandoned farm. Again, he was able to escape and ran to a local residence, where he was able to call 911.
People in Iowa may have heard the shocking report that the mayor of the small northwestern Iowa town of Oelwein stands accused of numerous counts of sexual abuse involving two underage girls. The man, who was elected to the position of mayor in his small town earlier this year, faces five total counts of second-degree sexual abuse for acts allegedly perpetrated upon the girls back in separate incidents back in 2010.
Some residents of Iowa City have likely floated a check before. Floating a check involves writing a check to someone, even though the money is not in the account, because you plan to deposit money before the check clears. If the money is not deposited, however, the check could bounce.
The general public tends to presume guilt whenever a person is accused of a violent crime such as murder or assault. But our criminal justice system is not based on the presumption of guilt; it is based on due process, and that means that accused individuals have rights and are presumed innocent unless guilt is proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
Many times, police respond to a location because concerned friends, family or neighbors report suspicions or request a welfare check on someone. When suspicious activity or illegal substances are found on the premises, a welfare check can turn into an arrest. Police say that was the case recently in Iowa City.
A strong legal defense can protect the rights and freedom of those wrongly accused of prescription drug crimes. Prosecutors sometimes pursue criminal charges even when the evidence does not support the allegations. In any case, individuals accused of drug crimes should mount a strong criminal defense to minimize the negative repercussions of a charge.
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.