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State of Gun Laws in Iowa in 2019
There is no mistaking that there are more mass shootings in America than ever before. It seems that almost every month, some violent act makes it to the national news, leaving multiple people dead or wounded.
Discussions on news broadcasts and over social media have focused on gun control for years. Many people are for it, and many are against it. Some think it needs to be more extensive,…
Drug Crimes in Iowa - Changing Minimum Mandatory Sentences
2017 House File 579 seeks to change the criminal penalties for cocaine possession, modifies minimum mandatory sentences for drug offenses, establishes a standard sentence to be used by the court without imposing mandatory minimum terms, and provides for reconsideration of a felony sentence. To become a law, HF 579 must be passed by the full Iowa Senate.
The attorneys at McCarthy and Hamrock…Read more
State dismisses all Cass County charges against Denison Police Officer Bradley Wendt
From The Smart Shopper Denison Published on December 6, 2016
All charges lodged by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) against Denison Police Officer Bradley Wendt were dismissed on Tuesday, Nov. 29th by Cass County Magistrate Judge Karen Mallender. Related charges…Read more
Violations of the No-Contact Order
If you are subject to a no-contact order as a part of your pre-trial release or as a condition of probation, then you should know about the mechanisms that law enforcement officers and prosecutors have to enforce the no-contact order.
Law enforcement officers and prosecutors often consider the alleged violation of a no contact or other protection order by a defendant is an indication of…Read more
Interference With Official Acts — Jailers
One of the new crimes passed in Iowa in 2016 is Senate File 2115 for "Interference With Official Acts — Jailers." The Act relates to interference with official acts against a jailer.
Under the Act, a person who knowingly resists or obstructs anyone…
Expunction of Records for Alcohol Crimes in Iowa
One of the laws passed in 2016 in Iowa provides for the expungement of a record for "Public Intoxication" and "Alcohol Consumption" offenses under Senate File 2164.
This Act allows for the expungement of criminal offenses for alcohol consumption in public, public intoxication, simulated public intoxication, or a local ordinance that arose from the same transaction or occurrence, or when…Read more
Probation in Iowa
After a judgment of conviction has been or may be entered, the court can sentence a person to probation. As provided in Iowa Code §907.1(5), the terms of probation require that a person is subject to supervision by correctional services or a judicial district department.
The court decides the conditions of probation, the length of probation, and the time of discharge from supervision. If…Read more
What are the penalties for a misdemeanor in Iowa?
During the initial consultation, our clients often ask "Is my charge a misdemeanor? What are the potential penalties?"
Under Iowa Code §903.1, misdemeanors are classified as aggravated misdemeanors, serious misdemeanors, and simple misdemeanors. Aggravated misdemeanors are the most serious and simple misdemeanors are the least serious. Iowa Code section 805.8 also creates a class of offenses…Read more