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Being arrested is a terrifying experience, made all the more frightening if you do not know or understand what is happening to you. You know that the results of a criminal case will be life-changing, but do not know what will occur.

At McCarthy & Hamrock, P.C., we seek to not only zealously represent you and advocate for your best interests, but also to keep your informed and advise you on the criminal process. We have included these resources for you to read to understand more about the criminal process.


Search Iowa Code: Most criminal charges are under Iowa state law. At this website, you can search the Iowa Code to read the actual laws you may be accused of breaking.

Iowa State Legislature: The state legislature, which meets at the State Capitol in Des Moines, crafts state law. The address for the State Capitol is below.

Iowa State Capitol
1007 E. Grand Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50319

Iowa Supreme Court: The Iowa Supreme Court is the highest court in Iowa, and sets precedents lower courts follow.

Iowa Judicial Branch Building
1111 E. Court Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50319

Polk County

District Five Court: District 5 of the Iowa Judicial Branch covers Polk County and Dallas County. Cases are heard at the Polk County Courthouse.

Polk County Courthouse
500 Mulberry St.
Des Moines, IA 50309
(515) 286-3198

Polk County Sheriff: The Polk County Sheriff is the chief law enforcement officer for Polk County.

Polk County Sheriff
1985 NE 51st Place
Des Moines, IA 50313
(515) 286-3814

Dallas County

Dallas County Sheriff: The sheriff is the chief law enforcement officer for Dallas County.

Dallas County Sheriff
201 North Nile Kinnick Dr.
Adel, IA 50003
(515) 993-4771


U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa: This federal court hears federal criminal charges for the southern portion of Iowa, including the Des Moines area.

U.S. District Courthouse
123 E. Walnut St.
Des Moines, IA 50309
(515) 284-6248