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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination for Iowa on
Q: My husband is blind and requires a driver who is employed on a as needed basis . His works from home and travels .

His boss set a meeting at the main office which my husband made plans to attend and less than 24 hrs before the meeting she asked him to stay another 2 days. His drIver can not pick him up because it was not planned and obviously he can not drive himself. Can they legally do this when they hire you... Read more »

Erik Steven Fisk
Erik Steven Fisk answered on May 9, 2018

Discrimination claims depend on facts, and there simply aren't enough here to make a determination either way.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Iowa on
Q: im in Iowa any my neohew was charged with criminal mischeif in the second degree. the damage did no exceeded 2000.00,

Can you tell me what the punishment could be from this crime?

Thank You

Jennifer Holmes

Erik Steven Fisk
Erik Steven Fisk answered on May 9, 2018

Criminal mischief, second degree is a Class D felony. Under Iowa Code 902.9(1)(e); "A class “D” felon, not an habitual offender, shall be confined for no more than five years, and in addition shall be sentenced to a fine of at least seven hundred fifty dollars but not more than seven thousand... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Iowa on
Q: What does it mean if a charge is dismissed?

I pleaded guilty to a charge and the court "dismissed" the other charge

Erik Steven Fisk
Erik Steven Fisk answered on May 9, 2018

If it's dismissed, the charge is no longer being brought. It depends on whether the dismissal was with or without prejudice as to whether it could ever be brought again.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Iowa on
Q: I paid my rent in full on May 1 that was posted online. The 7th there was a note posted on my door stating I owed more.

My question is can my landlord add to my rent after the fact and only give me 3 days to pay more rent?

Erik Steven Fisk
Erik Steven Fisk answered on May 9, 2018

If you're in St. Paul, you'll need to ask in Minnesota - because that would be governed by MN law, not IA law.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Domestic Violence for Iowa on
Q: So my parents abused me and I left about a year ago. I want to go back for my dogs. How would I do that?

My father abused them also but it was only two dogs he did it to.

Erik Steven Fisk
Erik Steven Fisk answered on May 8, 2018

Were you a minor? Are you a minor now? What's your claim to the dogs over your parents'? Generally speaking, pets are treated just like personal property under the law.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Landlord - Tenant for Iowa on
Q: Off duty cop questioned my 17yr said she was smoking in house can they do that??

They asked her about smoking weed and got her to give them a pipe. She did not smoke in the house. But they scared her into giving information. Now they are trying to evict us saying she smoked in the house and had drugs in the house.

Erik Steven Fisk
Erik Steven Fisk answered on May 8, 2018

It depends on so many other things that aren't written in your question.

1 Answer | Asked in Stockbroker Fraud for Iowa on
Q: Is it realtor fraud when realtor overprices a home in favor of the seller due to relationship with seller?

Tax assessment for the year purchased was $50000 dollars under the amount being asked. When I offered less than asking and more than tax value I was told that if my offer was to be considered I had to give a serious offer. I was reluctant to make higher offer but feeling pressure to buy I raised... Read more »

Erik Steven Fisk
Erik Steven Fisk answered on May 8, 2018

Your question is ridiculous. You don't claim "fraud" to argue a house is priced too high. If the price is too high, don't buy it.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Iowa on
Q: how much does it cost to file a dissolution of marriage in Iowa
Erik Steven Fisk
Erik Steven Fisk answered on May 8, 2018

$185.00. You could also find this out on iowacourts.gov

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Contracts for Iowa on
Q: I hired a business to do all my hard work. He showed one day for maybe 45 min. Said he would be back later to finish fro

I had to text him he said he never guaranteed hed be back. He said he would be back two days later. He did not. Once again I had to contact him. He said he would be there the next day early and his crew would also be there. Once again nothing from him.i text him he said he would come 2 days from... Read more »

Erik Steven Fisk
Erik Steven Fisk answered on May 8, 2018

Legit case? Maybe, for whatever amount of the $200 he didn't earn. I don't see why he would have to pay you for new lawn service, though.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Iowa on
Q: Can you overturn an already paid for ticket?

I received a ticket and paid it online soon after. When I drove on the road again I realized the speed limit was different than what the officer ticketed me at. He wrote me for 40 in a 30 when it was a 35. Is there anyway to get my fine back or at the least have it taken off my record?

Erik Steven Fisk
Erik Steven Fisk answered on May 8, 2018

Paying it = pleading guilty. Only in exceptional circumstances are you able to revisit a guilty plea. It is unlikely you would be able to do so here.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Criminal Law for Iowa on
Q: How long can the police hold something over your head before they can no longer charge you, & is it legal?
Erik Steven Fisk
Erik Steven Fisk answered on May 8, 2018

It depends on how long the statute of limitations is for the charge, and yes, they can wait for that time period to file charges.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Iowa on
Q: is an apartment suppose to be provided a smoke alarm? or does the resident have to purchase it?
Erik Steven Fisk
Erik Steven Fisk answered on May 8, 2018

It depends. Your City's rental code (if it has one) is the first place to look.

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