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Q: Can a State Patrol Officer demand someone to be a ‘snitch’?

I was pulled over by the K-9 Unit of the IA State Patrol. I did not have my license with me and gave him the wrong insurance cards which indicated it was expired. I was detained in the front of his patrol car and he started asking questions while preparing warning tickets. He wanted to know what my... View More

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Q: I have a few questions regarding the new bill signed HF2191. Which class b felonies does this apply

I have a few questions regarding the new bill signed HF2191. It’s states good time for certain mandatory minimums. I have a loved one serving time for a Class B felony for 1st Degree Robby. He has a 25 yr sentence Mandatory minimum of 17.5. He has served 12 years of his sentence so far. Will... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, DUI / DWI and Immigration Law for Iowa on
Q: Travel and return with historical 3 DUIs?

I had three DUIs in 2015, 2016, and 2021. I paid for everything, served one month in jail, and also completed all the tasks given by the court order. I'll finish my probation this coming October. Can I go to Vietnam and then return to the US without getting deported or having my green card... View More

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answered on May 11, 2024

Having a history of DUIs should not directly impact your ability to travel to Vietnam and return to the United States, as long as you have a valid green card and have completed all court-ordered requirements related to your DUIs. However, there are a few considerations to keep in mind:

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Q: Can I file to merge my probation revocation hearings to be merged into 1 before revocation is filed by probation officer

I was charged with a class d felony and bailed out and revocation is going to be filed and I have a good job, going to school and financially support my children.

0 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Iowa on
Q: Is there a guideline on length of time that prior offenses can be used against offenders in federal indictments?

No weapons. No violence. BAD driving record. Feds seem to have vendetta here. I have tried talking to supervisor of public federal defenders office. 3 attempts. No help. Appt Fed public defender has repeatedly been rude with no apparent cause. He has repeatedly told us not to take... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Child Support and Civil Rights for Iowa on
Q: If I go to jail for a warrant an they find paraphernalia and weeks later say they're going to charge me for with it
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answered on Apr 6, 2024

If you were arrested on a warrant and the authorities found drug paraphernalia in your possession during the arrest, they have the right to charge you with possession of drug paraphernalia in addition to any charges related to the original warrant. The timeline for filing these additional charges... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Iowa on
Q: If I go to jail for a warrant an they find paraphernalia an don't charge me with it and weeks later so they're are
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answered on Apr 6, 2024

If you are facing potential charges, the best thing to do is consult with a criminal defense attorney who can advise you on your specific situation and legal options. An attorney can review the details of your case and help protect your rights. In general, if you are concerned about outstanding... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Criminal Law for Iowa on
Q: Is there any aggressive attorneys that will take on police misconduct in iowa. "Dismissed in the interest of justice"-DA

I was stopped in pdc, wi, arrested on unknown warrant, charged with 4 felonies and 1 mis, extradited 15 miles to Clayton county, IA, charged with 1 felony, $10,000 cash only nationwide extraditable warrant for less than $100 in dope that I wasn't home when "buy" happened, first... View More

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answered on Feb 23, 2024

It sounds like you've been through a challenging and unjust situation involving law enforcement. It's crucial to find a competent attorney who is experienced in handling cases of police misconduct and civil rights violations. While I can't recommend specific attorneys, you may want... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Iowa on
Q: In the state of Iowa, is a search warrant application that is signed by a judge , public record, or enterd into docket?
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answered on Feb 24, 2024

In the state of Iowa, search warrant applications that are signed by a judge are typically considered public records. These records are generally entered into the court docket or case file associated with the specific search warrant. As public records, they are subject to disclosure under... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Personal Injury, Civil Rights and Gov & Administrative Law for Iowa on
Q: Were my rights violated? cops beat me like it was a gang initiation & injected me with ketamine. I stopped breathing.

In Omaha I got into it with the bouncers and the cops came. I was drunk. The cops ended up beating & choking me till my head n lips were blue n purple. half of it on video. They were beating on me with their fists hitting me in my head repeatedly. They did everything to me except shoot me taze... View More

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answered on Jan 28, 2024

Based on the details provided, it does sound like there could have been violations of your rights and excessive use of force by the police officers. Some key things to consider:

- The repeated beating and choking clearly seems excessive, especially once you were subdued and not posing an...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Iowa on
Q: Is this possible ? I sat in county jail 8 months on a $100.000 cash only bond fighting my case to trial .

I had a strong case with witnesses one which was there during the traffic stop and even claimed the drugs found because they were his but he was released n I was arrested ( so much involved not enough room to text) and had cop cam to prove alot of the wrong doing n violations of my rights . I... View More

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answered on Jan 24, 2024

Your situation raises concerns about the handling of your case and the legal advice you received. It's not uncommon for cases to be resolved through plea agreements, even on the day of trial. However, the decision to accept a plea should be based on a thorough understanding of your case, the... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Federal Crimes and Criminal Law for Iowa on
Q: Is it legal to buy a fake ID and customise it for my dog as a joke? i think its funny but can i carry it in my wallet?

I know falsifying government documents is illegal but it's going to be like a picture of a dog weighing 9 pounds height 8 inches and all that. Dogs can't drive and obviously, a dog who was born in 2023 can't buy alcohol. So would it still be illegal if it is a joke? (the joke being... View More

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answered on Jan 20, 2024

Let me see if I understand your question. You want to know if it is legal to lie to a state or federal agency by filling out an application by lying about who the applicant is, providing false answers to those questions and providing a false signature. Is that right?

And you’ve admitted...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Identity Theft and Employment Law for Iowa on
Q: Was told i was being laid off due to a theft investigation. I get paid salary. Am I supposed to still be getting paid.

Was told laid off in one text from employer and laid off in another text

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answered on Jan 18, 2024

If you have been informed that you are being laid off due to a theft investigation and you receive a salary, whether you are entitled to continued payment during the investigation depends on the specific terms outlined in your employment contract, company policies, and applicable state laws.... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Iowa on
Q: What if statements made in the minutes of testimony contradict the statements made by the same witness in trial info

The aresting officer claimed the defender was arrested and placed in jail and also claimed the defendant was written a summons and released

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answered on Jan 3, 2024

If statements made in the minutes of testimony contradict the statements made by the same witness in the trial information, it raises concerns about the consistency and accuracy of the information provided by the arresting officer. Discrepancies between claiming the defendant was arrested, placed... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Iowa on
Q: Can a male officer put his hand in a detained woman’s pocket during a traffic stop in Iowa?

I was pulled over for a busted tail light and apparently my license was suspended, 2 male

Officers detained me, hung up my phone which was on a call with my mom, and searched in my pockets and up the bottom of my pantlegs.

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answered on Jan 1, 2024

During a traffic stop in Iowa, law enforcement officers are generally permitted to conduct a search of your person if they have reasonable suspicion or probable cause. However, the extent of the search must be reasonable and related to the circumstances at hand. While a search of pockets is not... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Constitutional Law for Iowa on
Q: having a phone conversation with daughter. lady told her she was going to record our conversation. Is this legal

My daughter lives with this woman and she's using this information to cause me legal problems

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answered on Nov 5, 2023

In Iowa, the law permits recording a conversation if one party to the conversation consents to the recording. This means that if your daughter or the lady intended to record the conversation agreed to the recording, it would typically be legal.

However, if the recording is being used to...
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Q: Police found drug paraphernalia in my backpack and read me my rights but then asked me to be a CI. Is that legal?

They're holding the charges over my head for information.

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answered on Sep 6, 2023

When police find drug paraphernalia and read you your rights, they are typically following legal procedures. However, whether it's legal or ethical for them to ask you to become a confidential informant (CI) in exchange for leniency or reduced charges can vary depending on the specific... View More

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