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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Iowa on

Q: What can I get charge with ?

House was raided a month ago, I guess they were told that I was taking trips to Mex n bringing back with me large quantities of dope or through mail. During the raid a digital scale, a personal amount of dope, close $5000, and a ziploc bag was found, my phone along texts and laptop which I got... Read more »

Gary Kollin answered on Jun 12, 2019

Stop trying to play lawyer. You desperately need a lawyer.

You are facing serious time.

Stop talking to EVERYONE.


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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Real Estate Law and Collections for Iowa on

Q: I own a timeshare in Mass and paid my maintenance fee late. They are refusing my payment (check).

I did not find any emails from them until I looked at my spam so it looked like I was avoiding them. I informed them by email that I was waiting for my tax return because I saw that there was a one-time Maintenance increase for an owner agreed on repairs. I have asked them to work with me but... Read more »

Michael Hales answered on Jun 5, 2019

If they never sent you paper bills, you may have an argument that they did not give you notice. If that does not work, you may have an attorney negotiate with the collection agency. Most timeshare companies use the same collection companies. I've found that they'll typically negotiate on the fee... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Banking for Iowa on

Q: Judge ordered a stay of garnishment on our bank account Monday, it’s friday when and how will my bank be notified? iowa

Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on May 31, 2019

Your bank should have been notified; however, if the judge merely stayed the garnishment it may not go away entirely. Suggest you call the lawyer that helped you get the stay.

1 Answer | Asked in Medical Malpractice for Iowa on

Q: i have been injured by a doctor doing a procedure on me.leg are weak,off balance,limp and fear because of what he did .

was woke up briefly from being sedated ,with him giving me a forceful chop on the procedure site.need some advice on what to do.

Erik Luthens answered on May 29, 2019

You should immediately schedule a consultation with the doctor in question to determine specifically as to what he / she did and whether you need any further medical treatment due to the "forceful chop."

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Constitutional Law for Iowa on

Q: I have a few ideas, but in this case, I’m just curious as to what specific amendment was used in this?

Timur Akpinar answered on May 18, 2019

It looks like part of your question may have inadvertently gotten left off. You could try reposting the question.

Tim Akpinar

2 Answers | Asked in Intellectual Property and Tax Law for Iowa on

Q: I am disabled I got a letter say I had to pay the last half of my property tax by may 15 or the sell what can I do

I paied the first half and wont have the money for the last half till June 3

D. Mathew Blackburn answered on May 2, 2019

Call the county assessor and tell them you need more time to pay the tax. They'll tell you your options.

Or hire an attorney.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Iowa on

Q: I need to know if I was illegally searched.

I am from a small town in Iowa. The other night I was test riding my small dirt bike after making repairs. On my way back home I got pulled over by a sheriff that knows who I am. I have never been confrontational with the police and have absolutely no violence on my record. The sheriff with his red... Read more »

Katherine Sears answered on Apr 30, 2019

Based on the facts presented, you may have a basis for getting the search suppressed, particularly if there wasn't a valid reason for the stop. Talk to an attorney about this; you need someone to review whatever evidence the state has and help you make an informed decision about how to proceed.

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for Iowa on

Q: Donation Receipts for New Type of eBay Charity Donation

I wanted to establish a new type of charity sale. A seller would list items for sale and upon purchase the seller would deliver them to a charity designated within the listing. The seller would obtain a drop-off receipt from the charity and mail or message a copy to the buyer to use for their... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Apr 18, 2019

You are not asking general legal questions; you are seeking about $2,000 worth of free professional legal advice regarding the establishment of what appears to be a workable idea--if a lawyer is involved from the get-go. Suggest you hire a good lawyer and invest in their advice--before you make a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Iowa on

Q: I was given 2 court dates when jailed for contempt. The judge & then upon release a sailor. Which is correct????

I called clerks office, she said 1st date correct. I have been unjustly handled by this judge, just don't want to be set up.

Gary Kollin answered on Apr 8, 2019

How woukd Ny attorney on the internet know?

If wrong, at least you can show up for the second.

1 Answer | Asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) for Iowa on

Q: I need parts for a shower faucet. It has no markings indicating the brand but it does have a patent number 3519018.

How do I find out who made it?

Peter D. Mlynek answered on Apr 6, 2019

As a person who does his own plumbing, the lack of part numbers drives me nuts too. And parts from one manufacturer are not compatible with those of other manufacturers. I feel your pain.

Your question is a tough one. The good news is that the patent was issued in 1970, so your shower...
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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Iowa on

Q: Can my child (minor) on H4 travel to India and back to US with her aunt?

I am on H1B in the US. My wife came to the US on H4 and recently changed status to H1B. We are seeking advice if there is any risk in having our minor daughter on H4 (visa stamped till Nov 2019) travel outside the country and back with her aunt (my sister who is a green card holder) in June for a... Read more »

Hector E. Quiroga answered on Apr 1, 2019

There should be no issue, as long as the child has a valid and unexpired H4 visa. You should show that your daughter has your permission to travel with her aunt.

2 Answers | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Iowa on

Q: My husband was injured at work and is on workers cop. He has not been able to drive. Who should have to pay for a taxi?

I have been driving him everywhere but have to be out of town all weekend for work.

Stephen Douglas Lombardi answered on Mar 26, 2019

The employer and its workers' compensation insurer are responsible for transportation costs for medical appointments. They are not otherwise required to provide transportation.

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3 Answers | Asked in Business Law, Civil Litigation, Intellectual Property and Trademark for Iowa on

Q: Who owner the ampersand mark? Please refer to all information in registered trademark 86905207, from the USPTO website.

I asked for the ownership of this mark from its creation. Please validate.

Ahaji Kirk Amos answered on Mar 21, 2019

I don't understand the question.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Iowa on

Q: I was ordered to report to supervised probation. probation is not going to fly with me, how do i get around not doing it

Probation I'm not doing it. What happeneds if i dnt report to them for the first time??

Katherine Sears answered on Mar 7, 2019

You *are* "doing it," or you're getting arrested and going to jail for contempt/probation violation, and you're probably going to have whatever suspended sentence you got for the underlying offense imposed on top of that.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Iowa on

Q: My sons girlfriend just got parolled to her grandmothers house ,but she is at my sons 99% of the time.

She says she has permission. I dont trust her! What do you think

Im scared

Gary Kollin answered on Feb 12, 2019

How would any attorney on the internet know?

Ask her for her officer so you can verify

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright for Iowa on

Q: We have an illustration paired with the words, "In loving memory" copyrighted are we still vulnerable for a lawsuit?

We had this package copyrighted before 2010. It was a disk containing some works with phrases paired to them. Everything on the disk was copyrighted. The phrase, "In loving memory", was trademaked recently and they are trying to sue us for selling our copyrighted works.

Marcos Garciaacosta answered on Feb 6, 2019

To do a proper assessment we would need to look at what is being sold, in what format, etc.

A trademark protects the use of words for specific products or services. The key test is whether a person would be confused and think the product you are selling comes from the affected party....
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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation for Iowa on

Q: Do we have a right to travel on road ways . Hasn't the supreme Court ruled on this is a number of cases??

Since my travel are not commercial related and it's for me to pursue life liberty and right to happiness I don't need a Iowa DOT license ?

Erik Luthens answered on Jan 29, 2019


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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Iowa on

Q: In the state of Iowa are there any time constraints as to how far back they can go to a prior charge for enhancement?

Specifically if a person had a theft 5th degree twice before in 2003. Then in 2018 another 5th degree theft and they enhanced it to theft 3rd due to the 2003 charges? Are there any time limitations as to how far back they can go to use previous charges to enhance a new one?

Katherine Sears answered on Jan 18, 2019

Enhancing a theft charge based on prior theft charges is a new one to me. The Iowa Code section that talks about degrees of theft is here: and I don't see any reference to enhancement.

Do you have a code section they've brought up or are you...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Iowa on

Q: pre trial conference for a simple misdemeanor, was wondering if i apply for an attorney do i get one right away

Or would i get another court date

Katherine Sears answered on Jan 17, 2019

Usually, if you're applying for an attorney at state expense, that's something you do at your initial appearance. If you have a PTC coming up and need to apply for counsel and have somehow not yet gotten that opportunity, call the clerk of court for whatever county this is in and ask how you can... Read more »

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