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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 Car Accidents and Traffic Tickets for Iowa on

Q: We have a neighbor who parks his semi on the side of a gravel road. Is there anything to make him stop?

It is difficult to get other machinery down the road and unsafe for general traffic.

Peter N. Munsing answered on Jan 9, 2019

If it obstructs traffic on a public road yes.

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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 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 Car Accidents and Traffic Tickets for Iowa on

Q: First car accident ever and am being required to retest with the DOT to keep my license. Do I have any recourse?

I was in my first accident since I began driving at the age of 16 (I am 33 now). I did not receive a moving violation for this accident, but am now being required to retake all tests (written, driving, vision, hearing) with the DOT in order to keep my license. Is this normal or is this something... Read more »

Stephen Douglas Lombardi answered on Jan 4, 2018

It's normal if you are a member of the Congressional majority. Without seeing/reading what you have there isn't any way for a lawyer to give you an complete answer.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Civil Litigation and Traffic Tickets for Iowa on

Q: My 17 year old son took a truck and hit another car. Then left the scene. The other couple has liability what do we do.

He was charged and does have a job. We have had way to many issues with him. Does he have to pay this or what are our options we cannot pay all of the estimate in one try.

Stephen Douglas Lombardi answered on Nov 19, 2017

The facts are not clearly stated, which makes answering your question difficult. I have been a lawyer for thirty-six years and a father for longer than that. Here is my advice: 1. Yes, he has to pay. 2. Make him get a job and repay anything you have to pay on his behalf. 3. Ground him and take away... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Iowa on

Q: I passed a stopped school bus and am under the age of 18 and was wondering about the consequences?

I passed a school bus accidently. I didn't see any children exiting and saw the stop sign unfolding after I passed. I slowed down immediately and later pulled over to call local schools and the dot to report the issue.

Stephen Douglas Lombardi answered on Oct 4, 2017

If the facts are as you describe them, nothing will happen. If the facts are different in terms of the timing of the sign unfolding you may receive a citation for failing to stop. Were you on your cell phone texting? It is not an excuse, at least not a valid one, but you might consider the question... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for Iowa on

Q: Need advice on a traffic incident that was "setup".

I was involved in a traffic incident where a person claimed i scratched their car, which i did not. The police decided not to give me a ticket either. Where this is at, at the moment, is the iowa d.o.t. is going to suspend my license if I dont deposit $1,500 with their office in the next few days,... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing answered on Aug 6, 2017

Unfortnately, the way most statutes run, you don't have insurance and someone claims you are at fault, even if you win you can be suspended. If the cops wrote it up, get a copy of the report. They are asking it sounds like for a security deposit. You want to argue, pay the deposit.

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1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI and Traffic Tickets for Iowa on

Q: If I got any DUI and I got my license back in January I behave gotten two speeding tickets will this affect my probation

It says in the paper they sent me I can't get any kind of moving violations.

Freddy Woods answered on May 2, 2017

Any subsequent arrests that you have while on probation could result in a probation violation. Consult a lawyer to defend you at the hearing. If you do not have counsel and you are violated at the hearing, the judge could sentence you to serve the amount of time hanging over your head that was... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for Iowa on

Q: Where can i find past court cases regarding "failure to maintain control" moving violaltions?

I Was cited for moving violation called failure to maintain control, in my situation i had a mechanical failure and i need some past court case information about a similar situation thats been dismissed as a result

Peter N. Munsing answered on Apr 4, 2017

Suggest you go to your county courthouse's law library, ask the librarian to help you if you don't want to get with an attorney. You should look for a mechanic to verify the "mechanical failure." Look up "sudden emergency doctrine" if you are on a d.i.y. kick.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Iowa on

Q: My 16 yr old daughter was ticketed for 20 over the speed limit in Illinois. She holds an Iowa license. Consequences?

Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Oct 31, 2015

Most states have entered into interstate compacts regarding driver licensing. If she is convicted in Illinois, and if she ignores it, eventually she will loose her Illinois license.

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