Iowa Criminal Laws
Our legal system does not truly focus on if a person committed a crime or not, but rather if it can be shown to a jury that a named defendant committed a particular crime. Whether you feel you did what you are accused of or not you will need an attorney to help you determine if the state is going to be able to show a jury that you are guilty. If they can, then the next question is did the state do something wrong in obtaining the evidence the state will need to show guilt at trial. Our law says that if the police officers made legal mistakes in their work then everything they obtain after the violation will be thrown out. It is therefore critical to make sure that if mistakes were made that they are brought to the attention of the court so our clients can enjoy the full protections of the law and avoid a conviction.
The law allows and in fact demands such a remedy for defendants. If the officer did follow the law and the state can show guilt then it is imperative that a defendant have an attorney to minimize the damage the matter will have on the client, as criminal changes in Iowa carry with them a broad range of penalties. What a judge does to a “guilty” defendant can range from long jail or prison sentences to avoiding of a conviction altogether with an expungement. How the judge will decide to punish a defendant will focus on numerous issues and making sure the judge is aware of all the positive factors in your favor and sees that all the negative factors are explained or clarified, is critical.
We help our clients through all facets of the case. We are there to guide our clients from initial steps to prevent destruction of key favorable evidence and making sure that the state follows their testing procedures, to handling preliminary court hearings. We then undertake the long and important process of determining through meticulous review and analysis of discovery material, if the state has enough evidence to prevail at trial. We also use our own investigators and depositions to determine if there exists favorable evidence that shows our client’s innocence. Of course when it is favorable to our clients, we make their voice heard at trial to make sure that the Jury understands, after we present our case, that the state has failed to meet their burden and the only option for the jury is to acknowledge doubt and find our clients not guilty.
Our lawyers have fought for our clients in more than 100 jury trials and have taken our clients cases to the Iowa Supreme Court multiple times. We have also helped our clients with thousands of criminal cases that could have had life changing outcomes had the client’s case not been handled properly. Criminal cases are too important to trust anyone but an experienced law firm.
It is critical that a lawyer be involved in the case as soon as possible as many protections afforded each citizen come with time constraints that if violated will cause that right to disappear. Rights to file motions to produce; motions to suppress; motions in limine; requests for depositions and many other key aspects of criminal law representation come with time limits to invoke. Don’t miss out on what could be the key aspect of your defense by waiting to consult with an attorney. Call us for a free consultation today.
Why Do You Need An Attorney?
These questions, if not handled properly, could result in an unnecessary conviction.
- Did the officer violate a rule that could lead to a judge throwing out key evidence against you?
- Was there probable cause under Iowa law?
- Was the officer’s testing or evidence gathering methods performed correctly?
- Were your rights violated?
- Were you allowed to call an attorney, a friend, a relative and when? Did this violate Iowa Code Section 804.20
- How to obtain copies of all police reports?
- How to obtain copies of all videos from the police vehicle?
- How to obtain copies of 911 and dispatch tapes before they are destroyed?
- What motions do you need to file in Court to protect your rights?
- Do I qualify for a Deferred Judgment or any reductions in legal penalties?
- How do I get a stay to stop the revocation of my driver’s license so I can still drive given the 10 day deadline?