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6 Iowa teens facing felony and misdemeanor charges

Being convicted of a crime at any age can carry serious, lifelong repercussions. For younger individuals, though, being found guilty of crimes such as a felony or drug charges can be especially ruinous, creating a criminal record where none existed before and affecting educational opportunities and many career paths. Whatever types of criminal accusations an individual is facing, it is important to secure effective representation in order to pursue the best possible outcome. When the accused individuals are not yet adults, the juvenile justice system typically has jurisdiction, although -- in some instances -- they may be tried as an adult in criminal court.

Six Iowa teenagers were arrested recently on accusations involving a string of burglaries, among other charges. According to police, the teens were supposedly linked to a series of crimes that started several months prior to the arrests. The first of these, which occurred back in August, was the burglary of a concession stand.

Drug possession or trafficking charges not to be taken lightly

Drug charges can potentially carry a severe sentence, even for a first offense. If the charges result in a conviction, the accused's life may be forever changed. Those facing these issues in Iowa will want to secure the services of a criminal defense attorney with experience in handling cases involving drug possession or trafficking.

Recently, four individuals were arrested on drug charges when a Mid-Iowa Drug Task Force searched a property based upon a narcotic search warrant. Allegedly, during the investigation, officers discovered evidence of meth use. Additionally, reports indicate that the police seized an undisclosed quantity of meth with a purported street value of up to $1,800, in addition to unspecified drug paraphernalia. Officers also say they located a stolen firearm in the course of executing the search warrant.

Benefits of an Iowa defense attorney when facing felony charges

When someone finds him or herself facing criminal charges in Iowa or any other state or federal jurisdiction, a decision about how to address the charges will need to be made. Regardless of whether misdemeanor or felony charges are involved, Iowa prosecutors have the burden of proving the formal accusations in court and beyond a reasonable doubt. That legal standard is often difficult to meet, even when the evidence initially appears to point toward a defendant's guilt.

In a recent incident in Iowa, the manager of a jewelry store was arrested on accusations that he stole over $50,000 from the business. Per the official complaint, he supposedly issued false returns for cash, in addition to taking merchandise from the store, allegedly netting him over $52,000. He is now facing one count of first-degree theft.

Iowa City woman faces felony, misdemeanor charges

When Iowa individuals find themselves facing criminal charges, they're not only dealing with the immediate stress of arrest, potential jail time and more, they're also looking at the long-term damage such accusations could mean for their futures. From white collar crimes to assault and battery, felony charges to misdemeanors, or other charges, the criminal justice system is far too often a stressful and frightening place, especially without the support and guidance of an experienced legal professional. A recently arrested Iowa City woman may be finding her own current situation to be similarly overwhelming.

According to Iowa City police, the woman has only just been recently arrested for an incident in which she was allegedly involved that occurred over a year and a half ago. In Jan. 2016, a large fight reportedly broke out amongst a group of people. When officers arrived on the scene, they supposedly discovered shattered glass, a broken shovel and a baseball bat amongst other debris they claim was used during the incident.

Iowa casino worker facing felony charge for alleged $10K theft

Despite the adage "innocent until proven guilty," even being accused of a crime often has serious repercussions on a person's life. For this reason, individuals who find themselves facing felony charges often choose to secure the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney. Taking immediate action to seek the support of a criminal defense professional often proves key to securing the most favorable outcome under any given set of circumstances.

An Iowa man was recently arrested on theft charges. The 32-year-old was accused of taking money from the casino where he was employed. Court records allege that he removed cash from the main bank area when he was working alone at approximately 4:45 one Saturday morning.

Get the facts on Iowa drug possession or trafficking of marijuana

With the many recent changes in laws in some states surrounding the usage of marijuana -- both medical and recreational -- residents of Iowa may be curious as to how they are affected. In 2014, Iowa did become one of only a handful of states at the time to legalize the possession and use of cannabidiol, a non-psychoactive extract of marijuana. However, even this remains subject to strict limitations. With few highly regulated exceptions, the substance is illegal, and individuals accused of having marijuana on their persons could find themselves facing charges of drug possession or trafficking.

Drug trafficking -- a legal term for cultivating, manufacturing, distributing and selling marijuana or other illicit substances -- is treated as a felony in Iowa. As such, it is punishable by prison sentences of up to 50 years. Various factors, including the location of the alleged sale, the amount of the substance and any prior history of criminal activity on the part of the accused are all factors that a judge will take into consideration for sentencing a defendant found guilty of marijuana trafficking.

Iowa woman accused of embezzlement of over $24,000

When someone in Iowa stands accused of a white collar crime, the investigation is an altogether different type than what might be involved in, say, a home burglary. There are rarely witnesses, fingerprints or other types of physical evidence. Rather, the investigation generally involves officials trying to build a case based mostly around paperwork. Such appears to be the situation in Iowa, where a woman is facing embezzlement charges.

The former business office manager stands accused of embezzling over $24,000 from her employer. Allegations claim that during the period between Jan. 2014 and Aug. 2016, she turned in fraudulent time cards, which resulted in overpayments totaling more than $10,000, as well as submitted documents with inaccurate accounts of hours worked and overtime owed. Additionally, the investigation claims the woman used a company credit card to pay for a variety of personal items and wrote unauthorized company checks to reimburse herself for similar personal purchases.

A guilty plea to Iowa criminal charges doesn't always mean guilt

Just because an Iowa resident pleads guilty in court doesn't necessarily mean that he or she is, in fact, guilty of illegal activity. Unfair as it may seem, it is not uncommon for individuals facing criminal charges to decide they would prefer to plead guilty, as doing so may result in a much quicker legal process. Additionally, the sentences for pleading guilty are often more lenient than if a defendant had chosen to plead innocent and then been convicted anyway.

An Iowa woman has recently filed a notice that she intends to plead guilty to the fraud charges she is facing. According to official reports, the woman stands accused of a federal charge of filing fraudulent invoices for highway project materials. This allegedly resulted in more than $800,000 in overcharges to the Iowa Department of Transportation.

Iowa man arrested on forgery charges, a class D felony

Felonies are a type of crime generally considered less violent or dangerous; in fact, while obviously illegal, some felonies are what many might term a "victimless" crime. In Iowa, even within the umbrella felony grouping, there is still a wide assortment of crimes, ranging from Class A felonies all the way down to Class D, the least serious. Though Class D felonies are sometimes considered minimal, they are still felonies and are thus subject to any and all potential attendant penalties.

An Iowa man was recently arrested on charges of forgery, a class D felony. The arrest was following a police investigation into a case involving a $2,000 insurance check. Investigating officials were advised that the stolen check had been forged and deposited at an ATM at the United Bank in Iowa.

Iowa mother and son enter differing pleas to drug charge

Just because someone pleads guilty to criminal charges in Iowa doesn't necessarily mean he or she actually is guilty. Accused individuals may plead guilty for crimes they didn't commit for any number of reasons, such as to avoid the potential for a significantly longer sentence. Especially with the laws and regulations surrounding marijuana so in flux currently on a nationwide level, it's difficult to guess what sentence might be forthcoming for a drug charge like marijuana possession, if the accused was found guilty.

A recent case in Iowa involves such charges against two individuals, a mother and son. The pair were arrested on March 30 on accusations of growing marijuana after local Sheriff's deputies searched their home. Allegedly, the deputies discovered marijuana plants, growing lamps and other necessary supplies, which the 34-year-old son stands accused of purchasing using his grandfather's credit card.

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