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What constitutes a white collar crime in Iowa?

In Iowa and elsewhere, there are a number of criminal charges people can face, from serious felonies to relatively minor misdemeanors. People may have heard the term "white collar crime," but they may not be exactly certain what that means. What, exactly, is a white collar crime? Perhaps more importantly, what might someone accused of such a crime expect to face?

White collar crime is an umbrella term that generally applies to any type of alleged illegal activity motivated by financial gain and usually committed through deceit in a non-violent manner. Commonly, white collar crimes involve fraud or embezzlement; more specifically, they include things like insider trading, tax evasion, money laundering and insurance fraud. In fact, a great number of white collar crimes are various types of fraud.

Iowa city woman accused of felony, misdemeanors after brawl

Far too often, what actually occurred during any incident involving alleged illegal activity boils down to who says what. Of course, sometimes there are cameras or multiple witnesses, but other times it's difficult for police and court officials to be certain of exactly what occurred, which is only one reason a seasoned criminal defense attorney can be so invaluable. A lawyer's knowledge and experience can be crucial in a situation such as a recent case involving an Iowa City woman who is facing multiple charges, including a felony.

According to Iowa City police, officers were summoned one afternoon last month after receiving reports of a brawl. The melee reportedly involved multiple people and weapons, including knives and a baseball bat. When police arrived on the scene, however, most of those involved had supposedly fled, leaving only the alleged victims of the incident behind.

An Iowa drug charge is no small matter, regardless of amount

Despite current legal changes and uncertainties on both a state and federal level surrounding marijuana regulations and policies, drug charges are no small matter, regardless of any extenuating circumstances. Even for a drug charge involving a small amount of marijuana and no other substances, current laws mean that being convicted on misdemeanor possession charges can result in the creation of a criminal record where none may have existed previously. In a recent alleged incident in Iowa, the amount in question is not one most individuals would consider small, either.

According to Iowa City police, the incident began when a suspect was reportedly observed speeding and failing to stop at a stop sign. When officers gave chase, they claim a passenger from the back of the truck exited the vehicle. They say their pursuit continued until the truck crashed into a yard after running another stop sign.

Iowa men face charges of drug possession or trafficking, more

Criminal charges of any sort are never a trivial matter, but federal charges are especially serious. In Iowa, five men were arrested over the fall and were recently charged in federal court. The individuals now find themselves facing a number of criminal charges, among them drug possession or trafficking.

A federal grand jury indicted two of the individuals on possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance and conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance. The two men stand accused by police of having conspired to distribute meth. One of the men is additionally facing charges for possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, per court documents.

Iowa man faces up to 5 years if convicted of tire-slashing felony

Being charged with a felony is serious business. In Iowa, a conviction could result in a state prison sentence of two years or more, even up to life imprisonment for some violent crimes. Nevertheless, anyone accused of felony is fully protected by the presumption of innocence and other legal rights that accrue to anyone accused of a crime in this state.

In Iowa City, an arrest warrant was recently issued for a man who will be facing felony charges. He stands accused by police of slashing tires with a pocket knife in a series of incidents that spanned several days in November. Police report that, in total, 42 tires were destroyed in the Iowa City area during this time period.

Update on the September 24, 2017 Travel Ban

On Monday the Supreme Court issued orders (here and here) permitting the government to enforce the September 24, 2017 travel ban (the text can be found here). Until yesterday, the government was not permitted to fully enforce the travel ban due to preliminary injunctions issued in cases challenging the executive order implementing the travel ban. The information set out below is a general description of the current state of the travel ban. Please contact my office if you have additional questions regarding whether it applies to your specific situation. Additionally, the travel ban is the subject of ongoing litigation, so who it applies to and what effect it has on people entering the United States from certain countries may change in the future.

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