While often a non-violent crime, being convicted of drug charges in Iowa can still carry major repercussions, including a criminal record even where none existed before. A conviction regarding charges of felony or misdemeanor possession can follow an individual for decades. Unfortunately for one 22-year-old, this is just the situation he is now facing.
The Muscatine man was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped on Jan. 8 for an expired registration. During the stop, the man was purportedly found to be in possession of over a half pound (242.6 grams, to be exact) of a substance that supposedly smelled like marijuana, per the criminal complaint. A preliminary hearing was scheduled to take place on Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 9 a.m., though the results of the hearing were not reported at the time of this article.
Reportedly, the defendant faces with multiple criminal charges. Among these is possession of a controlled substance, which is a class D felony. He also faces another class D felony charge of one count of drug tax stamp violation. In addition, he is charged with a misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance.
Anyone in Iowa who finds him or herself facing charges of felony or misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance, drug trafficking or similar drug charges may benefit from contacting a criminal defense attorney. A lawyer with experience in similar cases will work to protect the client's legal rights. An experienced criminal defense lawyer will focus on strategies to achieve the best possible results under the circumstances.
Source: muscatinejournal.com, "Muscatine man to face felony drug charges", Emily Wenger, Jan. 17, 2017