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.
The man was charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, to which he entered a guilty plea. His sentencing will take place on Aug. 16. While the son pleaded guilty, his 58-year-old mother has pleaded not guilty.
She stands accused of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, as well as failure to affix a drug tax stamp and dependent adult abuse. Without further details or information into what sort of evidence prosecutors will use to try to uphold their case, it is difficult to guess what sort of defense her counsel might employ. However, it is up to the state to provide the burden of proof, and in cases such as this, the representation of a knowledgeable Iowa criminal defense attorney can prove invaluable to anyone facing any type of drug charge.
Source: siouxcityjournal.com, "Man pleads guilty to growing marijuana", Nick Hytrek, July 5, 2017