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Criminal Defense

Initial Appearance

Initial Appearance The initial appearance is the first formal contact that a defendant in a criminal case has with the court system. What happens when I am arrested? In Iowa, a person must be brought before a judge without unnecessary delay after they are arrested....

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When can the record of a criminal charge be expunged from a person's record? We receive a lot of inquiries about expungement of criminal charges from a person's record. Iowa law generally does not provide a method for expungement of criminal charges except in a few...

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Miranda Warnings

Miranda Warnings One of the most frequent things I am told by new clients is that they were not read their Miranda rights when they were arrested. Implicit in this statement is a question, "does the fact that I was not read the Miranda warnings mean anything for my...

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