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Iowa man facing 5 counts of felony identity theft

An Iowa man is facing multiple counts of felony identity theft. The Osceola business owner has been charged with five counts of felony, each a class D because of the amounts involved. Per the Iowa Department of Transportation's Bureau of Investigation and Identity Protection, if he is convicted, the defendant would be subject to provisions prohibiting him from owning or even working for a licensed motor vehicle dealer in the state of Iowa in the future.

Iowa woman accused of embezzlement of over $500,000

In small businesses and small towns, there seems to be a growing trend of employees accused of taking advantage of the trust their employers place in them. In one Iowa town, the government offices are reeling after being alerted to inconsistencies in the accounting records. The former city clerk is now facing embezzlement charges.

Son charged with felony arson of father's home

The delicate balance of families can be tipped for many reasons. In some cases, those family members who are at odds either try to get along or simply go their own ways. There are those situations, however, that stir such powerful emotions that some may react with violence. In Iowa, one young man is facing felony counts after allegedly lashing out in a destructive manner at his father.

Trafficking of guns leads to almost 30-year prison for Iowa man

There are a great number of federal laws governing thousands of situations. Given all of these offenses, it is easy to make a mistake during a variety of business transactions that could lead to criminal liability and prosecution. Of course, matters involving drugs, whether illegal, like marijuana or heroin, or prescription, can result in prosecutions and sentences ranging from minor to severe.

Iowa legislature reduces drug sentences

Criminal justice reform is very difficult. This session, the Iowa legislature has passed the first "significant" sentencing reform in years. The changes to the sentencing laws will allow some drug offenders to be paroled after serving half their term, allowing the parole board greater discretion when reviewing cases.

What is an infamous crime?

The criminal justice system contains many disincentives to commit a crime. There is the potential embarrassment with being arrested by the police, spending time in jail, obtaining bail, going through a trial or plea bargain, and if convicted, spending additional time in prison or on probation.

Stun guns: are you in violation of the law?

Statutory definitions can be very specific or vague, depending on the whim of the legislature. Of course, they cannot be too vague, as that can lead to their being found unconstitutional because of that vagueness. For a law to be meaningfully applied to a person, they should have some possibility of understanding that it applies to them.

Forfeiture bill receives hearing in Iowa Senate Committee

Last year, a report by an Iowa newspaper found issues with the way in which some law enforcement agencies throughout the state were using the criminal forfeiture laws. In some cases, police departments and sheriff's offices were using forfeiture laws as a means of gathering cash to operate elements of their departments, and because of the way these laws function, they could practically "shakedown" citizens they stopped for any cash they discovered in their vehicle.

Study find false confessions can result from sleep deprivation

If you have been arrested by the police, or if you are merely part of an investigation, the police are likely to interrogate you. They may tell you that they would like you to come down to the police station and talk, or they may bring you into custody and engage in a more formal interrogation, complete with Miranda warnings.

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