License Revocation

Iowa no longer revokes drivers’ licenses for most drug possession convictions.   However, what few realize is if you have had your driver’s license revoked for a drug-related conviction, and it is still revoked as a result, you probably can have it reinstated, because the law is retroactive.   Iowa House File 2502, signed into law …

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What to Expect at Your Arraignment

If you are arrested and formal charges are filed, the first court appearance you make is at your arraignment (and/or case management conference). This is the time you will enter your plea to the charge(s) against you, declaring if you plead guilty or not guilty. Typically you will be advised of the charges in writing …

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What is Implied Consent?

As a condition of your ability to drive in the state of Iowa, the law implies that you agree to consent to the withdrawal of a specimen of your breath, urine, and sometimes blood to determine the level of alcohol or other substances in your system, if certain predicate circumstances exist, i.e. there are reasonable …

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What You Need to Know About Coerced Confessions

A coerced confession is one that is not given voluntarily. This can be a result of physical intimidation, threats, or unlawful promises of better treatment. Iowa Coerced Confession Law In Iowa, the police are strictly prohibited from threatening worse treatment or promising better treatment to obtain your confession or get you to talk. Iowa Courts have …

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Was the Proposed Iowa Supermajority Bill Unconstitutional?

Proposed but failed legislation would have required the Iowa Supreme Court have a supermajority to rule an Iowa statute unconstitutional. This legislation would have required five of the seven Iowa Supreme Court justices to agree. Interestingly enough, the proposed bill may have been unconstitutional. It is likely that an amendment to the Iowa constitution would have to be made …

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