Criminal Fines, Fees and Surcharge Updates as of June 25, 2020

Over the past 10+ years, legal fines have stayed fairly consistent when it came to criminal and juvenile justice systems. On June 25, 2020, Governor Kim Reynolds signed into law Senate File 457 (SF457) which alters criminal fines and fees, modifies some funds and revenue allocations, and includes sections related to restitution ordered in criminal cases. The …

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Can I be Arrested without Physical Evidence of Guilt?

Unfortunately, the answer is yes, you can be arrested without physical evidence of guilt. However, the police must have probable cause before they can legally arrest you. Definition of Probable Cause The 4th Amendment requires probable cause before officers can receive a warrant, conduct a search of private property, or make an arrest. Though there is no …

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OWI vs DUI: Iowa’s Drunk Driving Laws

Many people assume that when you are arrested for drunk driving you always receive a DUI, or Driving Under the Influence. However, that is not the case in every state. In fact, when you’re arrested for drunk driving in Iowa, you’ll be charged with an OWI (Operating While Intoxicated), not DUI. Though both charges are very …

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New Iowa Expungement Law

New Iowa Expungement law goes into effect July 1, 2019; as part of Senate File 589. https://www.legis.iowa.gov/legislation/BillBook?ga=88&ba=SF589 Division I- Expungements: Section 1 allows persons who have been convicted of public intoxication, simulated public intoxication or public consumption under either the state law or a local ordinance, to have the conviction expunged two years after conviction …

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New Iowa Temporary Restricted License Law

Last year a new Iowa temporary restricted license law went into effect, drastically changing how temporary restricted licenses (TRL) work in Iowa. No Periods of Ineligibility Under the new Iowa temporary restricted license law, there are no periods of ineligibility. This means that almost everyone is eligible for a TRL immediately, regardless of age, test consent …

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