Iowa Supreme Court rules that proof of the mailing of the notice informing a driver that he or she is barred from driving is not an essential element of the aggravated misdemeanor crime of driving while barred.

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Iowa Supreme Court holds that a claim of actual innocence may be made on appeal (post-conviction relief) even though the Defendant pled guilty.

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Iowa Supreme Court rules that a conviction of robbery under an aiding and abetting theory requires proof of knowledge of or intent regarding the dangerous weapon or gun.

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After hearing, the Iowa Department of Transportation has rescinded my client’s drivers license revocation, ruling that the prescription drug defense applied.

Application for a no contact order is dismissed, and a temporary order canceled when at trial the alleged victim was not able to prove my client committed any assault.

State dismisses disorderly conduct charge against my client when it became evident my client was engaging in self defense and was the victim, not a perpetrator.

 

The U.S. Supreme Court has held that a defendant who has plead guilty to a crime can still appeal and challenge his conviction if the appeal alleges that the conviction violates the Constitution (i.e. the statute was unconstitutional).

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Before a no contact order is extended, a Defendant/Respondent must be given the opportunity to prove by a preponderance of the evidence that he or she no longer poses a threat to the victim. If that burden is met, then the no contact order must be terminated.

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Iowa Supreme Court confirms that the preliminary breath test result (pbt) is inadmissible in the OWI context, even if the pbt was taken by a probation officer, and even if the Defendant made admissions of guilt.

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For an admission of a prior offense for enhancement purposes to be valid, the court must engage in a specific colloquy with a defendant to ensure that the admission is knowingly and voluntarily made.

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Iowa Supreme Court holds that indecent exposure under Iowa code section 709.9 requires an in-person exposure, as opposed to transmission of a photograph.

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State dismisses felony drug charge against my client. The case was well beyond the statute of limitations, and the evidence had been destroyed.