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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Expungeable Offenses in Iowa

If you have been convicted of public intoxication or PAULA (Possession of Alcohol Under the Legal Age) you can get these charges expunged from your record in the state of Iowa. Requirements for Expungement To get your public intoxication or PAULA charge expunged, you must go 2 years (from the date of your conviction) without any law …

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What is Accessory?

You don’t always have to be the one who commits a crime to be charged with a criminal offense. Just assisting someone who you know will commit or who has already committed a crime is grounds for arrest and imprisonment. An accessory is someone who assists or encourages or facilitates a crime, or knowingly helps …

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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 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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