Texting while driving in Iowa is now a primary offense. That means you can be stopped for sending or receiving a text message even if the officer has no other reason to stop you. “Siri–send a text message to my wife,” and “Siri–read my new text messages,” are still permitted, as Iowa’s new law (effective on July 1st) makes an exception for “voice-operated or hands-free devices” which allow the user to write, send, or view an electronic message “without the use of either hand except to activate or deactivate a feature or function.” Iowa’s tougher new laws go one step further to keep the roadways safe, making use of a cell phone to text while driving “prima facie evidence that the person was driving the motor vehicle in a reckless manner with willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property.” What does this mean for Iowa drivers? You better make Siri your BFF–if you injure or kill another person due to texting while driving, it will be much easier for prosecutors to send you to prison! For more information, click here.
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I’m looking for a volunteer to help review a wrongful conviction case. The work would involve a commitment of a year or more, reviewing court records and investigative files, and contacting old and new witnesses. If you are interested, email me with a statement of your interest and your background. You do not need to be from Iowa. [email protected]George B Jones-Facebook
Essex County District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett has instructed all of his prosecutors to stop using the results of the tests in pending cases, until further notice, after he and other district attorneys from around the state were notified of the situation last week, said Carrie Kimball Monahan, Blodgett’s spokeswoman.
To read the article click here: Breath results questioned
If you took and failed a breath test, you may have a defense based on these newly discovered flaws in the calibration of the machine. Call me today for experienced legal representation of your OWI charge.
Police must have reasonable suspicion to utilize a drug dog at a routine traffic stop–the U.S. Supreme Court ruled today in Rodriguez v. U.S.
Here’s why you need a lawyer who understands the use of expert witness testimony defending you when you are facing criminal charges–because the government often cannot be trusted to present unbiased scientific findings. You need your own experts to challenge the government’s “scientists” and hold their feet to the fire when they skew their findings in favor of the prosecution.
Click here to read about how FBI “scientists” skewed their conclusions in favor of the prosecution.
If you are facing serious criminal charges, call me today. I know how to use expert testimony to challenge the government’s so-called experts, and to present evidence of innocence or reasonable doubt to the jury. YOUR DEFENSE STARTS TODAY. CALL ME.
Will your court appointed lawyer give you quality legal representation?
Iowa has one of the most effective indigent defense program in the nation, despite the low pay provided to the many attorneys who represent indigent clients as part of their practice. Many experienced, well qualified attorneys work under contract with the State Public Defender, and provide quality legal services at a low price to the criminally accused. However, some contract attorneys are early in their legal careers and have not previously handled many serious felony cases. More importantly, many court appointed attorneys lack experience representing clients charged with serious sex offenses. Sex crimes are different than almost any other category of offenses because of the negative public sentiment and the minefield of collateral consequences that go along with conviction of most sex offenses in Iowa. Sex crimes are punished very severely in Iowa. On top of lengthy prison terms, many sex crimes carry lifetime supervision and registration requirements, as well as exclusion zones, and work and residency restrictions. If your court appointed attorney lacks a record of success in handling sex crime offenses, you should gather your financial resources and hire the best criminal defense attorney you can afford. Sex crimes are serious, with lifetime consequences to you and your family. Now is not the time to get by with less than the best legal representation you can afford.