Category: Misdemeanors

Providing Alcohol to a Minor Dismissed at Trial
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  ~  March 10, 2021
A client was accused of supplying alcohol to a minor.  The police claimed that the defendant had confessed to the offense. However, the defendant’s conversation with the police was on video and did not include a confession. At trial, the prosecution agreed to dismiss the charge as long as the defendant isn’t convicted of another […]
Des Moines Prostitution Lawyer
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  ~  December 6, 2020
Iowa Prostitution Lawyer It's illegal in Iowa to sell your services as a partner in a sex act. Prostitution in Iowa is an aggravated misdemeanor. If the State accuses you of a crime, you need an Iowa prostitution lawyer.   “Our obligation is to define the liberty of all, not to mandate our own moral […]
Probation on Animal Neglect in Cat Hoarding Case
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  ~  September 4, 2020
Polk County, Iowa. The Animal Rescue League and the government accused someone of hoarding cats. The government charged the defendant with numerous counts of serious misdemeanor and simple misdemeanor animal neglect. The defendant entered an Alford plea. An Alford plea allows a person to state that they are innocent but want to accept a plea […]
Domestic Abuse Assault Dismissed At Trial
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  ~  September 4, 2020
Carroll County, Iowa. The government charged a man with domestic abuse assault. Defense attorney Katherine Sears raised the issue of self defense. The prosecutor dismissed the charges the morning of trial, after the jury pool had been seated. Do you need a lawyer? If you want me to represent you when you are charged with […]
Page County Assault Causing Injury Dismissed
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  ~  September 4, 2020
Page County, Iowa. The government accused a defendant of Assault Causing Bodily Injury, a serious misdemeanor. They claimed the defendant punched the alleged victim in the face after the alleged victim made disparaging racial remarks. The alleged victim had a gun and discharged a round of ammunition. Attorney Katherine Sears filed notice of intent to […]
Unlawful Assembly Attorney in Iowa
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  ~  June 4, 2020
You have the right to peaceful assembly! People protest the state for good reasons. The government isn't always very nice. Some police protect people. Some police murder people. Sometimes, the government takes steps to protect bad cops. Even if your protest was nice, cops might say that you violated lawful orders. It's important to take […]
Des Moines Criminal Defense Lawyer for Riot
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  ~  June 3, 2020
If you've been accused of participating in a violent or destructive assembly, whether in pursuit of long-awaited and millenia-overdue racial equality or because you were real mad that a sports team did or didn't win a game, you may find yourself charged with Riot, an aggravated misdemeanor in violation of Iowa Code Section 723.1. You […]
Expunge Iowa Misdemeanors - NEW!
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  ~  April 22, 2020
Previously, most Iowa crimes sentenced in adult court were not eligible for expungement. ("Expungement" is when a part of your record gets sealed in a way that means it isn't readily visible to the public anymore.) In order to have an offense expunged from your Iowa record, it had to be one of a very […]
Disorderly Conduct
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  ~  January 2, 2020
Disorderly conduct is a simple misdemeanor, which means it's one of the smallest offenses you can be charged with. Nonetheless, if you want to keep your criminal record clean, this is still a charge worth fighting -- and depending on what kind of disorderly conduct you're accused of committing, there are some solid First Amendment […]
Domestic Abuse Assault
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  ~  December 29, 2019
Misdemeanor or felony domestic abuse assault charges can be an uphill battle. Sometimes, domestic abusers call the police. They want to punish victims who have called the police in the past. Maybe they call to prove that they are in control of what happens. If your abuser frames you as the bad guy, you need […]
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