Assault While Displaying a Dangerous Weapon Reduced to Simple Misdemeanor Disorderly Conduct

Polk County, Iowa. The government accused a man of assaulting his girlfriend’s father with a dangerous weapon. Upon discovering that the alleged victim had motive to lie about what happened — he was angry about his white daughter dating the black defendant — and had moved into the defendant’s home without his permission during the…

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Iowa Code 815.1 Deemed Unconstitutional

Polk County, IA — A defendant charged with Sexual Abuse needed a court reporter to take depositions and a private investigator to collect evidence on their behalf. Unfortunately, Iowa Code 815.1 — which prevents defendants whose friends and family pay for their lawyers from getting state payment for these necessary services unless their lawyers earn…

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Polk County Felony Domestic Abuse Reduced to Misdemeanor

Polk County, Iowa. A defendant was facing Domestic Abuse Assault Third or Subsequent Offense. Third offense domestic is a Class D Felony. Iowa Code Section 708.2A(4) and 708.1(2) explain the charge. Instead of a felony, the defendant agreed to plead guilty to second offense domestic causing injury. Therefore, the plea was for an Aggravated Misdemeanor.…