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Self Representation for Criminal Defendants

Criminal Law >> Iowa Criminal Process >> Self Representation Self representation at a criminal trial? There are a number of ways you can deal with a criminal trial. Most commonly, people hire an experienced attorney. Occasionally, people represent themselves “pro se”. This article will address some of the rights and steps associated with self representation.…

Insanity Defense in Iowa

Criminal Law >> Iowa Criminal Process >> Insanity Defense Mental Health and the Insanity Defense If you’ve had mental health issues in the past and are charged with a crime, you may have wondered about whether the insanity defense could help you. The answer is, with very few exceptions, probably not. After John Hinckley tried…

Police Searches Aren’t Always Okay

Criminal Law >> Iowa Criminal Process >> Search and Seizure Evidence Suppression for Case Dismissal If you’ve been charged with a crime in Iowa, your attorney will consider the details of your case before advising you about what to do. Many police searches require warrants, but some don’t.  If police did something wrong, some evidence…