Iowa Drug Charges

Iowa drug charges can be rough. The State treats both recreational drug use and drug addiction like criminal issues rather than social and health concerns. When they accuse you, you need an Iowa drug defense lawyer. A criminal defense attorney will help you understand criminal law.

If you've been accused, you need an Iowa criminal defense attorney for your controlled substance possession charges.

Accused of having illegal drugs? The Iowa Code is rife with drug possession charges and the local county sheriff's office is ready to enforce them. If you're facing arrest, have been arrested, or have already been charged, it's important to understand what you're facing. In Iowa, even simple possession and drug paraphernalia crimes could get you picked up by the police and put in the Polk county jail just north of Des Moines Iowa. A gram or two of weed might seem like no big deal, but someone at the county attorney's office is waiting to make sure you get at least the minimum sentence for marijuana possession.

Intent is an important part of drug defense. The State has to prove the intent element of the offense in order to convict you. If you didn't knowingly possess a controlled substance, you may have a defense.

Iowa marijuana defense is complicated. As of early 2022, the Iowa House of Representatives has introduced a bill that would expand Iowa's medical cannabidiol program. If the bill passes as written, it would make medical marijuana legal in Iowa. As it stands, Iowa's medical cannabis program is limited to cannabidiol. Cannabidiol is "marijuana" under Iowa law, but not all marijuana is necessarily cannabidiol.

There has been ongoing confusion and frustration at trial court level over the question of what products medical marijuana patients will be prosecuted for when they travel through Iowa. The Iowa Supreme Court may soon decide whether or not an out of state medical cannabis card constitutes a "prescription" under Iowa's law prohibiting marijuana possession. Under Iowa Code Section 124.401(5), it is not a crime to possess a controlled substance obtained from a valid prescription.

History of Cannabis Criminalization

Harry Anslinger and the Reefer Madness era gave rise to the criminalization of marijuana, " a psychoactive drug from the Cannabis plant used for medical or recreational purposes ." Later, in his quest to subdue the hippies and anti-war types, Richard Nixon pushed for heavier penalties.

Today, marijuana use is widespread, with numerous states legalizing the substance to reap tax benefits. Iowa, however, is still willing to lock you up for possession of marijuana. Marijuana is likely the most common of the Iowa drug charges.

Leaving Iowa aside for a minute, federal law still doesn't look kindly at marijuana possesstion. While you might expect that in 2020, we would have different financial priorities, federal agents are still getting paid to get people like you arrested for violating marijuana laws . MINE, the Mid-Iowa Narcotics Enforcement Task Force , is a federally funded undercover enforcement task force.

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In Iowa, marijuana possession first offense is a serious misdemeanor. Unlike many other serious misdemeanors , the penalty for this drug crime is up to 6 months in jail and a fine of up to $1000.

Later possession offenses are more serious, especially if you've ever been convicted of other possession of controlled substances crimes or if you've been convicted of a tax stamp violation.

Additionally, if you are trafficking drugs, you may be accused of violent crime. Possession of a firearm can make your situation much more serious. Often, clients need criminal defense lawyers to explain how these enhancements work.

Can the State prove that you knowingly possessed marijuana? What if you had such a small amount that it's reasonable to conclude that you didn't know it was there? What if they didn't test it? What if they did test it, but in used glassware that hadn't been autoclaved or in a facility that didn't have adequate cross-contamination protocols? Can they prove intent?

If you're accused of possession of marijuana or drug trafficking, you need an Iowa drug crimes lawyer.

First, Iowa methamphetamine defense can be a messy subject. Methamphetamine is an illegal stimulant. This illegal drug is often concocted in large laboratories in Mexico or in smaller (and often very dangerous) domestic laboratories.

Next, there are two types of possession: actual possession and constructive possession. Constructive possession of crystal meth is punished the same way as actual possession.

Your methamphetamine possession case could be further complicated if you're accused of manufacturing meth, having or making meth in a place where children live, or conspiring to deliver methamphetamine. Drug cases can result in prison or loss of child custody. Call an Iowa methamphetamine defense lawyer for a free consultation when you've been charged with a methamphetamine crime.

Possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) is an Iowa drug charge. Additionally, methamphetamine salts or an isomer could get you in trouble.

Cocaine is an illegal stimulant derived from the coca plant.  Penalties for cocaine possession are different depending on whether you're accused of having crack cocaine or powder cocaine.

Cocaine is highy addictive, like fentanyl. Cocaine is a schedule II drug, so the prescription drug defense may rarely apply. Depending on the specifics, a mandatory minimum sentence may apply to some crimes involving drug manufacturing or drug distribution. Contact us for assistance with your Iowa cocaine defense.

Iowa alcohol crimes defense is a pervasive need in Iowa. Whether you just had too much alcohol in public or whether you are accused of drunk driving, Iowa alcohol charges can affect your life.

Alcohol is ubiquitous in our society. It's everywhere - from the corner gas station to the strip club to the grocery store to extracurricular activities. (Lookin' at you, law school.) It's so widely available and commonly consumed that people often overlook its harmful potential - and the likelhood of getting arrested for having too much at the wrong time and place.

Sometimes, just being under the influence of alcohol can be a crime. If you feel like Iowa public intoxication rules are too fuzzy to put you on notice of when drinking will break the law, you're not alone - and you should talk to an Iowa alcohol crimes lawyer to argue the issue for you.


Operating While Intoxicated is a very common charge in Iowa - possibly the most common charge in Iowa. Iowa DUI charges come with a heavy price tag, including the need for SR-22 insurance filings and ignition interlock devices. A DUI charge could affect your job. Whether or not you're of legal age, an OWI charge is serious. One sip too many of an alcoholic beverage could change your life. You should call an Iowa drunk driving defense attorney. after your OWI arrest before deciding whether or not to submit to a chemical test.

You may lose your driver's license after an OWI conviction. In order to drive, you will need a temporary restricted license. An experienced attorney can provide guidance before you enter a guilty plea.

A second offense DUI is an aggravated misdemeanor. It comes with a mandatory minimum sentence of a week in jail.

A third offense OWI is a felony. Criminal penalties include at least 30 days in jail.

Other alcohol offenses

Other offenses, like Providing Alcohol to a Minor, Minor in Possession (MIP), and Boating While Intoxicated can also have a significant impact on your life. You may need a substance abuse evaluation even if they only accuse you of a simple misdemeanor.

If your drunken driving causes a death, you committed vehicular homicide. There is no possibility of deferred judgment or of a suspended sentence after an OWI homicide conviction.

Iowa heroin crimes defense is becoming a bigger need. Drug offenses involving heroin upset many people. Even if you're not guilty, you may find that your drug case makes people nervous. If you get caught near a lot of heroin, a police officer might accuse you of possession with intent to distribute. Alternatively, they might accuse you of conspiracy.

Once considered a big city problem, heroin is sweeping through Iowa.

Many heroin users come by their addictions through prescription pain pills, like hydrocodone and Oxycodone, that were prescribed to them for pain management.  These substances are addictive, though. As people continue to use opiods, their tolerance and dependency increase. Their doctor may stop prescribing the painkillers, leading people to buy prescription medications from drug dealers or to switch from pain pills to other substances, like heroin.

If you're dependent on prescription opioids or addicted to heroin, you may need help. Many of us have seen friends or family members overdose and die. The Iowa Department of Public Health may be able to connect you to behavioral counseling options, along with providers for medications including naltrexone, methadone, and buprenorphine.

If you have a heroin problem, you need help, not jail -- but the State of Iowa is going to try to take your freedom and your bank account.  Jail time and fines follow from a heroin conviction.  Substance-dependent persons are likely to relapse, violate probation, and end up in even deeper trouble.

Look into treatment options to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your interests -- and call an Iowa heroin possession lawyer right away.

Penalties for possession of prescription drugs without a valid prescription are more severe than you might think.

Penalties for possession of prescription drugs without a valid prescription are more severe than you might think. If your drug possession charge involves prescription fraud or unlawful possession of a prescription medication, you need an Iowa possession of prescription defense lawyer.

PCP (phencyclidine or "angel dust") " may cause hallucinations, distorted perceptions of sounds, and violent behavior." PCP is a controlled dangerous substance. Prosecutors take it seriously.

A drug trafficking offense could be a class c felony or a class b felony. Federal drug crime can be even more onerous.

Contact an Iowa PCP defense lawyer. Please note that we do not presently offer representation on federal drug charges.

"Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), also known as acid, is a hallucinogenic drug." (Wikipedia)

The government estimates that 10% of people have tried LSD.  The CIA tried to use it for mind control.

It is not (or, at least, was not) illegal for the government to experiment on people with LSD, some of whom did not or could not consent, but it is very illegal for you to have LSD.  An Iowa LSD defense lawyer can help you evaluate your situation. Some LSD crimes involve a potential prison sentence.

Admit to nothing. Call an LSD possession lawyer in Ankeny, Iowa now. 

The government is finally (reluctantly) considering the efficacy of psilocybin for treating various conditions (namely PTSD.)

In 2019, Denver, Colorado, voted to decriminalize mushrooms.

In 2019, Iowa Representative Jeff Shipley introduced a bill to legalize mushrooms for medical use.  (That bill went nowhere.  Write to your local legislator to push them for attention.)

While by any science, shrooms appear to be safer by miles than most mind-altering substances  -- including alcohol, tobacco, and caffeine -- Iowa still wants to put you in jail and fine you thousands of dollars if they catch you with them.  Why?  Because our government feels entitled to micromanage your mind and body.

If you're charged with possession of psilocybin, fight it.  Say nothing.  Call an Iowa criminal lawyer.

Possessing ecstasy (also called "molly" or "MDMA") can result in Iowa drug charges.

Possessing amphetamines (including dextroamphetamines and brand-name or generic versions of Adderall) can lead to Iowa drug charges if you don't have a valid prescription.

Drug DUI


A defendant accused of simple possession of illegal drugs will often also be accused of possession of drug paraphernalia.

It seems like many people are willing to plead to paraphernalia with no actual showing of guilt by the government.

In order to convict you of possession of drug paraphernalia under Iowa code 124.414, the government will have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you materials used or attempted to be used with a controlled substance.  It is significant that the statute does not prohibit possession of equipment or paraphernalia that were intended for use with a controlled substance.

If there’s no residue in that bong, how will they prove that it was used with pot?  If there is residue in that bong, have they proven that that residue is marijuana residue?  Will the lab analyst actually show up for a paraphernalia trial?

Even if they prove that the pipe has been used with a controlled substance, can they prove that you knowingly or intentionally possessed paraphernalia?  What if you had the pipe as an art piece?  What if you had it intending to use it – which isn’t illegal under the statute, remember? – but believing that it never had been used?

If the government accuses you of possessing paraphernalia, there may be ways to get to reasonable doubt.

We can help you figure out what to do about your Iowa drug charges in Des Moines, Polk County, Ankeny, Ames, Johnston, West Des Moines, Waukee, Saylorville, Bondurant, Altoona, Clive, Grimes, Pleasant Hill, Story County, Boone County, Marshall County, Dallas County, Jasper County, Madison County, Warren County, Marion County, Wapello County, Davis County, Ottumwa, Bloomfield, Iowa City, Council Bluffs, and the rest of Iowa.

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