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A person's rights when police conduct a search

If an Iowa resident is suspected of committing a crime, police may search his or her home or seize property if it is evidence of that crime. However, there are limits to how far the government may go to collect this evidence. The Fourth Amendment to the Constitution says that only reasonable searches and seizures may be conducted. For instance, a search may generally not be conducted without probable cause.

This means that there is a high likelihood that a crime has taken place and that a search will uncover proof that it did. In some cases, it may be possible to claim that an individual had no expectation of privacy when police looked at an item. This would generally not be considered illegal because no search would have been conducted. In some cases, police may obtain a warrant to search for items in a home or other private area.

Man sentenced to 120 months for child pornography

A 56-year-old Iowa man was sentenced to 120 months in prison for being in possession of child pornography on Sept. 5. After his prison sentence ends, he will have 10 years of supervised release.

On May 11, 2016, the man was charged with possession of child porn after he was accused of posting an image to a cloud-based storage service. This image reportedly depicted child pornography. Law enforcement launched an investigation into the image, which resulted in a search warrant being issued for the accused man's residence. During the search, a computer with more than 300 images that depicted child pornography was discovered. The accused man entered a guilty plea for the charges on April 20.

Charged with a DWI? One of these defenses might apply

A conviction for driving while intoxicated (DWI) can have a lasting effect on many aspects of your life. For example, if you are a college student your university can suspend you, you might lose access to financial aid, and you may even have problems finding a decent job or a nice apartment with a criminal conviction on your record.

If you are facing a DWI charge, there may be a strong defense available to you. While your attorney will be your best source for a solid defense, read below for some common defenses to drunk driving that might apply to you.

Prostitution Sting Hits Home

At least 20 people were arrested in late August, 2015 during a prostitution sting in Polk County, Iowa. Prostitution is illegal under Iowa law, but it carries different penalties depending on the age of the parties and circumstances.

Appeals Court Okays Drinking In Cars On Private Property

Have you been arrested, cited, ticketed, detained, or convicted for an open container violation? Was an open container violation the basis for a search of your vehicle that resulted in additional charges? WHERE this alleged violation occurred could be the KEY to your defense. Recently, the Iowa Court of Appeals decided that having an open container of alcohol in a vehicle on PRIVATE PROPERTY does not violate Iowa law.

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