September 9, 2019

How Will an Iowa OWI Conviction Affect My Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)?

By Ray Scheetz

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Only drivers who are licensed to operate commercial vehicles may drive those vehicles on Iowa roads. Commercial vehicles include most trucks (including tractor-trailer combinations) that weigh more than 26,000 pounds, buses that can carry 16 or more occupants, and vehicles that carry certain hazardous materials. Every state prohibits driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol

October 29, 2018

How Different Prescription Drugs Can Affect Our Driving

By Ray Scheetz

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Iowa has a zero tolerance policy for driving under the influence of drugs.  Unlike alcohol, where a person can legally drive with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of less than .08, a person operating a motor vehicle under the influence of any drug commits a DUI offense. What about medications obtained legally? Driving under the

October 8, 2018

DUI and Employment Background Checks

By Ray Scheetz

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Why do employers run background checks? Background checks have become a regular part of the hiring process for all industries. They provide a relatively reliable way for employers to screen employees. Information discovered in a background check could reveal dishonesty on an application or resume, violent or dishonest behaviour, and safety risks. These are all

September 18, 2018

DUI Expungement 

By Ray Scheetz

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DUI Charges Drinking and driving, apart from being dangerous, carries charges ranging from misdemeanors to felonies.  Punishments can include time in jail, fines, restitution, interlock device requirements, restriction or loss of license, mandatory substance abuse classes, community service or a combination of penalties. Specifically, the first offense is considered a serious misdemeanor; the second offense

September 4, 2018

Accused of Identity Theft: What you need to know

By Ray Scheetz

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Identity theft affects millions of Americans each year.  In fact, it is one of the fastest growing crimes in the country.  Victims of identity theft may never recover from the damage caused thus resulting in heavy fines and lengthy sentencing.  What is identity theft? Identity theft occurs when an individual fraudulently uses or attempts to

August 27, 2018

5 Things To Know About Open Container Laws In Iowa

By Ray Scheetz

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1)    No open containers in public places You cannot drink alcohol in public streets, highways, or sidewalks. Open container laws in Iowa prohibit a person from consuming alcohol in most public places except a business that is covered by a liquor license such as a restaurant or bar. You can consume alcohol in public parks –

August 16, 2018

Types of fraud and theft charges in Iowa explained 

By Ray Scheetz

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What is fraud? Fraud most often occurs where someone makes a misrepresentation, knowing that it is false or does not actually exist.  Many people have heard of credit card fraud and telephone fraud. While those are among the more common instances, there are seemingly endless practices that can constitute fraud. For example, knowingly attaching or

August 7, 2018

Concealed Carrying During A Traffic Stop – The Do’s and Don’ts 

By Ray Scheetz

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  If you have a concealed carry permit, it is important to know the rights and responsibilities that come with it. Here, we are specifically addressing what to do if you are concealed carrying during a traffic stop.  Iowa is not a “Duty to Inform” state. This means that you are not required to voluntarily

August 2, 2018

What Employers Need To Know About I-9 Compliance 

By Ray Scheetz

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Regulation of I-9 form requirements fall within the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA). Even though IRCA sounds like immigration law, it actually prohibits employers from hiring any individual, including US citizens, for US employment without using Form I-9.  That is, every employer who recruits, refers for a fee, or hires an individual for

July 24, 2018

The Two Hour Rule For Testing DUI/OWI

By Ray Scheetz

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Drinking and driving can carry serious consequences. The interaction between officer and arrestee leading up to an operating while intoxicated (OWI) charge is complex and can be confusing. See either of my two previous posts, “Stopped by Police, Suspected Drunk Driving?” or “Drunk Driving Laws in Iowa Explained” for a breakdown of the complexities.  These

April 26, 2018

How Getting Charged with a DUI can Affect My Chances of Getting a Green Card?

By Ray Scheetz

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When applying for a US permanent resident aka green card, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will want to know whether or not the person applying has been implicated in any criminal related acts, other than getting traffic tickets. Here, we are going to talk about how getting charged with a DUI can affect

January 10, 2018

If I have a green card, do I need to apply for US citizenship?

By Ray Scheetz

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While some people are in too much of a hurry to apply for US citizenship, most green card holders have no idea that they qualify for US citizenship or do not know how to go about it.  As a legal resident of the US – permanent or conditional, you already have your green card.  The

January 6, 2018

Drunk Driver Smashes into Residential Home in Iowa

By Ray Scheetz

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An alleged drunk driver faces criminal charges for DUI after careening off the road and smashing into a residential home in Iowa, according to an article by KWQC. This accident occurred at approximately 11:30 p.m. on November 10, 2017, in Scott County.  The driver was attempting to execute a turn.  Instead, the driver plowed into

December 14, 2017

Examining U.S. Immigration Statistics

By Ray Scheetz

Every three months, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) releases a report with up-to-date statistics on U.S. immigration.  Prepared by the DHS’ Office of Immigration Statistics (OIS), this report provides recent figures on lawful permanent residents, refugee arrivals, and naturalizations, among others. Lawful Permanent Residents In their report, the OIS provides a breakdown of how

December 7, 2017

How Many People are Wrongfully Convicted in the United States?

By Ray Scheetz

It’s a very difficult question to answer, for many reasons.  To help answer this question, we can begin by reviewing a reliable resource with data on convictions and exonerations for criminal offenses.  One such entity is the National Registry of Exonerations (NRE), a joint project between several law schools. What is the National Registry of

October 30, 2017

What is the Shifting Landscape of DACA Immigration?

By Ray Scheetz

An immigration program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) has been featured prominently in the news of late.  Today we will explore the presently shifting landscape for the DACA program. What is DACA? Created on June 15, 2012, the U.S. Government rolled out the DACA program to protect the interests of children who were

September 28, 2017

Drunk Driving Laws in Iowa Explained

By Ray Scheetz

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It can happen to anyone.  You have a few too many drinks at dinner or a party.  Then you see flashing lights in your rearview mirror on the drive home.  If the police officer suspects intoxication, you may be charged with a DUI and face severe penalties. Given the grave consequences of a DUI, everyone

September 10, 2017

Why You Might Need a Criminal Defense Attorney if You Have a Green Card

By Ray Scheetz

Like any of the nearly 13 million individuals arrested each year in the United States, those who are arrested and are lawful permanent residents (i.e. green card holders) of the U.S. should seek the counsel of an experienced green card criminal defense attorney.  Often times green card holders can face additional punishment compared to citizens of the United

September 5, 2017

Five Questions to Ask When Searching for an Immigration Attorney

By Ray Scheetz

Immigrants are the lifeblood of our nation, and to this day nearly 15% of the U.S. population is made up of immigrants.  However, immigrating to the United States can be one of the more difficult things an individual can do.  The length of the strenuous immigration process and the ever changing immigration landscape in this country makes

August 17, 2017

Trump Administration Proposes to Reduce Immigration

By Ray Scheetz

President Trump backed a bill that would reduce legal immigration by restricting entry of foreign family members into the United States, according to an article by The New York Times.  This change to existing family immigration laws applies to both American citizens petitioning for their family members to live in the U.S., and legal permanent

August 7, 2017

What is Mandatory Minimum Sentencing?

By Ray Scheetz

According to the United States Sentencing Commission, nearly 60% of federal offenders were convicted of a crime that carries a minimum mandatory sentence. This means that the individuals were convicted of a crime for which the law mandates the offender serve a certain sentence. These minimums are strictly enforced on those who have been convicted

August 2, 2017

Stopped by Police, Suspected Drunk Driving?

By Ray Scheetz

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It can happen to anyone:  You have had one too many drinks and you get behind the wheel and head home.  Before you know it, blue and white lights are flashing in your rearview mirror and you know what is about to happen.  This can be an extremely nerve-wracking experience, and you may begin to

July 25, 2017

How to Prepare for the Spouse Visa Interview

By Ray Scheetz

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Applying for a spouse visa for a foreign citizen involves countless steps and forms to navigate.  There are different processes for different situations – this article deals with the situation where the foreign spouse resides outside of the United States, the US citizen resides in the United States, and the US citizen has filed Form

July 24, 2017

Was Your Spouse’s Visa Refused? Here’s What to Do Next

By Ray Scheetz

As the Trump Administration continues to roll out sweeping immigration reform tensions are high for families who are concerned about being split up due to lack of immigration status. For couples that are married and only one spouse is a United States citizen, it is common to believe that the spouse seeking an immigration visa will likely

June 8, 2017

What is the Difference Between State and Federal Crime?

By Ray Scheetz

Americans are used to hearing the words ‘state crime’ and ‘federal crime’ thrown around on the news.  Many do not bat an eye at the differing terms, only passing the terminology off as legal banter, however, it is extremely important to understand the difference between state and federal crime.  State and federal courts are the

June 4, 2017

What You Need to Know About Your Miranda Rights

By Ray Scheetz

Almost everyone is familiar with the idea of Miranda Rights from their favorite television show or their high school civics class.  Americans are generally familiar with the fact that all citizens are entitled to “be read their rights.”  It is common for people to assume that if they have been arrested and were not read

April 24, 2017

Why You Need an Immigration Lawyer

By Ray Scheetz

Are you a business owner seeking to hire or retain a foreign born employee?   Are you a United States citizen who wants to marry someone who lives outside of the United States?  Are you seeking to become a United States citizen?  These common situations involving immigration, and many others, often require the assistance of an