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How Different Prescription Drugs Can Affect Our Driving

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 …

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DUI and Employment Background Checks

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 …

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DUI Expungement 

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 …

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Accused of Identity Theft: What you need to know

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 …

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5 Things To Know About Open Container Laws In Iowa

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 – …

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Types of fraud and theft charges in Iowa explained 

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 …

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

  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 …

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What Employers Need To Know About I-9 Compliance 

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 …

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The Two Hour Rule For Testing DUI/OWI

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 …

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

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 …

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Drunk Driver Smashes into Residential Home in Iowa

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 …

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Examining U.S. Immigration Statistics

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 …

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