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Scott A. Michels

Junior Partner/Attorney
(515) 244-2914

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Bio

Mr. Michels grew up in Osage, Iowa where he graduated from Osage High School in 2000. He then attended Upper Iowa University in Fayette, Iowa where he graduated, magna cum laude, in December 2003 with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Criminology and Psychology. At UIU, Mr. Michels also achieved Academic All-American and Academic All-Conference honors in wrestling. Following his success at Upper Iowa University, Mr. Michels received his law degree from Drake University School of Law in 2007, earning special certificates in Litigation and Dispute Resolution and Constitutional Law and Civil Rights. As part of his law school education, Mr. Michels also successfully completed the Neal & Bea Smith Law Center, Drake Law School, Clinic in Criminal Defense.

Mr. Michels has distinguished himself in his young career as an attorney who is a zealous advocate for his clients being satisfied with nothing less then the best possible outcome on each and every case.  Whether it’s a court appointed case or a private client, Mr. Michels goes the extra mile, does the necessary factual and legal research and shows up to court ready and prepared for a good fight.  Mr. Michels possesses the attitude and mindset associated with all of the attorneys at Gourley, Rehkemper & Lindholm and has already seen his hard work produce a number of victories for his clients.  The National Trial Lawyers has recognized Mr. Michels as a "Top 40 Under 40" attorney.

Memberships & Activities

Professional Associations:

  • DUI Defense Lawyers Association
  • Iowa Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Polk County Bar Association
  • Iowa State Bar Associations

Education & Background

Education:

  • Drake University Law School, Des Moines, Iowa, 2007, J. D. 
  • Special Certification, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Constitutional Law, Civil Rights
    • Neal & Bea Smith Law Center, Drake Law School, Clinic in Criminal Defense 
  • Upper Iowa University, Fayette, Iowa, B. A.
    • Honors: Magna Cum Laude, Academic All-American, Academic All-Conference
    • Major: Criminology, Psychology

Bar Admissions:

  • Iowa, 2007
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Iowa
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Iowa

Representative Cases

This is a small representation of Attorney Scott Michels's recent case results:

Recent Case Results

Iowa Supreme Court Declares Seizure of Vehicle Unconstitutional:   Iowa Supreme Court declares stop of vehicle not a justified community caretaking function.

Officer Lacked Evidence to Offer Preliminary Breath Test:   OWI amended to Public Intox and Reckless Driving, client's license spared

Newton woman gets $40,000 work comp settlement:   Client settles work comp suit for $40,000 after falling at work and breaking her leg.

Polk County Man Removed From Sex Offender Registry:   A Polk County man was removed from the sex offender registry after meeting the legal requirements

Phone call to attorney helps client avoid OWI:   Client's phone call to attorney created a violation of his rights, helping him to avoid OWI conviction.

Linn County Man Removed from Registry:   Linn County man removed from sex offender registry

Mahaska County Man Removed From Registry:   Mahaska County man removed from requirement to register as sex offender

Scott County Man Removed From Registry:   A Scott County man granted release from the sex offender registry after meeting statutory requirements.

Felony Domestic Abuse Amended to Simple Misdemeanor:   Man facing felony domestic abuse has charge amended to disorderly conduct

Phone Call to Attorney Saves Man From OWI Conviction:   Man spared OWI conviction after rights violated while calling his attorney after arrest.

Mitchell County OWI 2nd Amended to Reckless Driving and Public Intox:   Osage man has his OWI 2nd Offense amended to Reckless Driving and Public Intox, saving his driving privileges

Man illegally held in treatment facility released:   GRL Law secures release of client illegally held in a treatment facility against his will.

Marion County Client Avoids OWI:   Marion County client has breath test suppressed and avoids OWI conviction

Domestic Abuse Charge Dismissed Based on Video:   Domestic abuse charge dismissed based upon video of the incident

Work comp settlement of $160,000:   Client injured in a motor vehicle accident while working awarded $160,000 settlement

Robbery First Degree amended to assault causing injury:   Client charged with Robbery First Degree has case amended to serious misdemeanor for assault causing injury

Workers' Comp Claim Settled for $67,500:   Worker injured in a semi rollover accident reached a settlement for his injuries

Sex Offender removed from Registry:   A Warren County man was removed from the sex offender registry

Polk County Man Removed From Registry:   A Polk County man was granted relief from the sex offender registry

Mills County Man Granted Relief from Sex Offender Registry:   A Mills County man

Delaware County Man Removed from Sex Offender Registry:   A Delaware County man was granted removal from the registry requirements

Two Class B Felonies Dismissed:   Two Class B Felony drug charges and possession of marijuana dismissed in Adams County

Floyd County man removed from sex offender registry:   Floyd County man removed from the sex offender registry

Injured worker receives $25,000 work comp settlement:   Client injured while working receives $25,000 settlement

Workers' compensation claim settled:   Client injured in a car accident while on the job has her claim settled for $130,000

GRL Law and Oh Crap! App Get National Attention:   From Seattle to Dallas, the story is being told how an Iowa man learned his rights through the Oh Crap App, got in contact with an on-call lawyer at GRL Law and ultimately ensured that the violation of his rights was vindicated.

OWI dismissed and driving privileges spared after violation of phone call rights:   After a violation of her phone call rights, Client's OWI was dismissed and her driving privileges were spared.

Dallas County man removed from sex offender registry:   A Dallas County man had his Application to Modify his status on the sex offender registry granted to remove him from the registry

Warren County Client Removed from the Sex Offender Registry:   Warren County Judge grants modification of the sex offender registry status to remove client from the registry

Pocahontas Man Removed from Sex Offender Registry:   A Pocahontas man was granted modification of the registry requirements, removing him from the sex offender registry

Howard County OWI Amended to Public Intox:   Howard County client's OWI charge is amended to public intoxication.

Shelby County Client Removed from Sex Offender Registry:   Client in Shelby County removed from the sex offender registry

Warren County Man Removed from Requirement to Register as Sex Offender:   Warren County Judge removes Client from the sex offender registry.

Boating While Intoxicated Amended to Reckless Operation of Watercraft and Public Intox:   Boating While Intoxicated charge amended to Reckless Operation of a Watercraft and Public Intoxication

Marion County OWI amended to Public Intoxication and Reckless Driving:   Marion County OWI Amended to Public Intoxication and Reckless Driving

Davis County OWI 2nd Amended to Reckless Driving and Public Intoxication:   State agrees to suppress breath test and amend OWI 2nd to reckless driving and public intoxication. Client's driving privileges spared.

Court Orders Client No Longer Required to Register as Sex Offender:   Johnson County Court Orders client no longer required to register as sex offender

2nd Degree Burglary Dismissed:   2nd Degree Burglary charge for theft of a motor vehicle dismissed

Driver's license suspension avoided:   Client avoids driver's license suspension for a moving violation while on probation with the DOT

Story County OWI and Possession of Marijuana Amended to Paraphernalia:   Client charged in Story County with OWI and Possession of Marijuana has charges amended to Possession of Paraphernalia

DOT suspension avoided:   Client avoids suspension for a serious speed violation

Dallas County Domestic Abuse Dismissed:   Dallas County - Domestic Abuse Assault Causing Injury Dismissed

Not guilty of felony assault:   Client found not guilty of felony assault; convicted of lesser-included misdemeanor assault

Evidence suppressed for illegal stop in Plymouth County:   Plymouth County judge suppresses evidence due to illegal stop

Client Removed from Sex Offender Registry:   Warren County Judge grants Client's Motion to Modify Sex Offender Registry Requirement

Driving Privileges Saved:   Client prevails on DOT appeal

Driver's license saved:   Suspension for Unlawful Passing of a School Bus averted

OWI amended to public intox:   Tama County OWI amended to public intoxicaton

Carroll County OWI dismissed:   OWI - Carroll County - judge suppresses breath test, State dismisses case

OWI amended to public intox and reckless drving:   Court granted motion to suppress; State amends charges

OWI 2nd amended to reckless driving and public intox:   OWI 2nd Offense in Story County amended to reckless driving and public intoxication; driver's license spared

Sex Offender Registry Modification:   Client removed from sex offender registry.

Black Hawk County Jury Finds Client Not Guilty:   Client not guilty of OWI and Possession of Marijuana

Client Not Guilty of Willful Injury:   Jury finds GRL Law client NOT GUILTY of Willful Injury...

Testimonials

Very professional, straight forward, and honest folks:   Very professional, straight forward, and honest folks.

Scott Was Great:   Scott was very professional, he kept me up to date on my situation and answered every questions I had. He was able to negotiate a plea deal, and keep me from a felony.

Fantastic Lawyer:   Fantastic Lawyer - helped me through 2 OWI's

Two not guilty verdicts regarding owi and possession of marijuana.:   Two not guilty verdicts regarding owi and possession of marijuana.

Great lawyer!!:   I hired Scott Michels to represent me on a traffic matter...

Best Lawyer I could have ever found...:   Scott Michels is the best attorney that I have ever had representing me...

Outstanding Service:   I used Mr. Michels for a my traffic issue where I would likely...

Other Blog Entries By This Author

What is a Workers Compensation Claim?:   The Workers Compensation System is intended to protect the rights of employees who are injured at work.

Statute of Limitations in Criminal Prosecutions:   The statute of limitations is the time frame from which a crime has been committed to when the State must file the trial information against the accused. If the trial information has not been filed within the statute of limitations the case must be dismissed.

Changes to Iowa's Texting and Driving Laws - What you need to know:   Studies have shown that a driver who is texting and driving is more impaired than an individual with an alcohol concentration of .08.

Effect of Drug Convictions on Student Aid:   Drug convictions by students while receiving student aid will cause them to be ineligible for student aid.

GRL to open office in Mason City:   GRL is expanding its reach by opening an office in Mason City.

Sex Offender Risk Assessments:   What goes into a sex offender risk assessment and what is necessary for an offender to be categorized as "low risk"?

School Bus Safety and Kadyn's Law:   In a few short weeks, kids will be heading back to school. This means buses will be making their frequent stops to pick up and drop off students. Here are a few things driver's should know about School Bus Safety.

Uncounseled Misdemeanor Convictions and Enhancement of New Charges:   Prior convictions where defendant did not have a lawyer and did not waive their right to a lawyer may not be used to make a new charge more serious.

Challenging DOT Sanctions:   DOT sanctions can be successfully challenged

Charge Everyone and Let the Jury Sort it Out.:   Charge Everyone and Let the Jury Sort it Out.

Dismissals - With or Without Prejudice:   Dismissals - With or Without Prejudice

Expunging Minor In Possession of Alcohol (PAULA):   Expunging Minor In Possession of Alcohol (PAULA)