Public Intoxication Charge Dismissed at State’s Cost

Sometimes police are way too aggressive in their attempts to ferret out crime.  When that occurs, the criminal defense attorneys at GRL Law are often called to secure justice for the accused.

A perfect example of this happened recently in Ankeny.

Our client was simply walking on a sidewalk when the police approached in a patrol car.  Small talk soon led to a request for field sobriety and breath testing, both of which were politely refused.  When the officer announced he was making an arrest, our client offered a breath test.

The result?

0.019 percent alcohol.  Maybe a beer’s worth.  Maybe.

You might think the officer would stop there, right?  Nope.  Transported our client instead to Polk County Jail where she was forced to post a $300 bond.

A bit over the top, don’t you think?

The criminal defense attorneys at GRL Law are renown for their defense of alcohol-related charges.  So, it should come as no surprise that the prosecutor was willing to dismiss the charge of public intoxication under these facts.

We applaud the exercise of prosecutorial discretion and appreciate the willingness to absorb the court costs.