Tag: Appellate Law

Evidence Suppressed Following Trash Rip Remand

Readers of the blog are no doubt aware of GRL Law’s work on warrantless garbage searches.  Earlier this summer, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled the police practice unconstitutional in State v. Wright, but remanded the case to the district court for a second look at the warrant. This time the district court could not consider any of the evidence seized during the trash rips in determining probable cause. The result? The only information that survived the Supreme Court’s ruling was uncorroborated hearsay.  That information itself was months old. There was no choice but to invalidate the warrant.  That means all […]

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GRL Overturns License Suspension for Driver Traveling 100 MPH

The traffic ticket defense lawyers at GRL Law field calls regularly from drivers cited for excessive speed.  More often than not, it’s only after they receive a suspension notice from the Iowa DOT. That’s right.  The consequences of pleading guilty are more than just the fine, surcharge and court costs.  The DOT can suspend the privileges of anyone convicted for speeding more than 24 miles over the posted limit or what is referred to as a “serious violation.” The minimum suspension for a serious violation is 60 days (25 mph over) while the maximum is one year (49 mph or […]

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