Tag: Carrying Weapons

THE BEST & #1 CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY!

Where do I even start!?!? The best council I’ve ever needed or had represent me. Not only did he do an amazing job with the task at hand …. But he both extremely professional, and down to earth at the same time. He treated me like a regular human being, which I can’t say enough about. He had a large part of my future in his hands, and those hands were kid gloves to me, but strong and tough when representing me. He took care of almost all things needed to deal with my tough circumstances, which allowed me to […]

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Can You Carry a Firearm in Iowa? You might be suprised.

While recent changes to Iowa’s gun laws have been trumpeted and described at times as Constitutional Carry, this is simply not the case.  A closer look into the newly enacted legislation exposes a number of new traps that could catch the unaware citizen. Under Iowa’s new gun laws, a person is prohibited from CARRYING (having a weapon on or about the individual’s person or within immediate reach in a vehicle) a dangerous weapon (which include firearms) under the following circumstances: While possessing a controlled substance. While committing another serious misdemeanor offense, or a greater offense. If addicted to the use […]

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Iowa’s New Gun Laws

WARNING – These new laws do NOT go into effect until July 1, 2021. Effective July 1, 2021, Iowa’s gun laws will change significantly following Governor Reynold’s approving House File 756, an Act Relating to the Acquisition and Possession of Weapons and Providing Penalties.  How these new changes will interact with federal requirements is yet to be determined.   A more in-depth and comprehensive discussion of each change will be the subject of additional blogs but here is a general overview of the top 6 changes that the new law will make to Iowa’s firearm rights. Removal of the Requirement of […]

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Can Police Frisk Me for Drugs?

The drug defense attorneys at GRL Law have seen their fair share of possession cases arising from police frisks. It usually goes down like this.  Following a traffic stop for a minor traffic violation, the officer orders the driver to come back to the patrol car to process a citation. Pro tip: You are seized by the officer and legally obligated to follow this instruction.  Don’t resist, or worse, assert your rights as a sovereign citizen.  You will be definitely arrested for interference and subjected to a full search of your person, clothing and accessories like a wallet, purse or […]

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Carrying Weapons While Intoxicated and Operating While Intoxicated Charges Avoided

Poweshiek County, Iowa.  Carrying Weapons While Intoxicated and Operating While Intoxicated charges avoided due to misleading information provided to GRL’s client at the time breath testing was requested. GRL’s client had a prior out-of-state offense for operating while intoxicated but Iowa law did not authorize law enforcement to treat the new offense as a second offense.  As a result, GRL’s client was provided incorrect information at the time he consented to chemical testing thereby rending his consent involuntary.  The subsequently obtained test result was excluded from trial, making it significantly more difficult for the prosecution to prove intoxication.  Charges were […]

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Pretrial Motion to Suppress results in dismissed charges, felony conviction avoided

Cerro Gordo County, Iowa- GRL Law attorney Grant Gangestad filed a motion to suppress evidence based upon various violations of the client’s statutory and constitutional rights. After successful depositions and negotiation with the prosecutor, several charges, including possession of controlled substance and assault with a deadly weapon charges, were dismissed.  The client received a deferred judgment on the remaining charges, avoiding a felony conviction and prison time.

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Carrying Weapons – Possession is NOT Always Nine-Tenth’s of the Law

You may have heard the hold adage that “possession is nine-tenth’s of the law.”  Although that proposition may have some merit when attempting to ferret out property disputes, the Iowa Supreme Court recently did not find it persuasive as it relates to committing the crime of carrying a dangerous weapon while intoxicated.  In State v. Montreal Shorter, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled that “possession” of a firearm while intoxicated does not necessarily constitute the criminal offense of “carrying” a firearm while intoxicated.  Iowa Code Section 724.4C prohibits a person from “carrying” a weapon either (1) on or about the person […]

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All Charges Against Client Dismissed after Successful Motion to Suppress Evidence

Emmet County, Iowa- All charges, including OWI 2nd offense, Carrying Weapons, Interference with Official Acts, and other misdemeanors, were dismissed after Grant Gangestad successfully argued that the seizure of the client was unconstitutional.  The Court agreed, suppressing all evidence from the stop, forcing the State to dismiss the charges.  The client maintained his driver’s license and gun rights.  He also avoided jail time and hefty fines.

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