Tag: controlled buy

Firearm Prohibition is a Collateral Consequence of Using Marijuana

One of the collateral consequences to a drug conviction is the prohibition against possessing a firearm or ammunition. Even if the charge does not involve a firearm. Did you know that Iowa law tracks federal law when it comes to marijuana and firearms? A drug conviction within the past 365 days will trigger the prohibition.  So will a self-admission of use or possession in an officer’s narrative report.  Or multiple arrests within 5 years establishing a pattern of use.  This can include drug related DUIs or paraphernalia charges with positive residue tests. Same for use of marijuana under a state-approved […]

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The “Take-Back” Entrapment Defense

The drug defense attorneys at GRL Law are often asked about the possibility of asserting an entrapment defense in drug cases.  It’s usually in the context of a controlled buy from an informant who is trying to work off a collar. The regular entrapment defense requires evidence of excessive incitement, urging, persuasion or temptation.  Merely providing the opportunity to commit a crime is not enough. That’s why the regular entrapment defense is difficult to raise for most vanilla drug transactions.  Typically nothing excessive! But then there’s the “take-back” entrapment defense.  That is available when an informant supplies drugs to the accused […]

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