On November 28, 2022, the district court in Pocahontas County granted our application to dismiss a possession charge based on a violation of the one-year speedy trial provisions in Iowa Rule of Criminal Procedure 2.33. We were able to demonstrate that the state did not bring our client to trial within one year of his […]
Hey, Senator Dawson and Representative Holt! It’s your boy, Murph. Didn’t I tell you in March that this wouldn’t turn out well? I’m talking about your unconstitutional efforts to restore the illegal practice of warrantless garbage searches in Iowa. You know, the police tactic that we struck down last year in State v. Wright? The […]
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. […]
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 […]
Shelby County, Iowa- A GRL Law client was stopped for allegedly driving while suspended as he pulled into his driveway. The officer ran the client through field sobriety tests and had him blow into a preliminary breath testing device which registered a result under .08. Even though the client blew under the legal limit, the […]
If a person approves and agrees to the commission of a drug crime, then he will be treated the same as the person who is accused of actually committing the crime. This is referred to as “aiding and abetting.” How does a person aid and abet a drug crime? It’s simple. Either he actively participates […]
The November 4, 2020 issue of JAMA Psychiatry published results from a recent study examining whether the use of full-spectrum CBD from legal hemp (< 0.30% Δ9-THC) would lead to positive urine test results for THC metabolites. It has been often assumed that hemp-derived cannabidiol products will test negative for urinary THC. However, the study […]
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Trial Court Finds GRL Client Not Guilty of Felony Drug Tax Stamp Charge in Trial on Minutes
Record Methamphetamine Seizure in Story County Ends with Dismissal of Felony Drug Trafficking Charges
Suppression of three pounds of pure ice methamphetamine with a street value of $150,000.