A unanimous Iowa Supreme Court ruled on October 16, 2020 that certain marijuana possession-related convictions do not merge for purposes of double jeopardy protections against cumulative punishments. In State v. Johnson, the defendant argued his possession of marijuana conviction, a serious misdemeanor, should merge with his felony conviction for eluding while possessing marijuana. The State […]
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 […]
Ten months and a two-day suppression hearing later and the prosecution finally came to their senses and agreed to dismiss the felony accusations.