Readers of the GRL Law blog are no doubt familiar with the firm’s efforts to protect the privacy rights of Iowans in State v. Wright. That’s the 2021 ruling from the Iowa Supreme Court that banned police from trespassing on your curbside garbage and searching it without a warrant. Predictably, the law enforcement community threw […]
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 […]
GRL Law secures yet another dismissal for a CDL driver. DOT enforcement stopped our client for driving past an open scale. The officer conducted a Level I inspection and ultimately cited her for multiple violations. Plea negotiations ended abruptly when the officer refused to cut any slack. So we tried all four charges to the […]
Did you know that Iowa is one of only six states that does not guarantee a constitutional right to firearms? That is about to change. A legislatively referred constitutional amendment on the ballot next year will add Section 1A to Article 1 of the state’s Constitution: The right of the people to keep and bear […]
GRL Law saved another out-of-state CDL holder from being convicted of a moving violation. A concerned motorist called in about a load spilling from the back of a semi truck. A veteran DOT officer found a vehicle matching the description, but the doors to the trailer were closed. He followed the truck for several miles […]
If you are facing drug charges arising from a trash rip search warrant, then you should call the drug defense attorneys at GRL Law. GRL Law pioneered the novel legal challenge to the admissibility of evidence seized from these search warrants in State v. Wright. Police can no longer trespass onto your personal property to gather […]
In State v. Wright, the Iowa Supreme Court recently banned warrantless searches of curbside trash. This landmark ruling puts an end to an investigative technique used by police for decades. The issues before the Iowa Supreme Court were matters of first impression. The drug defense attorneys at GRL Law are the first to ever raise […]
Iowa Supreme Court to Decide Whether Refusal of a Breath Test May Be Used Against a Person as Evidence of Guilt at Trial in an Operating While Intoxicated Case
Recently, GRL Law attorney Grant Gangestad argued the case of State v. Kilby before the Iowa Supreme Court. The case dealt with an Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) charge. The client’s charge stemmed from a fender bender in a parking lot. Officers were called to the scene and began an investigation into possible intoxication of the […]
Boaters are often pulled over on the water by Department Natural Resources Conservation Officers to ensure that all the safety equipment regulations are being complied with. These so-called “safety-checks” can result in additional investigations and charges such as boating while intoxicated if the officer’s suspicions are triggered during that inspection.
Breath test refusal ruled inadmissible at trial, allowing client to obtain a deferred judgment on OWI charge.