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Aggressive Iowa Drug Possession Lawyer


Even thou Iowa ranks 47th in the nation for overall illegal drug use, the official laws on the books for Iowa still consider the possession of a controlled substance a punishable crime.

Any person with the slightest number of illegal substances in their possession can be arrested and charged. Based on the amount and type of Drug found, the potential penalties for this offense can range from misdemeanors to felonies.
Iowa ranks as one of the top 20 states with the harshest penalties for drug possession based on Jail time and Fines collected for punishment.

The Nicholas Lombardi Law Firm obtains a proven record, and is known by both peers and clients for aggressive representation and defending your rights in court against all illegal drug possession charges in Iowa. We work hard on your behalf to build a solid defense strategy for drug charges related to possession, distribution, manufacturing, and more.


How Does Iowa Law Handle Drug Possession? 

In its simplest form, Iowa Code Section 124.401(5) states that “It is unlawful for any person to knowingly or intentionally possess a controlled substance unless such substance was obtained directly from, or pursuant to, a valid prescription or order of a practitioner while acting in the course of the practitioner’s professional practice.”
For this basic level of offense, a conviction results in a serious misdemeanor carrying a fine of up to $1,875. The courts may also order a prison sentence as high as one year.

Marijuana Possession in Iowa is an exception in Code Section 124.401(5) which states that first-time offender convictions face a lower penalty which is up to 6 months in jail and/or up to a $1,000 fine. It is possible that all or part of the jail sentence can be suspended, however, this requires that you are placed on probation, with conditions that you participate in a drug rehab program.

Depending on the type of drug and the amount that is found in a person’s control and if you are multiple offenders, the more severe the charges.

With an experienced Iowa drug possession attorney, we can help you understand why you are being charged, and explain the potential penalties for conviction. Fortunately, for you, we have the experience necessary to help you fight your charges every step of the way.


Denying Allegations of Drug Possession in Des Moines

When being accused of drug possession in Iowa it may seem that you are backed into a corner and you’re dealing with an open and shut case. Through a search, the police find the drug on a person’s body or in their car, and all of the right elements are met for a conviction. However, any time the police perform a search of a person’s body or their property, they must go along with that person’s Constitutional rights.

You have rights that prevent the police from searching a person without probable cause to believe that a crime has taken place. These rights extend to your property and home. This is the reason why the police cannot stop a person on the street purely on instinct and search their pockets.

When it comes to the issuance and execution of warrants, they should only be issued if there is probable cause that a crime was committed and that the evidence of that crime is likely to be found in the location of the warrant.


Working with a Des Moines Criminal Defense Attorney


Illegal Drug possession in Iowa can come with hefty fines and heavy jail terms for conviction, oftentimes Drug Possession charges are also accompanied OWI offenses and other charges at the time of the arrest.
When working with a qualified Defenese Lawyer for those being charged with drug crimes in Iowa, we will go over your case details with you and answer any concerns and questions that you may have. Our goal is to always build a powerful defense that is tailored to your specific case and produce the best representation

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