Many defendants believe they can save money by representing themselves in criminal matters, especially when they know they did not commit the crime with which they've been charged. However, while it is possible to represent yourself, you will find that, often, the assistance, guidance, and experience offered by an attorney is crucial to your defense, even if you're innocent.
If you are facing criminal charges, you are under a lot of stress. The last thing you want to do is hinder your defense team by being unprepared for your initial consultation- this only results in a waste of precious time. By preparing yourself to meet with an attorney, you can improve your experience in the criminal court system.
Given what is known about the unreliability of handheld breath devices like the Datamaster, it is easy to understand why some people mistakenly believe that refusing to take a breath test will come with fewer penalties than taking one and failing. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Iowa, like every other state in the union, has an implied consent law on the books for licensed drivers. This law makes it dangerous for anyone to refuse a police officer's request to test for alcohol.
When you face criminal charges in Iowa, a jury can decide your guilt, but only a judge can determine your sentence.
If you are detained or searched:
You've been arrested on multiple drug charges and taken into custody. You've been charged with four counts of possession of controlled substances, two counts of unlawful possession of prescription drugs, and one count of keeping a drug house. You post $8,000 in bail and are let out of jail.