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Is it wise to accept a plea deal for a drug crime in Iowa?

Drug charges can cause serious harm. Those who face these accusations can suffer damage to their reputation. The allegations can have a negative impact on the accused's career and educational pursuits. It may be tempting to move forward with a plea to get the incident behind you, but this is not always the best option.

Know the potential penalties. It is wise to know what penalties could apply to a conviction before accepting a plea deal. 

A conviction for manufacturing, delivering or possessing with the intent to deliver a controlled substance, counterfeit substance or simulated controlled substance in Iowa come with serious penalties in Iowa. Even small amounts come with huge penalties. The presence of less than 100 grams of heroin, 10 grams of crack, PCP, between 50 kg and 100 kg of marijuana or less than 5 grams of methamphetamine can result in a Class "C" Felony. This conviction can come with 10 years of jail time and a monetary fine of up to $50,000.

Even the presence of less than ½ an ounce of marijuana can come with 6 months of prison time and a $1,000 fine.

Build a defense. Those charged with drug crimes in Iowa have options. The innocent can protect themselves from false allegations with a defense tailored to their case. Strict protocol is required when gathering evidence to build a case for a drug crime conviction. A failure to follow the rules can result in faulty evidence which could get thrown out of court.

This is just one option to look into when building a defense against allegations of drug crimes. As such, before agreeing to a plea deal it is wise to contact an attorney to discuss your case and better ensure your rights are protected.

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