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Criminal defense: Man facing charges after initial police mistake

"Nobody's perfect" is a phrase often tossed around when someone has made a mistake. Certainly, mistakes are made in all walks of life. However, when someone has been accused of an apparent crime, an inaccurate account of events can largely impact the type of criminal defense he or she must present. An Iowa man recently suspected in one complaint now faces a variety of other charges.

Des Moines police officers claimed that a 30-year-old Carlisle man had shot at a bail bondsman near a convenience store. Reports show that the bondsman thought he had located someone and planned to take him into custody. According to police, the Carlisle man resisted the efforts of the bondsman, then fired a handgun. The bondsman then fired at the man several times.

Police officials stated that the man was armed and dangerous and sought help from the public to locate him. However, evidence came to light that the man was carrying only a BB gun. Apparently, he had not fired a gun at the bondsman. Officers stated that the bondsman was justified in firing at the man. There were no injuries in the incident, and no charges will be filed.

The man was arrested during a traffic stop and charged with harassment of a public official and carrying weapons. He was also apparently wanted for probation violations pertaining to weapons charges in Warren County. In Polk County, he faces a charge of possession of methamphetamine.

Police officers are like everyone else and can make mistakes. It is important to have an Iowa criminal defense attorney working on one's behalf to ensure that the entire legal process operates properly. An experienced lawyer will examine all the evidence pertaining to a charge to ensure that it was gathered appropriately. A strong legal defense team will partner with clients to help get their lives back to normal as quickly as possible.

Source:, "Police: Man thought to have shot at bail bondsman in Des Moines did not, but is charged with other offenses", Luke Nozicka, April 17, 2018

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