SOLVING LEGAL PROBLEMS SINCE 1986 REACH OUT NOW

BLOG

DOUGLAS MCCOLLAM

The End of Big Law

An unrelenting tide of bad news has swept over corporate America in the last year—and with unemployment continuing to climb, anemic earnings, and the sound of long knives being applied to the whetstone in Washington, things show no sign of looking up.

Read More
Mark Olberding

Arrested in Iowa? What happens next?

If you have been arrested, the Constitution of the United States protects your rights to legal counsel, and to remaining silent. To invoke your rights, tell Law Enforcement personnel you do not want to answer any questions without your attorney present and are invoking your right to remain silent.

Read More
Mark Olberding

Criminal penalties

Iowa classifies crimes into felony and misdemeanor offenses and by their severity. More severe crimes, such as Forgery, Possession with Intent to Deliver, Willful Injury are felony offenses. Less severe crimes, such as some types of theft, Operating While Intoxicated, 1st Offense are misdemeanors.

Read More
Mark Olberding

Your rights in a criminal case

Search: The general rule is that in order to search a person’s house, property, vehicle or person, law enforcement must have first obtained a search warrant supported by probable cause and signed by a neutral judge. There are exceptions to the search warrant requirement, the most common of which is consent.

Read More
Mark Olberding

How are Custody and Visitation issues decided?

No area of family law brings to the courtroom the tension, anxiety, hostility, volatility and raw emotion as child custody and visitation litigation. If this issue cannot be decided between the parties, the Judge will make the decision. Generally, Judges look to what is in the best interest of the children.

Read More
Mark Olberding

Does one have to go to court to obtain a divorce?

A court of law is the only way in which one can obtain a divorce or dissolution of marriage. The court has jurisdiction to resolve the issues involved in a divorce, including, but not limited to: custody and visitation rights, division of property and debts, spousal support, child support, restraining orders, etc..

Read More