The Iowa criminal justice system continues to function despite the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. However, there have been changes in procedures. Many people facing charges understandably would rather not appear in a crowded courtroom these days. The good news is that the Iowa Supreme Court and many Iowa District Courts have each implemented changes in policies to try and keep everyone safe while still addressing criminal cases. For people facing new criminal charges with outstanding warrants, I have seen prosecutors are … Continued
In many cases, a person will wish to avoid having to take their case to trial. Paradoxically, by preparing for trial, a person can often avoid trial – and get the most favorable outcome possible.
Motions are a key part of just about every type of court case. This article discusses Motions in the Iowa and Illinois legal systems.
In Scott County, Iowa, there is a single courthouse that is used for all court cases in the county. That includes traffic, OWI, misdemeanors, felonies, divorce, child custody, general lawsuits, and other cases.
In Rock Island County, Illinois, there are two courthouse buildings in which custody, divorce, traffic, DUI, misdemeanor, felony, and other cases can be heard.
Continuance is the legal term for when a court date is rescheduled to some time in the future. There are many reasons that a court date may be Continued, and continuances can have significant effects upon cases.