Criminal Defense

The Law Shop provides private representation and/or professional guidance in Iowa for the following types of criminal charges:


Assault refers to intentionally causing pain or injury to another person, or threatening or attempting to do so. It also includes any act intended to cause fear of immediate physical contact or harm.

Domestic Abuse Assault

Domestic Abuse Assault involves committing assault against a family or household member with whom the perpetrator resides or has resided. It can include physical harm, sexual abuse, or the threat of physical harm. Domestic abuse assault is taken very seriously and can lead to more severe penalties than other forms of assault, especially if the perpetrator has prior convictions or if the act involved the use of a weapon or resulted in serious injury.


Theft involves taking someone else’s property without their permission with the intention of permanently depriving them of it. This can range from shoplifting to embezzlement or stealing a car.


Burglary is unlawfully entering a building or other premises with the intent to commit a crime inside, such as theft. It doesn’t necessarily involve breaking and entering; simply being in a place unlawfully with criminal intent can qualify as burglary.

Possession of Controlled Substance

Possession of Controlled Substance refers to unlawfully possessing drugs that are regulated by law, such as marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, and certain prescription medications not prescribed to the individual. The severity of the charge can vary based on the type and quantity of the drug, with potential penalties ranging from fines to imprisonment. Iowa law categorizes controlled substances into different schedules, with Schedule I substances being considered the most dangerous and having the highest potential for abuse, and Schedule V substances being the least dangerous.

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia refers to owning or having control over items that are used for consuming, storing, or manufacturing illegal drugs. Examples include pipes, syringes, and items used for growing or producing drugs.

Operating While Intoxicated

Operating While Intoxicated is the act of driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or both, to a level that impairs one’s ability to drive safely. It’s similar to what’s commonly known as DUI (Driving Under the Influence) in other states.

Driving While Suspended

Driving While Suspended means driving a vehicle while your driver’s license is suspended. Reasons for suspension can include previous traffic violations, failure to pay fines, or other legal issues.

Driving While Barred

Driving while barred is more serious than driving while suspended. It occurs when a person drives after their license has been barred due to serious offenses like repeated DUIs or other major traffic violations. Driving in this status can lead to significant legal penalties.

The application of these general definitions can vary based on the specific circumstances of each case and legal outcomes can depend on numerous factors including the severity of the offense, prior convictions, and other variables. For personalized legal advice or more detailed explanations, click on Get Started to schedule a low cost Shop Evaluation with an attorney at The Law Shop.

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