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    Legal Troubles in Ames

    Need some advice from people who have dealt with the same problem or know more about it then me...A few months ago Ames PD gently knocked on my door with search warrant...They took my roommates and I's cell phones, old cell phones, laptops and external hard drives...they found 4-5 glass pieces and no marijuana...they ended up taking 4 of us to nevada and charged us with GATHERING FOR USE OF MARIJUANA, POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, and POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA....within the last week the DA gave a deal if I plead guilty to the marijuana charge i would get 2 days in jail 1 year probations with 180 days suspended and lose my license for 6 months....my question is can they really charge me with that marijuana if none was there and what kinda deal is that really? I would lose my job if i lost my license so i was just wanting some outside help if anyone knew about these kinda situtations.



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    Re: Legal Troubles in Ames

    Quote Originally Posted by callcydaddy View Post
    Need some advice from people who have dealt with the same problem or know more about it then me...A few months ago Ames PD gently knocked on my door with search warrant...They took my roommates and I's cell phones, old cell phones, laptops and external hard drives...they found 4-5 glass pieces and no marijuana...they ended up taking 4 of us to nevada and charged us with GATHERING FOR USE OF MARIJUANA, POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, and POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA....within the last week the DA gave a deal if I plead guilty to the marijuana charge i would get 2 days in jail 1 year probations with 180 days suspended and lose my license for 6 months....my question is can they really charge me with that marijuana if none was there and what kinda deal is that really? I would lose my job if i lost my license so i was just wanting some outside help if anyone knew about these kinda situtations.
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    Re: Legal Troubles in Ames

    i have one...i just wanted some other point of views thank you very much!



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    Re: Legal Troubles in Ames

    Sounds like Ames police are bored. Quick! Someone go commit a real crime!


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    Re: Legal Troubles in Ames

    Go withyou council or get another legal opinion.


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    Re: Legal Troubles in Ames

    Quote Originally Posted by callcydaddy View Post
    i have one...i just wanted some other point of views thank you very much!
    Ok, let me get this straight. You were charge with having a controlled substance, but there was no controlled substance in the apartment? They want to suspend your license for 6 months but you were not driving at the time and were sitting on your couch? If this is all true, I say that is not a deal, that is a railroading.



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    Re: Legal Troubles in Ames

    Quote Originally Posted by callcydaddy View Post
    i have one...i just wanted some other point of views thank you very much!
    Ok. As far as the actual post goes... it seems extreme, but obviously we can't see all the evidence.

    I'd say more on this, but i'd likely get this thread sent caveward.



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    Re: Legal Troubles in Ames

    Just tell the judge what you read on the Internet. I don't see how that could be any problem.


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    Re: Legal Troubles in Ames

    Quote Originally Posted by johnstoncy View Post
    Ok, let me get this straight. You were charge with having a controlled substance, but there was no controlled substance in the apartment? They want to suspend your license for 6 months but you were not driving at the time and were sitting on your couch? If this is all true, I say that is not a deal, that is a railroading.
    Also, they found only a little bit of evidence but charged 4 people? It does seem like he's getting hosed, but maybe there's more evidence somewhere.



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    Re: Legal Troubles in Ames

    You really should head over to HawkeyeNation and ask this.

    you'll get a lot of answers based on experience




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    Re: Legal Troubles in Ames

    Quote Originally Posted by alarson View Post
    Also, they found only a little bit of evidence but charged 4 people? It does seem like he's getting hosed, but maybe there's more evidence somewhere.

    well i was there the whole time and those are the charges....the one gathering charge our lawyers have never heard of so its likes they are reaching for something...idk though



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    Re: Legal Troubles in Ames

    Quote Originally Posted by johnstoncy View Post
    Ok, let me get this straight. You were charge with having a controlled substance, but there was no controlled substance in the apartment? They want to suspend your license for 6 months but you were not driving at the time and were sitting on your couch? If this is all true, I say that is not a deal, that is a railroading.
    I can't speak as to the particular facts, but there is no railroading involved in a driver license revocation for a marijuana conviction. The Iowa Code requires it.
    It doesn't matter whether he was driving or not--if he is convicted of possession of marijuana there will be a revocation. See below.


    10. a. In addition to any sentence imposed pursuant to chapter 902 or 903, the court shall order the department of transportation to revoke the defendant's driver's license or motor vehicle operating privilege for a period of one hundred eighty days, or to delay the issuance of a driver's license for one hundred eighty days after the person is first eligible if the defendant has not been issued a driver's license, and shall send a copy of the order in addition to the notice of conviction required under section 124.412, 126.26, or 453B.16, to the department of transportation, if the defendant is being sentenced for any of the following offenses:

    (1) A controlled substance offense under section 124.401, 124.401A, 124.402, or 124.403.


    (2) A drug or drug-related offense under section 126.3.


    (3) A controlled substance tax offense under chapter 453B.




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    Re: Legal Troubles in Ames

    Quote Originally Posted by callcydaddy View Post
    Need some advice from people who have dealt with the same problem or know more about it then me...A few months ago Ames PD gently knocked on my door with search warrant...They took my roommates and I's cell phones, old cell phones, laptops and external hard drives...they found 4-5 glass pieces and no marijuana...they ended up taking 4 of us to nevada and charged us with GATHERING FOR USE OF MARIJUANA, POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, and POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA....within the last week the DA gave a deal if I plead guilty to the marijuana charge i would get 2 days in jail 1 year probations with 180 days suspended and lose my license for 6 months....my question is can they really charge me with that marijuana if none was there and what kinda deal is that really? I would lose my job if i lost my license so i was just wanting some outside help if anyone knew about these kinda situtations.
    I know from previous experience with Story County, they seem to have nothing better to do. My first advice is to check and see if this is the first attempt at a plea deal. If you have a good lawyer, he should be able to get you a better deal than that but maybe not. My one guess is, is that they may be cutting you a break with by giving you the weed possesion rather than the others. My opinion is you should check to see what your lawyer has tried to do as far as getting a better deal. Also check to see if you could get a work permit. I don't know how drug related charges go, but when you loose your license you should be able to qualify for a work permit. If you do qualify for the permit and you are only charged for the weed even though you didnt have any on you, I would take it. If this is your first charge of any kind, you should be able to get a deferred judgement and will be off your record in 2 years.


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    Re: Legal Troubles in Ames

    Seems a lot overboard, without knowing the entire situation.
    The only thing that sounds like they can get your for is possession of drug paraphernalia. And isn't that usually only a fine and a slap on the wrist?


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    Re: Legal Troubles in Ames

    Quote Originally Posted by callcydaddy View Post
    Need some advice from people who have dealt with the same problem or know more about it then me...A few months ago Ames PD gently knocked on my door with search warrant...They took my roommates and I's cell phones, old cell phones, laptops and external hard drives...they found 4-5 glass pieces and no marijuana...they ended up taking 4 of us to nevada and charged us with GATHERING FOR USE OF MARIJUANA, POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, and POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA....within the last week the DA gave a deal if I plead guilty to the marijuana charge i would get 2 days in jail 1 year probations with 180 days suspended and lose my license for 6 months....my question is can they really charge me with that marijuana if none was there and what kinda deal is that really? I would lose my job if i lost my license so i was just wanting some outside help if anyone knew about these kinda situtations.
    Can they charge this if there is resin in the glass pieces? If so, seems kind of crazy since there needs to be resin for them to charge for possession of drug paraphernalia



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