Criminal Defense Cases

Larson believes it can be misleading to look at selected cases, because almost any attorney can have a good result occasionally, similar to how a highlight-film doesn’t tell a recruiter much about a basketball player….anybody can show just their MADE shots!  But here are some very recent cases, to show some examples of results.  

OW22108, Cedar County  Nov 2012

Defendant had been previously sentenced to 60 days in jail with all but 7 suspended for OWI 2nd offense, and was represented by Larson on this probation revocation case caused by a public intoxication charge she got while on that probation.  Despite a record of 5 alcohol violations in the last 3 years, and partly because of the extraordinary progress she’d recently made in alcohol treatment, and other factors, including attorney’s arguments, the State agreed to only 1 day in jail for contempt of court, instead of a revocation or imposition of all or some of the 53 suspended days in jail. 

SRCR97233 and SRCR97568  Nov 2012

Defendant received 2 possession of marijuana charges within a couple of months and Larson successfully obtained a deferred judgment on one and a dismissal of the other.  Getting a deferred judgment means he doesn’t get sentenced to jail or a fine (though he may have a civil penalty, which is the same thing), doesn’t  become ineligible for federally-guaranteed student loans, doesn’t get his driver’s license suspended for 6 months, and doesn’t have a drug conviction on his record.  

11DOTOT0762 and STA0013107  Delaware and Black Hawk Counties

Larson got this speeding ticket dismissed in exchange for community service, which was important to the client because she was on DOT probation for a previous suspension.  This kept the defendant from having her license suspended.  In addition to this dismissal, and because this was the second ticket she’d received while on DOT probation, and the other violation caused a suspension notice, Larson was also successful at the DOT hearing in succeeding in convincing the DOT hearing officer to not suspend her, and her suspension was rescinded.

FECR 092964    July 2011

Defendant was charged with Robbery in the 1st Degree, which is a Class B felony, punishable by a prison term of 25 years.  Due to investigation, depositions and successful plea bargaining with the County Attorney, defendant received a lessening of the charge to a serious misdemeanor, punishable by only up to 1 year in jail  She received a deferred judgment so she has no criminal record now, and the charge will be dismissed upon successful completion of probation, and she was not sentenced to any jail time.  

SR095233    Aug 2012

Defendant was charged with Driving while Revoked, which Attorney Larson convinced the County Attorney to dismiss.  

SMSM 089108  Oct 2012

Defendant was charged with public intoxication and plead guilty at her initial appearance.  Attorney Larson convinced the Judge to set-aside her plea and conviction and later, convinced the County Attorney to dismiss the case.  

SRCR 92630  Sept 2012

Defendant was on probation for 2 years for domestic assault upon his father and had been charged with 4 different probation revocations based on continued drinking and violations of the law while on probation.  At the 3 previous probation revocation hearings, the Court sentenced him to short jail terms, less than 10 days.  At the 4th hearing the State requested 60 days in jail.  The Court's order discharged him from probation with no new jail time to serve, after arguments by Counsel Larson and the controlling case of Anderson vs. State of Iowa. Defendant had completed extensive alcohol counseling and mental health counseling, and the father testified in his behalf.  

OWCR091656  and OWCR098097  Nov 2012

Defendant was sentenced on the charge of OWI 3rd Offense to five years in prison with all but 30 days suspended, and probation.  He then received a Boating while Intoxicated charge and faced Revocation of Probation.  He plead guilty to the Boating while Intoxicated charge and stipulated to the violation of probation.  At sentencing, the State asked for 60 days in jail but after arguments of Counsel Larson about the defendants' progress in alcohol counseling and mitigating circumstances, the District Court Judge sentenced him to only 20 days, concurrent, on each charge, with work release allowed.  When the Jail allowed him only 40 hours of work release, Larson obtained an order from the Court raising that to 55 hours.  
OM74641  Dec 2012  Polk County

Defendant was charged with OWI 2nd offense and plead guilty.  Despite the 7 day mandatory jail term required for all OWI 2nd offenses, his sentence required just 2 days more than the few hours he spent in jail upon arrest, plus a four day alcohol program.  

NTA 0104824  Jan 2013

Defendant was charged with Driving with Suspended, under Code of Iowa 321.218.  By helping the defendant get some unpaid fines paid, and his civil penalties paid to the DOT, Defendant regained his driver's license, and Attorney Larson got the charges dropped.