Criminal Law

When you're accused of a crime, you are considered innocent until the charges are proven against you in a court of law. You will need an aggressive and efficient lawyer to represent you and fight for you.  Criminal cases require in-depth legal know-how and criminal defense expertise. Let Jason S. Rieper give your case a winning edge.

Even if you are facing what you believe are minor criminal charges, it is important to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney. You may discover that the penalties for a conviction are far worse than you expect and that your defense options are better than expected.  Criminal charges can have catastrophic consequences on your family, future, and your freedom. Complex cases like these require detailed analysis and quality representation. Don't allow an amateur attorney to handle your case. Let our legal expert represent you and fight towards a positive and measurable outcome.

  • Operating while intoxicated
  • Misdemeanors
  • Felonies 
  • Assault/Domestic abuse 
  • Drug offenses
  • Theft 
  • Traffic violations 

Operating While Intoxicated

 

Drink and drive

A charge of operating while intoxicated (OWI) impacts not only your ability to drive, but also your job, your family your reputation.  One of the most important things you can do to protect yourself after being pulled over on suspicion of OWI is to contact an experienced defense attorney.

Attorney Jason S. Rieper defends individuals charged with OWI.  He works with the authorities to obtain evidence and, in some cases, may be able to get the charges or penalties associated with a drunk driving charge reduced.

As in most states, Iowa has an implied consent provision of the law.  This means that by obtaining a driver's license, you are consenting to be subjected to tests when pulled over on suspicion of OWI.  If you fail to agree to testing, your driving privileges will be revoked for a set period of time.

Understanding OWI administrative procedures and your right to an attorney can be crucial to your defense.  We will help you pursue a temporary restricted license and well as provide you with an aggressive criminal defense.

Theft

Call me the moment you are arrested for a theft charge.  Your future and rights are at stake, so it is critical that you get started on building your defense immediately.  No matter how minor you think your charges are, you may still be facing penalties that can affect you for the rest of your life.  Explore your defense options immediately.

In Iowa, theft is classified as an act that deprives another individual or business of their goods and/or services, without their permission.  Consequences of a theft conviction can include fines, restitution, and lengthy jail time. You will also have a permanent criminal record that may deter employers from hiring you.

Assault and Domestic Abuse

If you are convicted of assault, domestic violence, or another violent crime, you could be facing harsh criminal penalties.  Before your trial even begins, you could be saddled with a no-contact order that limits your rights, such as preventing you from having contact with your spouse, children, or other family members.

An assault charge is serious and can affect a person’s criminal record for life.  Yet, there are many defenses to assault and often an assault charge can be successfully defended through litigation or through trial.  Getting an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side is the first step toward securing a successful case outcome and protecting your rights.

Drug Offenses

Among the most prevalent criminal offenses in Iowa and the Midwest are those related to drug use, manufacturing, distribution, and trafficking. State drug laws can be very unforgiving, even for what a person may consider possession on a minor scale and only for personal use.  Drug charges carry serious consequences, which is why you need equally aggressive defense on your side. I can help you defend against a variety of charges, including:

  • Distribution and delivery
  • Manufacturing
  • Possession

I routinely interact with this areas prosecutors and judges, always presenting your case aggressively to achieve the best results for you.  

Traffic Offenses

While a speeding ticket or other minor traffic violation may seem like a simple thing to deal with, just paying that fine and sending in that guilty plea can have consequences that outweigh the benefits of "just getting it over with."  The potential ramifications include insurance rates rising and potential suspension of your driver’s license for repeat offenders.

Driving with a suspended or revoked license carries significant penalties.  You need an attorney who can present your case in the best possible light and minimize the penalties you face for driving with a suspended or revoked license.