Drug Charges


Des Moines Drug Case Legal Help

Mr. Rouse has extensive experience defending people charged with drug related charges in both federal and state courts. Drug charges can range anywhere from misdemeanor possession of marijuana, cocaine, or prescription drugs to felony state charges of Conspiracy, Possession with Intent to Distribute, Manufacture or Distribution.

Drug and narcotics charges must never be taken lightly, regardless of the level of offense. Large scale drug convictions may carry several years of mandatory prison time in state or federal facilities. Even small scale drug violations are becoming more severe with mandatory penalties becoming more common.

Under Iowa criminal law, a small scale possession conviction will cost you a driver’s license suspension even if you were not driving when you were arrested.

Sometimes people are charged with a drug crime merely because they happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, however, drugs in your proximity is not enough to convict you.

If you are not guilty of what you are charged with, you cannot be complacent and simply hope for the best. You must aggressively defend yourself.

Other times, people are guilty of illegal involvement with drugs, but their personal circumstances are such that they are battling with an addiction, or there are other extenuating circumstances that should be taken into account. The facts of individual drug case vary widely, and your defense should never begin with a preconceived idea about what approach is best. Cookie-cutter defenses in drug cases are not effective.

The best thing you can do when charged with a drug offense is to immediately find an experienced defense attorney who knows not only how to protect your rights and assist you in maintaining your innocence, but also one who also knows how to help you in finding effective treatment, work, school or other rehabilitative programs if they appropriate in your case.

You need a lawyer experienced enough to help you identify the best procedure for your specific circumstances in order to obtain the best possible result.


I approach every case with the intent to get the best results for my clients. If you or a loved one has been charged with a drug offense, please feel free to call or email me. Consultations are free 515-379-8303.