Planning a summer get together at your house this weekend? The Iowa Supreme Court recently ruled that your front steps or porch is not public for purposes of public intoxication. In its reasoning, the Iowa Supreme Court suggested that to rule that it was public property would be to make it a “crime to sit there calmly on a breezy summer day and sip a mojito” or even grill with “bourbon-infused barbecue sauce.” So enjoy your get together in the outdoors before the weather gets cold again, just drink responsibly and don’t wander too far from your front porch.. If you have questions about this or any other criminal law matter, contact Jim at 515-987-4578.
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