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About Tom Graves

Attorney Thomas Graves represents clients in Clive, Des Moines and the surrounding Iowa communities. He provides personal service and attention to every client and finds creative solutions to the legal issues that impact their lives. He has handled criminal and family law matters for more than 11 years.

Justice for Iowans

The other day an Assistant Attorney General and I engaged in oral argument before a Polk County District Court Judge.  Much of the discussion was about various rules of civil procedure, rules of evidence and whether, for instance, advice not to talk to police translated to a DHS appeal hearing.

I did raise issues I thought […]

By |May 12th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Child abuse

I am reminded today that while I often rail against DHS, there are real cases of child abuse out there and these children need protection.

It seems that most of these cases have a drug connection.  But there are also cases of physical abuse, sexual abuse and just plain old inability of the parents to meet […]

By |May 5th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Raising the bar on a fraud conviction

You may have read today that the former Indianola City Attorney is getting a new trial in his fraud conviction.  That’s because the State of Iowa…and this was approved by the Judge…lowered the bar and made it easier to prove that fraud had occurred.  Basically, the jury was instructed that they could convict if there […]

By |May 2nd, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ethics and the lawyer

On my first day of law school, we had an ethics discussion. Ethics are important to attorneys, even those who don’t follow the ethics rules. That’s because the Iowa Supreme Court holds their feet to the fire.

Lawyers’ ethics are not the same as good old traditional morality. For instance, if my client admits he has […]

By |May 1st, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Police? DHS? Don’t expect sympathy

There’s a scene in cop movie after cop movie, where the detective tells the suspect that he understands why they did what he thinks they did. “She didn’t appreciate you.” Or, “She led you on.” Or, “You just lost control.”

Don’t be fooled. If the police — or the DHS — comes to question you, they […]

Don’t need a will, do you?

You don’t, unless you care about where your property goes if you die. Oh, and, if you have a minor child, you may want to give the court some direction on who should raise your minor child.

It is axiomatic in U.S. law that one may dispose of his or her property according to his or […]

By |April 30th, 2015|Family Law|0 Comments

What is a DHS Assessment?

What to do if you receive an assessment from the Iowa DHS.
By |July 25th, 2014|Child Custody, DHS, Family Law|0 Comments

Do Grandparents Have Rights in Juvenile Court?

Grandparents are told that they don’t have any custodial rights in Iowa, but when it comes to a child in need of assistance case in juvenile court, that’s simply not true.
By |July 11th, 2014|Child Custody, Family Law|0 Comments

Going to trial

When you hire a criminal defense lawyer, makes sure they’re willing to take you to a jury trial. Unless you are only charged with a simple misdemeanor, an Iowa defendant has a right to a jury trial. Even then, you can have a jury trial for a simple misdemeanor if you ask for it soon […]

By |July 5th, 2014|Criminal Defense|0 Comments

Should you let DHS in your house?

Most people have nothing to hide.  Even if you don’t, you have the right to keep any government agency…the DHS or the police…from entering your house unless they have a warrant.

You don’t have to talk to the police or the DHS either, and normally during a DHS investigation, Tom Graves of the Graves Law Firm […]

By |June 25th, 2014|Child Custody, Family Law, Juvenile Law|0 Comments