In my blog posts, when I write about a specific crime, I usually inform my readers about a class of that crime. For example, whether it is a misdemeanor or a felony convictions in Iowa, whether it is a Class A felony or a Class D felony. Today, I want to explain how Iowa law classifies those felonies.
In Iowa, felonies are defined as criminal offenses that carry a prison sentence of one year or more. Iowa law divides felonies into four classes—Class “A” through “D”, with Class “A” being the most severe. Below is a breakdown of those four classes of felonies. I also included some of the criminal charges and sentences that ffall within each class. Previously, I blogged about some of those crimes.
1st degree murder
1st degree sexual abuse
1st degree kidnapping
Sentence: life imprisonment without possibility of parole (unless the Governor commutes the sentence to a term of years or a person was under 18 at the time of the offense)
CLASS B FELONY CONVICTIONS IN IOWA:
2nd degree murder
2nd degree sexual abuse
2nd degree kidnapping
1st degree robbery
1st degree arson
1st degree burglary
certain drug crimes
Sentence: up to 25 years of imprisonment (except 2nd degree murder is up to 50 years. Iowa Code 703.7)
CLASS C FELONY CONVICTIONS IN IOWA:
3rd degree sexual abuse
3rd degree kidnapping
2nd degree robbery
2nd degree arson
2nd degree burglary
1st degree theft
human trafficking where the victim is under 18
certain drug crimes
Sentence: up to 10 years of imprisonment and a potential fine of at least $1,000.00, but not more than $10,000.00
CLASS D FELONY CONVICTIONS IN IOWA
3rd degree burglary
theft in the 2nd degree
operating while under the influence—3rd offense
Sentence: up to 5 years imprisonment and a potential fine of $750.00 to $7,500.00. Prison term may be deferred or suspended unless that is a forcible felony. Felony records in Iowa generally cannot be expunged.
This overview does not cover every exception to class delineations, nor does it discuss aggravating or mitigating factors that could alter terms of a sentence. Those factors can substantially affect one’s terms of a sentence. That is why a person charged with a felony needs an experienced and knowledgeable attorney to provide guidance and assistance to get the best outcome. So, if you or your loved one is charged with a felony in Iowa, do not hesitate to call us at Stowers and Sarcone Law Firm at 515.224.7446. Our experienced attorneys provide dedicated and experienced representation in felony cases.