FELONY CONVICTIONS IN IOWA

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.

CLASS A FELONY CONVICTIONS IN IOWA:

Charges:

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:

Charges:

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:

Charges:

voluntary manslaughter

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

Charges:

involuntary manslaughter

3rd degree burglary

theft in the 2nd degree

human trafficking

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.