The classifications in the State of Iowa for felonies are as follows:
Class A: Mandatory life in prison without the opportunity for parole
Class B: 25 years in prison
Class C: 10 years in prison
Class D: 5 years in prison
The classifications in the State of Iowa for misdemeanors are as follows:
Aggravated: 2 years in prison
Serious: 365 days in jail
Simple: 30 days in jail
Under Iowa Code Section 702.11, certain offenses are defined as “forcible felonies.” A forcible felony is defined as, with certain exceptions, any felonious child endangerment, assault, murder, sexual abuse, kidnapping, robbery, arson in the first degree, or burglary in the first degree. If convicted of a forcible felony, the Iowa Code mandates the offender be incarcerated, and that the sentence not be suspended. Under Iowa Code section 902.12, certain forcible felony convictions require 70% of the term of incarceration be served before the offender is eligible for release.
For convictions of sexual offenses, provisions of the Iowa Code may require the offender to register as a sexual offender, submit to electronic monitoring, or be subject to lifetime parole.
Under certain provisions of the Iowa Code Section 124, offenders convicted of a controlled substance offense are subject to a mandatory term of imprisonment of one third of the maximum term before they are eligible for parole.
If you have been charged with, or believe you may be charged with, a criminal offense, contact James Nelsen to discuss what type of punishment you may be facing if convicted and, more importantly, how to defend against the allegations.
If you have been charged with a criminal offense, seek an attorney who knows your rights, and will vigorously represent you.