Des Moines Felony Lawyers
If you've been accused of committing a serious crime, you should consult with an Iowa felony lawyer right away. An attorney familiar with Iowa felonies can help you minimize or avoid prison time, fines, and other unpleasant consequences.
Unless you've received a deferred judgment, it's very unlikely that a conviction or guilty plea will ever be expunged or come off your record. Iowa felony expungement is unlikely. That's why it's important to do everything you can to prevent that conviction from ever happening.
At Clark & Sears Law, we defend the rights and liberties of good people who are accused of bad things. A good Des Moines felony attorney might be able to save you from paying thousands in fines and spending years in prison, away from your family.
Get out of trouble and get back to life. Call Katherine Sears and John Sears at Clark & Sears Law, now at (515) 200-2787 to set up a free consultation. A receptionist is available 24/7 to take your call.
Iowa classifies crimes as “felonies” or “misdemeanors.”
Statutes that define crimes may tell you what the punishment for that crime is. If the statute doesn’t tell you what the punishment is, the punishments are as follows:
Class "A" Felonies
If you're convicted of a Class A felony, you will be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Unless the governor commutes your sentence to a term of years, you're in jail for forever.
For first offense convictions on "conspiracy to manufacture for delivery or delivery or intent or conspiracy to deliver amphetamine or methamphetamine to a minor," you will face a prison sentence of up to 99 years. A second offense is a Class "A" felony.
Class "B" felonies
If you are convicted of a Class B felony in Iowa, you will spend up to 25 years in prison.
If you have been convicted of a felony in Iowa or in any other state two or more times, a new conviction of a Class C felony or a class D felony in Iowa will mean that you are a "habitual offender." (Iowa Code 902.8). A habitual offender conviction means that you will not be eligible for parole until you have completed at least 3 years of your sentence. (902.8)
Additionally, while you would usually go to prison for up to five years for a class D felony or up to 10 years for a class C felony, habitual offenders can be sentenced to up to fifteen years in prison. (Iowa Code 902.9)
Class "C" Felonies
If you are convicted of an Iowa Class C felony, you will serve an indeterminate sentence of up to 10 years in prison.
**NEW** After July 15, 2020, your class C felony conviction means that you will pay fines of $1,370 - $13,660, plus 15% crime services surcharge and any other applicable surcharges.
For crimes committed prior to July 15, 2020, your class C felony conviction means that you will pay fines of $1000 - $10,000, plus 35% criminal penalty surcharge and any other applicable surcharges.
Class "D" Felonies
If you are convicted of an Iowa Class D felony, you will serve an indeterminate sentence of up to 5 years in prison.
**NEW** After July 15, 2020, fines of $1,025 - $10,245 apply to Class C felony convictions. Additionally, you must pay a 15% crime services surcharge and any other applicable surcharges.
For crimes committed prior to July 15, 2020, your class D felony conviction means that you will pay fines of $750-$7500, plus 35% criminal penalty surcharge and any other applicable surcharges.