A client was facing 3rd Degree Sexual Abuse.
Shortly before trial, the charge was DISMISSED with prejudice in exchange for an Alford plea to a simple assault. Rather than facing trial on a Class C felony charge with a potential penalty of 10 years in prison, fines of $1,370 - $13,660, and sex offender registration requirements, the defendant entered an Alford plea to a simple misdemeanor and was fined $105. The defendant will be able to expunge the history of the felony charge. (An "Alford plea" is a guilty plea where a criminal defendant asserts that they are innocent.)
Polk County, Iowa. 334752; 396380.
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When someone alleges that you have committed a public offense in Iowa, law enforcement will start an investigation. If the police believe there is probable cause to charge you, they will take you to jail. Instead of taking you to jail, they might give you a notice to appear. Your notice to appear tells you when your court date is. If you are arrested, an officer might read your rights to you. After that, you can call a lawyer or a law firm.
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