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Felony Attorneys Des Moines, IA

Dedicated Defense for Felony Charges in Iowa

While no one wants to be charged for a crime, felony charges have severe long-term consequences. Those convicted of felonies face challenges when applying for housing or employment. These convictions lead to the loss of the right to vote and other collateral consequences. Branstad & Olson offers support. Our Des Moines felony lawyers are ready for the defense you need.

Call us now at (515) 329-3100. Our Des Moines felony attorneys will be as aggressive as needed to address felony accusations against you.

Common Felonies in Iowa

The level of felony can depend on the severity of injuries, as well as the situation surrounding the alleged crime. A charge may also be a felony based on prior convictions, even if prior convictions were not felony level. Certain drug charges are designated as felonies. The designation may depend on where the acts took place, who was involved, and the type and amount of substance.

Common felony charges in Iowa include:

  • Assault: Felony assault charges typically stem from allegations involving a serious injury. Assault causing a serious injury, where the person did not intend to cause an injury, is a class d felony Iowa. Assault where a person intended to cause a serious injury and did cause that injury, is a class C felony.
  • Sexual assault, battery, or abuse: Depending on the situation, the alleged sexual act, and the age of the individuals involved, sexual offenses may be categorized as class A, B, C, or D felony offenses. Besides potential prison and probation terms, convictions for offenses that have a sexual component can also carry significant collateral consequences, which may include living restrictions, no contact orders, and special lifetime parole sentences.
  • Theft or burglary: Depending on the value of the item taken, theft can be charged as a class C or D felony. Burglary can be charged as a class B, C, or D felony depending on the circumstances.

Penalties for Felony Charges in Iowa

Depending on the class of felony, you could face various maximum prison terms and fines, which include:

  • Class A felony: life in prison
  • Class B felony: up to 25 years in prison
  • Class C felony: up to $10,000 and up to 10 years in prison
  • Class D felony: up to $7,500 and up to 5 years in prison

Experienced Legal Advice for Felony Cases in Iowa

Our Des Moines, IA felony attorneys have a track record of success in felony criminal cases. Sometimes this means obtaining a not guilty verdict. Sometimes that means negotiating a reduction in charge, a probation sentence, or a deferred judgment. Sometimes that just means reviewing the evidence completely and giving good advice. No matter what, we work diligently for your best outcome. You can count on our ability to offer a candid, clear analysis of your case and explain your legal options.

Contact Branstad & Olson now at (515) 329-3100 to discuss your felony charges during a confidential consultation with our Des Moines felony lawyers.


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