In Iowa, felony charges carry serious consequences. Felony charges include robbery, felony theft, aggravated assault, rape, sexual assault, burglary, murder charges and felony drug charges, among many others. In a felony prosecution the accused usually faces the possibility of a prison sentence if convicted. For those with a prior criminal record, the stakes are even higher.
Anyone facing a felony charge in Iowa needs a solid defense plan. An experienced defense lawyer can review the state's evidence for any inconsistencies, interview potential witnesses and help the accused uncover evidence to support his or her side of the story. A strong trial strategy, from pretrial motions through jury selection to closing argument, is essential.
It is important to remember that the prosecution has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. By questioning the state's evidence and cross-examining prosecution witnesses, the defense can cast reasonable doubt on the state's version of the facts.
A solid defense strategy also includes reviewing the arrest record to determine whether the accused's constitutional rights were violated. If the defense can persuade the judge that police conduct, including searches of the accused's home, vehicle or person, was unconstitutional, the evidence seized can be ruled inadmissible at trial.
At the law firm of J. Dean Keegan and Thomas D.S. Farnsworth, we have more than 30 years of combined experience defending Iowa citizens who have been accused of felonies and other crimes. We pride ourselves on working hard to get the best possible outcome for our clients. You can learn more about our Eastern Iowa criminal defense practice on the Criminal Defense section of our web page.