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Iowa legislature separates felonies into different classes

Readers of this Iowa City criminal defense law blog may be familiar with the terms felonies and misdemeanors. Both felonies and misdemeanors are crimes that the state has deemed punishable through the judicial system. While felony convictions can carry with them serious consequences like incarceration and heavy fines, misdemeanor punishments are usually less severe.

Fighting probation revocation in Iowa

Not everyone who is convicted of a felony in Iowa goes straight to prison. In many cases, the offender is placed on probation. In other cases, the offender serves only part of the sentence and is then released and placed on probation for the remainder of the sentence.

Cedar Rapids woman faces vehicular homicide charge

A 21-year-old Cedar Rapids woman is facing a very serious criminal charge arising out of a fatal car accident that occurred a year ago on Interstate 80 in the Coralville area. The woman has been charged with vehicular homicide by reckless driving, a Class C felony. If convicted, the woman faces up to 10 years in a state prison.

What is the law of self-defense in Iowa?

Defendants who are facing assault or homicide charges in Iowa can sometimes argue successfully that they acted in self-defense. According to Iowa law, a person is justified in responding with reasonable force when they have a reasonable belief that doing so is necessary to defend themselves, or another person, from an immediate threat of unlawful force. This rule contains two main limitations on the use of force to defend oneself: the threat one is facing must be immediate, and the force used in response must be reasonable.

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