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Iowa man faces charges after allegedly breaking into apartment

Even when an act appears to be simple or innocent, individuals could face serious criminal charges. This is especially true when a person has past convictions of the same crime. This could elevate the potential penalties, causing it to even become a felony offense. Therefore, it is important to be fully aware of these situations and what defense options are available.

According to recent reports, a homeless Iowa man was charged with entering the apartment of a woman and going through her mail. Based on the criminal complaint by Iowa police, this alleged crime took place in the 300 block of East College Street around 1 p.m. The victim of the incident claimed that she was home alone when the man walked through her unlocked front door. He then supposedly continued into her bedroom.

The victim reported that the man asked if "Katie" was home, then proceeded into the kitchen where he began going through he mail. She asked the man to leave several times, however, he apparently remained in her residence and lingered around. Authorities were unable to locate the man when they arrived to the apartment. However, the victim was able to identify him in a photo lineup. The 26-year-old man was being held in a county jail for unrelated burglary charges.

Based on the reports, the man was arrested for breaking into a residence by cutting through a screen door back in January. He also faces charges for entering a University of Iowa building and allegedly stealing from lockers located in the building. With regards to the most recent charges, he is facing one count of second-degree burglary, which is a Class C felony that is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

When facing such charges, a defendant needs to understand the circumstances surrounding the crime and the elements of the crimes. Taking such steps could help suppress evidence and weaken the case against the accused. This could result in reduced or dismissed charges, helping a defendant avoid serious penalties.

Source: Thegazette.com, "Transient faces burglary charge after entering Iowa City apartment," Lee Hermiston, June 16, 2017

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