Why Hire a Des Moines Theft Lawyer?
A theft crime conviction can impact a person for years, which is why it is so important that you do not put your trust in any attorney other than one who has significant experience handling theft crime cases. Our firm understands that people make mistakes, and we also understand that all too frequently, people are wrongfully charged with crimes. No matter your circumstances, we are here to help.
Theft Defined Under Iowa Law
Iowa law defines theft as taking possession or control of another person’s property with the intent to permanently deprive the person of that property. There are a wide variety of crimes that fall into the category of theft, including shoplifting, robbery, certain white-collar crimes, and more.
Consequences of Theft Crimes in Iowa
As with most crimes, the consequences you may face upon conviction largely depend on the severity of the crime. In Iowa, there are five degrees of theft. The greater the dollar amount of property stolen, the harsher the penalties you will face. The consequences of theft charges in Iowa are as follows:
- For stolen property valued at $300 or less: Fifth-degree theft (a simple misdemeanor), for which you may face up to 30 days in jail and a potential $105-$855 fine.
- For stolen property valued between $300-$750: Fourth-degree theft (a serious misdemeanor), for which you may face up to one year in jail and a potential $430-$2,560 fine.
- For stolen property valued between $750-$1,500: Third-degree theft (an aggravated misdemeanor), for which you may face up to two years in jail and a potential $855-$8,450 fine.
- For stolen property valued between $1,500 and $10,000: Second-degree theft (a Class D felony), for which you may face up to five years of incarceration and a potential $1,025-$10,245 fine.
- For stolen property valued more than $10,000: First-degree theft (a Class C felony), for which you may face up to 10 years of incarceration and a potential $1,370-$13,660 fine.
Contact a Des Moines Theft Lawyer
As you can see, the consequences of committing a theft crime in Iowa are very serious, and if you’ve been charged with a crime, the most important thing you can do is reach out to a Des Moines theft lawyer who has significant experience handling these cases. Contact Herting Law, PLLC today to learn more about how we can help guide you through every step of the legal process ahead.