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Criminal Defense: Assault, Drug Possession, OWI, and other crimes
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Every case is different, and the information provided here is not intended to be exhaustive. However, this will provide a basic idea of how criminal law works in Iowa courts.
The court may suspend a sentence and place the defendant on probation upon such terms and conditions as it may require.
Probationers are subject to the conditions established by the judicial district department of correctional services subject to the approval of the court, and any additional reasonable conditions which the court or district department may impose to promote rehabilitation of the defendant or protection of the community.
If a probation violation is established, the court may hold the defendant in contempt of court and sentence the defendant to a jail term while continuing the probation, order the defendant to be placed in a violator facility while continuing the probation, or revoke the probation and require the defendant to serve the sentence imposed or any lesser sentence.
With the consent of the defendant, the court may defer judgment and may place the defendant on probation upon conditions as it may require.
Crimes are classified as either misdemeanors or felonies. Misdemeanors carry less harsh punishments and range from simple to aggravated. Felonies carry more harsh penalties and range from Class D to Class A. Note: some crimes carry specific sentences and punishment can be "enhanced" based on prior convictions.