Iowa Judicial Branch: Guide to Criminal Court Procedure, March 2, 2018

(2018) Iowa Judicial Branch: Guide to Criminal Court Procedure, March 2, 2018. Judicial Branch


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In general, the process in district court involves the assertion of claims and the presentation of evidence to support or refute claims. Criminal cases involve charges filed by the government— typically the state—alleging that a person, the defendant, has violated a criminal law or ordinance. Typically, a person convicted of committing a criminal offense is subject to certain penalties such as paying a fine and restitution, serving time in prison or jail, or community service. Criminal law is divided into two major classifications: misdemeanors and felonies. Misdemeanors are divided into three categories: simple, serious, and aggravated. Felonies are more serious crimes, and are classified from the most to the least serious as follows: class A, B, C, and D. For both misdemeanor and felony offenses, the penalty for conviction generally increases in severity with the level of offense.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: Criminal Court, Judicial Branch, Courts, Felonies
Subjects: Law enforcement and courts
Law enforcement and courts > Courts
Law enforcement and courts > Courts > Civilcourts
Laws and regulations
ID Code: 38826
Deposited By: Margaret Barr
Deposited On: 02 Nov 2021 12:50
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2021 12:50