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Iowa Misdemeanor Sentences

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Under Iowa Law, as codified in Iowa Code 903.1, there are 3 classes of misdemeanors, each with its own possible term of imprisonment and fine.  This article addresses those Iowa misdemeanors.


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Aggravated misdemeanor sentence in Iowa

An aggravated misdemeanor is the most serious form of misdemeanor in Iowa.  It carries a prison term of 2 years, and a fine of at least $625 but not more than $6,250.  Because Iowa’s aggravated misdemeanor charge has the potential for a term in prison of 2 years, most other states (and the US federal government) treat an Iowa aggravated misdemeanor conviction as though it is an out-of-state felony conviction.  That makes the aggravated misdemeanor a charge that can have long-lasting consequences.

Serious misdemeanor sentence in Iowa


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The serious misdemeanor charge in Iowa is punishable by up to a year in the county jail and a fine between $315 and $1,875.

Simple misdemeanor sentence in Iowa

A simple misdemeanor charge in Iowa carries up to 30 days in the county jail and a fine of between $65 and $625.


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Some simple misdemeanors in Iowa, such as simple traffic offense, are punishable by only a scheduled fine and not jail time.


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