While felonies are generally defined as crimes involving violence, that is not necessarily always the case. Felonies are more serious than misdemeanors, though, and typically carry a more severe sentence, including the possibility of jail time. An Iowa man accused of theft and felony forgery has just been arrested and may be facing such a sentence, though an experienced criminal defense attorney may be able to work with him to improve the outlook.
The 29-year-old man was taken into custody early on Feb. 28. He is facing accusations that he illegally obtained debit cards and then supposedly withdrew cash from ATMs. Investigators also claim that he tried to use forged and bad checks on a number of occasions, including allegedly using a bad check from his own account to buy lottery tickets.
The defendant is now facing a total of 21 charges. These include five counts of felony forgery and four counts of felony lottery forgery or theft of a ticket. In addition, he faces a number of misdemeanor charges ranging from unauthorized use of a credit card to various degrees of theft.
As of Tuesday morning, the defendant was being held in lieu of bond set at $32,000. With such a staggering number of charges against him, the defendant will undoubtedly want to consider securing the representation of an Iowa criminal defense attorney with experience in other felony cases. An experienced lawyer will be able to work closely with the defendant to make sure his legal rights are protected throughout and work toward the best possible outcome. Whether fighting to have the charges dropped, working toward a decreased sentence or a plea bargain, or a verdict of not guilty, a lawyer will be able to find the best approach.
Source: globegazette.com, "21 theft, forgery charges filed against Clear Lake man", Molly Montag, Feb. 28, 2017