Felonies are a type of crime generally considered less violent or dangerous; in fact, while obviously illegal, some felonies are what many might term a "victimless" crime. In Iowa, even within the umbrella felony grouping, there is still a wide assortment of crimes, ranging from Class A felonies all the way down to Class D, the least serious. Though Class D felonies are sometimes considered minimal, they are still felonies and are thus subject to any and all potential attendant penalties.
An Iowa man was recently arrested on charges of forgery, a class D felony. The arrest was following a police investigation into a case involving a $2,000 insurance check. Investigating officials were advised that the stolen check had been forged and deposited at an ATM at the United Bank in Iowa.
The police enquiry led to the arrest of the 41-year-old. Currently, he is being held in jail on $5,000 bond, though the police department says the investigation into the case is ongoing. Additional information may be forthcoming in the future, and further details surrounding any evidence are not apparent in news stories at this time.
Just because an Iowa resident has been arrested on felony charges does not mean he or she is guilty of any wrong-doing; the burden of proof is placed upon the prosecution to prove any criminal charges beyond a reasonable doubt. However, being convicted of such charges, even for a Class D felony, can still carry serious repercussions -- from fines to jail sentences – and will permanently create a criminal record even where none existed before. This, in turn, may complicate the life of the accused, affecting anything from job prospects to child visitation rights and more. Usually, the key to achieving the best outcome possible when facing criminal charges is to secure the representation of an experienced criminal defense attorney.
Source: siouxcityjournal.com, "Storm Lake man arrested on felony forgery charge", Earl Horlyk, July 10, 2017