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What constitutes a white collar crime in Iowa?

In Iowa and elsewhere, there are a number of criminal charges people can face, from serious felonies to relatively minor misdemeanors. People may have heard the term "white collar crime," but they may not be exactly certain what that means. What, exactly, is a white collar crime? Perhaps more importantly, what might someone accused of such a crime expect to face?

Iowa city woman accused of felony, misdemeanors after brawl

Far too often, what actually occurred during any incident involving alleged illegal activity boils down to who says what. Of course, sometimes there are cameras or multiple witnesses, but other times it's difficult for police and court officials to be certain of exactly what occurred, which is only one reason a seasoned criminal defense attorney can be so invaluable. A lawyer's knowledge and experience can be crucial in a situation such as a recent case involving an Iowa City woman who is facing multiple charges, including a felony.

Iowa man faces up to 5 years if convicted of tire-slashing felony

Being charged with a felony is serious business. In Iowa, a conviction could result in a state prison sentence of two years or more, even up to life imprisonment for some violent crimes. Nevertheless, anyone accused of felony is fully protected by the presumption of innocence and other legal rights that accrue to anyone accused of a crime in this state.

6 Iowa teens facing felony and misdemeanor charges

Being convicted of a crime at any age can carry serious, lifelong repercussions. For younger individuals, though, being found guilty of crimes such as a felony or drug charges can be especially ruinous, creating a criminal record where none existed before and affecting educational opportunities and many career paths. Whatever types of criminal accusations an individual is facing, it is important to secure effective representation in order to pursue the best possible outcome. When the accused individuals are not yet adults, the juvenile justice system typically has jurisdiction, although -- in some instances -- they may be tried as an adult in criminal court.

Benefits of an Iowa defense attorney when facing felony charges

When someone finds him or herself facing criminal charges in Iowa or any other state or federal jurisdiction, a decision about how to address the charges will need to be made. Regardless of whether misdemeanor or felony charges are involved, Iowa prosecutors have the burden of proving the formal accusations in court and beyond a reasonable doubt. That legal standard is often difficult to meet, even when the evidence initially appears to point toward a defendant's guilt.

Iowa City woman faces felony, misdemeanor charges

When Iowa individuals find themselves facing criminal charges, they're not only dealing with the immediate stress of arrest, potential jail time and more, they're also looking at the long-term damage such accusations could mean for their futures. From white collar crimes to assault and battery, felony charges to misdemeanors, or other charges, the criminal justice system is far too often a stressful and frightening place, especially without the support and guidance of an experienced legal professional. A recently arrested Iowa City woman may be finding her own current situation to be similarly overwhelming.

Iowa casino worker facing felony charge for alleged $10K theft

Despite the adage "innocent until proven guilty," even being accused of a crime often has serious repercussions on a person's life. For this reason, individuals who find themselves facing felony charges often choose to secure the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney. Taking immediate action to seek the support of a criminal defense professional often proves key to securing the most favorable outcome under any given set of circumstances.

Iowa woman accused of embezzlement of over $24,000

When someone in Iowa stands accused of a white collar crime, the investigation is an altogether different type than what might be involved in, say, a home burglary. There are rarely witnesses, fingerprints or other types of physical evidence. Rather, the investigation generally involves officials trying to build a case based mostly around paperwork. Such appears to be the situation in Iowa, where a woman is facing embezzlement charges.

Iowa man arrested on forgery charges, a class D felony

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.

Iowa man accused of stealing motorcycle faces felony charges

Sometimes, all it takes for an individual's life to change is the mere accusation of a crime. Especially for anyone unfamiliar with the legal system, being charged with a felony and arrested can be an unsettling and frightening experience. It may be even more upsetting if the situation is one in which it's one person's word against another, with little other apparent evidence.

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