The crime of Theft can be charged several different ways. The traditional way would be to take something that doesn't belong to you. For example, stealing a bottle of liquor from the store.

Theft can also be charged by other alternatives or theories. For example,

  • Possessing Stolen Property. Someone possessing stolen property knowing that it is stolen. (Even if the person possessing the property didn't actually steal it.)
  • Bad check. Writing a check out on an a closed checking account or an account you know doesn't have sufficient funds.
  • Misappropriation. Taking funds from an employer.

The charge of theft has several different levels.

  • Simple Misdemeanor. Value stolen is $200 or less.
  • Serious Misdemeanor. Value stolen is greater than $200 but less than $500.
  • Aggravated Misdemeanor. Value stolen is greater than $500 but less than $1000.
  • Class D Felony. Value stolen is greater that $1000 but less than $10,000.
  • Class C Felony. Value stolen is greater than $10,000.

Theft is known as a crime of dishonesty or moral turpitude. The crime of theft can have serious consequences on one's employment prospects because it shows up on most background checks. Therefore, a criminal conviction for theft will never go away. Further, jail or prison time can result. A simple misdemeanor faces up to 30 days in jail. A Class C felony faces up to 10 year in prison.

A qualified advocate is needed to look at your case and determine any defenses. Contact a qualified Iowa Theft defense lawyer at 515-955-2193 or toll free 855-955-2193. We have a location in Fort Dodge to serve our clients.