Cedar Rapids Criminal Lawyer explains: Iowa approves new theft classifications based on value

The Iowa Legislature has approved, and the Governor has signed into law, a theft reclassification system that requires the State to prove higher values of theft when charging more serious offenses. For example, before July 1, 2019, the theft of anything with a value below $200 was a simple misdemeanor Theft in the Fifth Degree. Anything more than $200 allowed the prosecutor to seek indictable, serious misdemeanor theft charges against a defendant. That dividing line has been amended to $300. The theft of anything exceeding three hundred dollars in value but not exceeding seven hundred fifty dollars in value is now theft in the fourth degree. Before July 1, 2019, anything exceeding $200 but

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