Accused Of A Theft Crime In Iowa?

Theft is defined as taking or maintaining possession of another’s property with intent to deprive the rightful owner of its use or benefit or using the property for one’s own benefit contrary to the rights of the true owner.

The level of charge is largely dependent on the value of property/money stolen, whether it is:

  • Theft by taking, commonly known as stealing
  • Theft by misappropriation, otherwise known as embezzlement
  • Theft by deception
  • Receipt or control over stolen property

Misdemeanor And Felony Theft Charges


These criminal charges fall into one of five categories and their consequences vary:


  • Fifth degree: Theft is valued at $300 or less.
  • Fourth degree: Theft is valued at more than $300 but less than $750.
  • Third degree: Theft is valued at more than $750 but less than $1500 or the defendant has two prior convictions.


  • Second degree: Theft is valued at more than $1,500 but less than $10,000.
  • First degree: Theft is valued at $10,000 or more.

Theft is considered a “crime of dishonesty” or “crime of moral turpitude,” and many employers will terminate an employee with a theft conviction on his or her record. If this kind of crime shows up on a background check, employment is often denied, as well.

To make the stakes even higher, these convictions in Iowa cannot be expunged, unless you receive a deferred judgment. This means it will remain on your criminal record indefinitely.

If you or a loved one is facing a charge of this nature, I can help.

A Careful Look At The Evidence


I am criminal defense attorney Michael Culp, and with decades of experience, I know what to look for when examining the evidence in these cases. I can examine the evidence the prosecution plans to use against you and put forth the strongest defense possible.

Don’t Delay. Reach Out.


Reach out to my office in Des Moines immediately to begin the process. Call 515-288-3333 or email my firm. I offer free consultations and flexible appointments.