Assault charges in Iowa can be confusing if you’re unfamiliar with the law. In Iowa, there are a number of different assault charges that can be brought against you, including but not limited to:
- Simple assault
- Assault causing injury
- Domestic assault
- Willful injury
Assault as a Misdemeanor
The degree of assault depends on the severity of the intent and result of the assault. To be charged with a simple misdemeanor assault, the prosecution must prove that the defendant acted in a way intended to:
- immediately cause pain, insult, injury or offence to the other party
- place the other party in immediate fear of pain, insult, injury or offense
A serious misdemeanor assault causing injury simply requires an actual injury result from the assault. The more serious the injury, the more serious the level of the charge. Note, however, that physical contact is not a requirement for an assault charge – the act of causing fear of physical contact is enough to be charged with assault, if intent is proven and the act could be immediately executed in the present moment.
Assault as a Felony
If the injuries resulting from an assault are considered serious or life-threatening, the assault may be charged as a felony. In addition to assault causing injury or willful injury, Iowa also charges assault with a dangerous weapon as a felony.
Assaults that are charged as felonies can result in more severe sentencing consequences.
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