Iowa felonies are designated as a class. The classes are “A,” “B,” “C,” or “D.”

Class “A” Felony

This is the most serious type of felony. Punishment is life in prison. No parole. No probation. You will serve the rest of your life behind bars unless your sentence is commuted by the Governor (the chances of that happening are probably 1 in a million).

Class “B” Felony

If convicted of a Class B, you will be sent to prison for 25 years. You may well serve 18 years behind bars.

Class “C” Felony

This carries a penalty of ten years in prison. Some Class C felonies require a prison sentence. There is also a fine of $1,000 to $10,000.

Class “D” Felony

Class D felonies are punishable by a prison sentence of five years and a fine of $750 to $7,500.