Waterloo, IA asked in Criminal Law for Iowa

Q: charged with a felony but the day before i plead guilty, the law changed reducing the amount to an aggravated misdeamer.

I was charged with theft 2nd, a class D felony in December 2018. I plead guilty on July 2nd, 2019. I later found out that on July 1st (1 day prior to my guilty plea, the law lowered the amount making it now an aggravated misdemeanor. I found this out after the psi report was completed. apparently, the psi investigator didn't know the law changed either because she still recommended based on class D felony. I agreed to the plea deal (recommend 2-5 years suspended sentence but now they say the sentencing will be as aggravated but charge still be felony) I also was told that I would be able to argue for a deferred judgment. when the psi came back, it showed that I had used my 2 because one was when I was charged a juvenile but sentencing after I was 18. I am not impressed with public defender. I am willing to hire a private lawyer if someone is confident that it will accomplish a better outcome. The sentencing hearing is 9/30/19 at 2 pm so time is of the essence for sure. Thank you!

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Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL

A: Then spend the money and hire a private lawyer

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