Felony to Simple Misdemeanors
Aggravated misdemeanors are the most serious class of misdemeanors, punishable by up to two years in jail and a fine of $625 to $6,250. (Iowa Code § 903.1.) For example, possession of child pornography is an aggravated misdemeanor.
A serious misdemeanor in Iowa is punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of between $315 and $1,875.(Iowa Code § 903.1.) For example, assaults (acts that cause pain, fear, or injury) that are hate crimes are punishable as serious misdemeanors.
A simple misdemeanor is punishable by: up to 30 days in jail and/or a fine of $65 to $625, or both.
Statutes of Limitations
Statutes of limitations set forth time limits for beginning criminal prosecution. The statute of limitations begins to “run” when the crime is committed. Usually, less serious crimes have shorter statutes of limitations