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Domestic Violence in Iowa

Des Moines Criminal Defense Attorney Jeff Mathias

Relationship Requirement for Domestic Cases

1. Spouses of Former Spouses living together or apart

2. Family or household members living together at the time of the assault

3. Parents of the same minor child even if they have never lived together

4. People in an intimate relationship or have been intimate within the past year

The Assault Defined for Domestic Offenses

1. Any act intended to cause pain or injury to another or intended to result in offensive physical contact

2. Any act intended to place another in fear of painful injury or offensive physical contact

3. Pointing a firearm or displaying a firearm in a dangerous/threatening manner

So threats are enough, no actual injury is required. Sexual assault can be domestic abuse when sex occurs against the wishes of the victim or under the threat of harm. Name calling or controlling behavior not refusal to let the spouse use the car is not included in domestic abuse. See Iowa Legal Aid, Domestic Abuse .

During the course of a decade of law enforcement, Jeff handled thousands of domestic abuse calls and made hundreds of arrests. Historically, law enforcement looked the other way when it came to domestic abuse, but that is no longer the case. And today the consequences of a history of domestic abuse can be far reaching, including to child custody.

Protective Orders in Iowa

Iowa allows for both Criminal No Contact Orders and Civil Protective Orders. See Iowa protective order form.\

Top 8 Tips if the Cops come to your Door on Domestic Violence Call

1. Speak in short, concise sentences and give the officer a chance to speak.

2. Stay out of the Kitchen, cops are trained to avoid the kitchen at all costs due to all the knives within easy reach.

3. Stay physically apart from family members, do not touch them in a way that could be seen as offensive.

4. Tell your side of the story clearly without criticizing others if possible.

5. If you are arrested, comply so there are no additional charges like resisting arrest.

6. Try to remain calm and explain yourself clearly but don’t implicate yourself.

7. If you do feel the need to confess to something, ask that your attorney be present first.

8. Offer to leave the residence temporarily if needed to give everyone time to cool down.

Iowa Code Chapter 708, Domestic Crimes

IOWA CHAPTER 708.1 ASSAULT DEFINED

An assault as defined in this section is a general intent crime.

A person commits an assault when, without justification, the person

does any of the following:

1. Any act which is intended to cause pain or injury to, or which

is intended to result in physical contact which will be insulting or

offensive to another, coupled with the apparent ability to execute

the act.

2. Any act which is intended to place another in fear of

immediate physical contact which will be painful, injurious,

insulting, or offensive, coupled with the apparent ability to execute

the act.

3. Intentionally points any firearm toward another, or displays

in a threatening manner any dangerous weapon toward another.

Provided, that where the person doing any of the above enumerated

acts, and such other person, are voluntary participants in a sport,

social or other activity, not in itself criminal, and such act is a

reasonably foreseeable incident of such sport or activity, and does

not create an unreasonable risk of serious injury or breach of the

peace, the act shall not be an assault.

Provided, that where the person doing any of the above enumerated

acts is employed by a school district or accredited nonpublic school,

or is an area education agency staff member who provides services to

a school or school district, and intervenes in a fight or physical

struggle, or other disruptive situation, that takes place in the

presence of the employee or staff member performing employment duties

in a school building, on school grounds, or at an official school

function regardless of the location, the act shall not be an assault,

whether the fight or physical struggle or other disruptive situation

is between students or other individuals, if the degree and the force

of the intervention is reasonably necessary to restore order and to

protect the safety of those assembled.

IOWA CHAPTER 708.2 PENALTIES FOR ASSAULT

1. A person who commits an assault, as defined in section 708.1,

with the intent to inflict a serious injury upon another, is guilty

of an aggravated misdemeanor.

2. A person who commits an assault, as defined in section 708.1,

and who causes bodily injury or mental illness, is guilty of a

serious misdemeanor .

3. A person who commits an assault, as defined in section 708.1,

and uses or displays a dangerous weapon in connection with the

assault, is guilty of an aggravated misdemeanor. This subsection

does not apply if section 708.6 or 708.8 applies.

4. A person who commits an assault, as defined in section 708.1,

and who causes serious injury, is guilty of a class "D" felony.

5. A person who commits an assault, as defined in section 708.1,

and who uses any object to penetrate the genitalia or anus of another

person, is guilty of a class "C" felony.

6. Any other assault, except as otherwise provided, is a simple

misdemeanor.

IOWA CHAPTER 708.2A DOMESTIC ABUSE ASSAULT -- MANDATORY MINIMUMS, PENALTIES ENHANCED -- EXTENSION OF NO-CONTACT ORDER

1. For the purposes of this chapter, "domestic abuse assault"

means an assault, as defined in section 708.1, which is domestic

abuse as defined in section 236.2, subsection 2, paragraph "a",

"b" , "c", or "d".

2. On a first offense of domestic abuse assault, the person

commits:

a. A simple misdemeanor for a domestic abuse assault, except

as otherwise provided.

b. A serious misdemeanor, if the domestic abuse assault

causes bodily injury or mental illness.

c. An aggravated misdemeanor, if the domestic abuse assault

is committed with the intent to inflict a serious injury upon

another, or if the person uses or displays a dangerous weapon in

connection with the assault. This paragraph does not apply if

section 708.6 or 708.8 applies.

3. Except as otherwise provided in subsection 2, on a second

domestic abuse assault, a person commits:

a. A serious misdemeanor, if the first offense was classified

as a simple misdemeanor, and the second offense would otherwise be

classified as a simple misdemeanor.

b. An aggravated misdemeanor, if the first offense was

classified as a simple or aggravated misdemeanor, and the second

offense would otherwise be classified as a serious misdemeanor, or

the first offense was classified as a serious or aggravated

misdemeanor, and the second offense would otherwise be classified as

a simple or serious misdemeanor.

4. On a third or subsequent offense of domestic abuse assault, a

person commits a class "D" felony.

5. a. A conviction for, deferred judgment for, or plea of

guilty to, a violation of this section which occurred more than

twelve years prior to the date of the violation charged shall not be

considered in determining that the violation charged is a second or

subsequent offense.

b. For the purpose of determining if a violation charged is a

second or subsequent offense, deferred judgments issued pursuant to

section 907.3 for violations of section 708.2 or this section, which

were issued on domestic abuse assaults, and convictions or the

equivalent of deferred judgments for violations in any other states

under statutes substantially corresponding to this section shall be

counted as previous offenses. The courts shall judicially notice the

statutes of other states which define offenses substantially

equivalent to the offenses defined in this section and can therefore

be considered corresponding statutes. Each previous violation on

which conviction or deferral of judgment was entered prior to the

date of the offense charged shall be considered and counted as a

separate previous offense.

c. An offense shall be considered a prior offense regardless

of whether it was committed upon the same victim.

6. a. A person convicted of violating subsection 2 or 3 shall

serve a minimum term of two days of the sentence imposed by law, and

shall not be eligible for suspension of the minimum sentence. The

minimum term shall be served on consecutive days. The court shall

not impose a fine in lieu of the minimum sentence, although a fine

may be imposed in addition to the minimum sentence. This section

does not prohibit the court from sentencing and the person from

serving the maximum term of confinement or from paying the maximum

fine permitted pursuant to chapters 902 and 903, and does not

prohibit the court from entering a deferred judgment or sentence

pursuant to section 907.3, if the person has not previously received

a deferred sentence or judgment for a violation of section 708.2 or

this section which was issued on a domestic abuse assault.

b. A person convicted of violating subsection 4 shall be

sentenced as provided under section 902.9, subsection 5, and shall be

denied parole or work release until the person has served a minimum

of one year of the person's sentence. Notwithstanding section 901.5,

subsections 1, 3, and 5 and section 907.3, the person cannot receive

a suspended or deferred sentence or a deferred judgment; however, the

person sentenced shall receive credit for any time the person was

confined in a jail or detention facility following arrest.

7. If a person is convicted for, receives a deferred judgment

for, or pleads guilty to a violation of this section, the court shall

modify the no-contact order issued upon initial appearance in the

manner provided in section 664A.5, regardless of whether the person

is placed on probation.

8. The clerk of the district court shall provide notice and

copies of a judgment entered under this section to the applicable law

enforcement agencies and the twenty-four hour dispatcher for the law

enforcement agencies, in the manner provided for protective orders

under section 236.5. The clerk shall provide notice and copies of

modifications of the judgment in the same manner.

9. In addition to the mandatory minimum term of confinement

imposed by subsection 6, paragraph "a", the court shall order a

person convicted under subsection 2 or 3 to participate in a

batterers' treatment program as required under section 708.2B. In

addition, as a condition of deferring judgment or sentence pursuant

to section 907.3, the court shall order the person to participate in

a batterers' treatment program. The clerk of the district court

shall send a copy of the judgment or deferred judgment to the

judicial district department of correctional services.

IOWA CHAPTER 708.2B TREATMENT OF DOMESTIC ABUSE OFFENDERS

As used in this section, "district department" means a

judicial district department of correctional services, established

pursuant to section 905.2. A person convicted of, or receiving a

deferred judgment for, domestic abuse assault as defined in section

708.2A, shall report to the district department in order to

participate in a batterers' treatment program for domestic abuse

offenders. In addition, a person convicted of, or receiving a

deferred judgment for, an assault, as defined in section 708.1, which

is domestic abuse, as defined in section 236.2, subsection 2,

paragraph "e", may be ordered by the court to participate in a

batterers' treatment program. Participation in the batterers'

treatment program shall not require a person to be placed on

probation, but a person on probation may participate in the program.

The district departments may contract for services in completing the

duties relating to the batterers' treatment programs. The district

departments shall assess the fees for participation in the program,

and shall either collect or contract for the collection of the fees

to recoup the costs of treatment, but may waive the fee or collect a

lesser amount upon a showing of cause. The fees shall be used by

each of the district departments or contract service providers for

the establishment, administration, coordination, and provision of

direct services of the batterers' treatment programs.

District departments or contract service providers shall receive

upon request peace officers' investigative reports regarding persons

participating in programs under this section. The receipt of reports

under this section shall not waive the confidentiality of the reports

under section 22.7.

See Treatment for Domestic Violence Offenders.

IOWA CHAPTER 708.2C ASSAULT IN VIOLATION OF INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS --

PENALTIES

1. For the purposes of this chapter, "assault in violation of

individual rights" means an assault, as defined in section 708.1,

which is a hate crime as defined in section 729A.2.

2. A person who commits an assault in violation of individual

rights, with the intent to inflict a serious injury upon another, is

guilty of a class "D" felony.

3. A person who commits an assault in violation of individual

rights, and who causes bodily injury or mental illness, is guilty of

an aggravated misdemeanor.

4. A person who commits an assault in violation of individual

rights and uses or displays a dangerous weapon in connection with the

assault, is guilty of a class "D" felony.

5. Any other assault in violation of individual rights, except as

otherwise provided, is a serious misdemeanor.

IOWA CHAPTER 708.3 ASSAULT WHILE PARTICIPATING IN A FELONY

Any person who commits an assault as defined in section 708.1

while participating in a felony other than a sexual abuse is guilty

of a class "C" felony if the person thereby causes serious injury to

any person; if no serious injury results, the person is guilty of a

class "D" felony.

IOWA CHAPTER 708.3A ASSAULTS ON PERSONS ENGAGED IN CERTAIN

OCCUPATIONS

1. A person who commits an assault, as defined in section 708.1,

against a peace officer, jailer, correctional staff, member or

employee of the board of parole, health care provider, employee of

the department of human services, employee of the department of

revenue, or fire fighter, whether paid or volunteer, with the

knowledge that the person against whom the assault is committed is a

peace officer, jailer, correctional staff, member or employee of the

board of parole, health care provider, employee of the department of

human services, employee of the department of revenue, or fire

fighter and with the intent to inflict a serious injury upon the

peace officer, jailer, correctional staff, member or employee of the

board of parole, health care provider, employee of the department of

human services, employee of the department of revenue, or fire

fighter, is guilty of a class "D" felony.

2. A person who commits an assault, as defined in section 708.1,

against a peace officer, jailer, correctional staff, member or

employee of the board of parole, health care provider, employee of

the department of human services, employee of the department of

revenue, or fire fighter, whether paid or volunteer, who knows that

the person against whom the assault is committed is a peace officer,

jailer, correctional staff, member or employee of the board of

parole, health care provider, employee of the department of human

services, employee of the department of revenue, or fire fighter and

who uses or displays a dangerous weapon in connection with the

assault, is guilty of a class "D" felony.

3. A person who commits an assault, as defined in section 708.1,

against a peace officer, jailer, correctional staff, member or

employee of the board of parole, health care provider, employee of

the department of human services, employee of the department of

revenue, or fire fighter, whether paid or volunteer, who knows that

the person against whom the assault is committed is a peace officer,

jailer, correctional staff, member or employee of the board of

parole, health care provider, employee of the department of human

services, employee of the department of revenue, or fire fighter, and

who causes bodily injury or mental illness, is guilty of an

aggravated misdemeanor.

4. Any other assault, as defined in section 708.1, committed

against a peace officer, jailer, correctional staff, member or

employee of the board of parole, health care provider, employee of

the department of human services, employee of the department of

revenue, or fire fighter, whether paid or volunteer, by a person who

knows that the person against whom the assault is committed is a

peace officer, jailer, correctional staff, member or employee of the

board of parole, health care provider, employee of the department of

human services, employee of the department of revenue, or fire

fighter, is a serious misdemeanor.

5. As used in this section, the following definitions apply:

a. "Correctional staff" means a person who is not a peace

officer but who is employed by the department of corrections or a

judicial district department of correctional services to work at or

in a correctional institution, community-based correctional facility,

or an institution under the management of the Iowa department of

corrections which is used for the purposes of confinement of persons

who have committed public offenses.

b. "Employee of the department of human services" means a

person who is an employee of an institution controlled by the

director of human services that is listed in section 218.1, or who is

an employee of the civil commitment unit for sex offenders operated

by the department of human services. A person who commits an assault

under this section against an employee of the department of human

services at a department of human services institution or unit is

presumed to know that the person against whom the assault is

committed is an employee of the department of human services.

c. "Employee of the department of revenue" means a person who

is employed as an auditor, agent, tax collector, or any contractor or

representative acting in the same capacity. The employee,

contractor, or representative shall maintain current identification

indicating that the person is an employee, contractor, or

representative of the department.

d. "Health care provider" means an emergency medical care

provider as defined in chapter 147A or a person licensed or

registered under chapter 148, 148C, 148D, or 152 who is providing or

who is attempting to provide emergency medical services, as defined

in section 147A.1, or who is providing or who is attempting to

provide health services as defined in section 135.61 in a hospital.

A person who commits an assault under this section against a health

care provider in a hospital, or at the scene or during

out-of-hospital patient transportation in an ambulance, is presumed

to know that the person against whom the assault is committed is a

health care provider.

e. "Jailer" means a person who is employed by a county or

other political subdivision of the state to work at a county jail or

other facility used for purposes of the confinement of persons who

have committed public offenses, but who is not a peace officer.

IOWA CHAPTER 708.3B INMATE ASSAULTS -- BODILY FLUIDS OR

SECRETIONS

A person who, while confined in a jail or in an institution or

facility under the control of the department of corrections, commits

any of the following acts commits a class "D" felony:

1. An assault, as defined under section 708.1, upon an employee

of the jail or institution or facility under the control of the

department of corrections, which results in the employee's contact

with blood, seminal fluid, urine, or feces.

2. An act which is intended to cause pain or injury or be

insulting or offensive and which results in blood, seminal fluid,

urine, or feces being cast or expelled upon an employee of the jail

or institution or facility under the control of the department of

corrections.

IOWA CHAPTER 708.4 WILLFUL INJURY

Any person who does an act which is not justified and which is

intended to cause serious injury to another commits the following:

1. A class "C" felony, if the person causes serious injury to

another.

2. A class "D" felony, if the person causes bodily injury to

another.

IOWA CHAPTER 708.5 ADMINISTERING HARMFUL SUBSTANCES

Any person who administers to another or causes another to take,

without the other person's consent or by threat or deception, and for

other than medicinal purposes, any poisonous, stupefying,

stimulating, depressing, tranquilizing, narcotic, hypnotic,

hallucinating, or anesthetic substance in sufficient quantity to have

such effect, commits a class "D" felony.

IOWA CHAPTER 708.6 INTIMIDATION WITH A DANGEROUS WEAPON

A person commits a class "C" felony when the person, with the

intent to injure or provoke fear or anger in another, shoots, throws,

launches, or discharges a dangerous weapon at, into, or in a

building, vehicle, airplane, railroad engine, railroad car, or boat,

occupied by another person, or within an assembly of people, and

thereby places the occupants or people in reasonable apprehension of

serious injury or threatens to commit such an act under circumstances

raising a reasonable expectation that the threat will be carried out.

A person commits a class "D" felony when the person shoots,

throws, launches, or discharges a dangerous weapon at, into, or in a

building, vehicle, airplane, railroad engine, railroad car, or boat,

occupied by another person, or within an assembly of people, and

thereby places the occupants or people in reasonable apprehension of

serious injury or threatens to commit such an act under circumstances

raising a reasonable expectation that the threat will be carried out.

See Iowa Code- Dangerous Weapons

IOWA CHAPTER 708.7 HARASSMENT

1. a. A person commits harassment when, with intent to

intimidate, annoy, or alarm another person, the person does any of

the following:

(1) Communicates with another by telephone, telegraph, writing,

or via electronic communication without legitimate purpose and in a

manner likely to cause the other person annoyance or harm.

(2) Places a simulated explosive or simulated incendiary device

in or near a building, vehicle, airplane, railroad engine or railroad

car, or boat occupied by another person.

(3) Orders merchandise or services in the name of another, or to

be delivered to another, without the other person's knowledge or

consent.

(4) Reports or causes to be reported false information to a law

enforcement authority implicating another in some criminal activity,

knowing that the information is false, or reports the alleged

occurrence of a criminal act, knowing the act did not occur.

b. A person commits harassment when the person, purposefully

and without legitimate purpose, has personal contact with another

person, with the intent to threaten, intimidate, or alarm that other

person. As used in this section, unless the context otherwise

requires, "personal contact" means an encounter in which two or

more people are in visual or physical proximity to each other.

"Personal contact" does not require a physical touching or oral

communication, although it may include these types of contacts.

2. a. A person commits harassment in the first degree when

the person commits harassment involving a threat to commit a forcible

felony, or commits harassment and has previously been convicted of

harassment three or more times under this section or any similar

statute during the preceding ten years.

b. Harassment in the first degree is an aggravated

misdemeanor.

3. a. A person commits harassment in the second degree when

the person commits harassment involving a threat to commit bodily

injury, or commits harassment and has previously been convicted of

harassment two times under this section or any similar statute during

the preceding ten years.

b. Harassment in the second degree is a serious misdemeanor.

4. a. Any other act of harassment is harassment in the third

degree.

b. Harassment in the third degree is a simple misdemeanor.

5. For purposes of determining whether or not the person should

register as a sex offender pursuant to the provisions of chapter

692A, the fact finder shall make a determination as provided in

section 692A.126.

IOWA CHAPTER 708.8 GOING ARMED WITH INTENT

A person who goes armed with any dangerous weapon with the intent

to use without justification such weapon against the person of

another commits a class "D" felony.

IOWA CHAPTER 708.9 SPRING GUNS AND TRAPS

Any person who in any place sets a spring gun or a trap which is

intended to be sprung by a person and which can cause such person

serious injury commits an aggravated misdemeanor.

IOWA CHAPTER 708.10 HAZING

1. a. A person commits an act of hazing when the person

intentionally or recklessly engages in any act or acts involving

forced activity which endanger the physical health or safety of a

student for the purpose of initiation or admission into, or

affiliation with, any organization operating in connection with a

school, college, or university. Prohibited acts include, but are not

limited to, any brutality of a physical nature such as whipping,

forced confinement, or any other forced activity which endangers the

physical health or safety of the student.

b. For purposes of this section, "forced activity" means

any activity which is a condition of initiation or admission into, or

affiliation with, an organization, regardless of a student's

willingness to participate in the activity.

2. A person who commits an act of hazing is guilty of a simple

misdemeanor.

3. A person who commits an act of hazing which causes serious

bodily injury to another is guilty of a serious misdemeanor.

IOWA CHAPTER 708.11 STALKING

1. As used in this section, unless the context otherwise

requires:

a. "Accompanying offense" means any public offense committed

as part of the course of conduct engaged in while committing the

offense of stalking.

b. "Course of conduct" means repeatedly maintaining a visual

or physical proximity to a person without legitimate purpose or

repeatedly conveying oral or written threats, threats implied by

conduct, or a combination thereof, directed at or toward a person.

c. "Immediate family member" means a spouse, parent, child,

sibling, or any other person who regularly resides in the household

of a specific person, or who within the prior six months regularly

resided in the household of a specific person.

d. "Repeatedly" means on two or more occasions.

2. A person commits stalking when all of the following occur:

a. The person purposefully engages in a course of conduct

directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to

fear bodily injury to, or the death of, that specific person or a

member of the specific person's immediate family.

b. The person has knowledge or should have knowledge that the

specific person will be placed in reasonable fear of bodily injury

to, or the death of, that specific person or a member of the specific

person's immediate family by the course of conduct.

c. The person's course of conduct induces fear in the

specific person of bodily injury to, or the death of, the specific

person or a member of the specific person's immediate family.

3. a. A person who commits stalking in violation of this

section commits a class "C" felony for a third or subsequent offense.

b. A person who commits stalking in violation of this section

commits a class "D" felony if any of the following apply:

(1) The person commits stalking while subject to restrictions

contained in a criminal or civil protective order or injunction, or

any other court order which prohibits contact between the person and

the victim, or while subject to restrictions contained in a criminal

or civil protective order or injunction or other court order which

prohibits contact between the person and another person against whom

the person has committed a public offense.

(2) The person commits stalking while in possession of a

dangerous weapon, as defined in section 702.7.

(3) The person commits stalking by directing a course of conduct

at a specific person who is under eighteen years of age.

(4) The offense is a second offense.

c. A person who commits stalking in violation of this section

commits an aggravated misdemeanor if the offense is a first offense

which is not included in paragraph "b".

4. Violations of this section and accompanying offenses shall be

considered prior offenses for the purpose of determining whether an

offense is a second or subsequent offense. A conviction for,

deferred judgment for, or plea of guilty to a violation of this

section or an accompanying offense which occurred at any time prior

to the date of the violation charged shall be considered in

determining that the violation charged is a second or subsequent

offense. Deferred judgments pursuant to section 907.3 for violations

of this section or accompanying offenses and convictions or the

equivalent of deferred judgments for violations in any other states

under statutes substantially corresponding to this section or

accompanying offenses shall be counted as previous offenses. The

courts shall judicially notice the statutes of other states which

define offenses substantially equivalent to the offenses defined in

this section and its accompanying offenses and can therefore be

considered corresponding statutes. Each previous violation of this

section or an accompanying offense on which conviction or deferral of

judgment was entered prior to the date of the violation charged shall

be considered and counted as a separate previous offense. In

addition, however, accompanying offenses committed as part of the

course of conduct engaged in while committing the violation of

stalking charged shall be considered prior offenses for the purpose

of that violation, even though the accompanying offenses occurred at

approximately the same time. An offense shall be considered a second

or subsequent offense regardless of whether it was committed upon the

same person who was the victim of any other previous offense.

5. Notwithstanding section 804.1, rule of criminal procedure 2.7,

Iowa court rules, or any other provision of law to the contrary, upon

the filing of a complaint and a finding of probable cause to believe

an offense has been committed in violation of this section, or after

the filing of an indictment or information alleging a violation of

this section, the court shall issue an arrest warrant, rather than a

citation or summons. A peace officer shall not issue a citation in

lieu of arrest for a violation of this section. Notwithstanding

section 804.21 or any other provision of law to the contrary, a

person arrested for stalking shall be immediately taken into custody

and shall not be released pursuant to pretrial release guidelines, a

bond schedule, or any similar device, until after the initial

appearance before a magistrate. In establishing the conditions of

release, the magistrate may consider the defendant's prior criminal

history, in addition to the other factors provided in section 811.2.

6. For purposes of determining whether or not the person should

register as a sex offender pursuant to the provisions of chapter

692A, the fact finder shall make a determination as provided in

section 692A.126.

See Iowa Attorney General- Stalking

IOWA CHAPTER 708.13 DISARMING A PEACE OFFICER OF A DANGEROUS

WEAPON

1. A person who knowingly or intentionally removes or attempts to

remove a dangerous weapon, as defined in section 702.7, from the

possession of a peace officer, as defined in section 724.2A, when the

officer is in the performance of any act which is within the scope of

the lawful duty or authority of that officer and the person knew or

should have known the individual to be a peace officer, commits the

offense of disarming a peace officer.

2. A person who disarms or attempts to disarm a peace officer is

guilty of a class "D" felony.

3. A person who discharges the dangerous weapon while disarming

or attempting to disarm the peace officer commits a class "C" felony.

Additional Resources

Iowa Code, Domestic Violence , Iowa Legal Aid has terrific content on Domestic Abuse Law.Children and Families of Iowa, Domestic Abuse Materials. Iowa Coalition against Domestic Violence. Further Iowa Domestic Violence Resources.

Des Moines criminal defense attorney Jeff Mathias handles Iowa Domestic Violence Law cases along with other criminal cases and also bankruptcy and family law matters. Jeff’s office is located at 4800 Mills Civic Parkway, Suite 218 in West Des Moines, Iowa 50265, 515-261-7526, 1-800-997-1395. This is the Somerfield Plaza near the Mills Civic Exit from Interstate 35.