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Stepson currently in jail serving a 30 day sentence for probation

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Stepson currently in jail serving a 30 day sentence for probation violation. He has a charge of passession of paraphenalia, & harboring a runaway plsu a couple of misdemeanor theft charges. I found out today he has a new warrant for his arrest for 4 counts of forgery for forging 4 $700 checks at his own credit union. There were 2 handwriting analysis done that showed he filled out the checks completely. My question is what would be his "best" case scenario? Is he going to get away with this and not have jail time? Because the more stuff he gets out of "real" jail time, the bigger and badder the next incident is.

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That's a serious offense. Forgery can be charged as a Class D felony, which in Iowa carries a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison and a fine of between $750-$7500. Best case scenario is that a judge goes easy on him and gives him probation on the new charges. But, given that he has a couple of theft charges already, and violated probation, I think it is more likely that if convicted, he will get some prison time for the new charges. If there is overwhelming evidence against him, he may be better off trying to reach a plea to reduce the possible amount of time he could serve in prison.


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