Jail time for misdemeanors in Dubuque could soon be banned

Jail Bars (KSN File Photo)

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Those who commit a misdemeanor in Dubuque soon might not have to worry about bail money.

The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports that Dubuque City Manager Mike Van Milligen and Assistant City Attorney Maureen Quann will ask the City Council on Monday to eliminate jail time as a penalty for misdemeanor city crimes.

Quann says the city currently follows state law, which allows the option of jail time for vandalism, theft, disorderly conduct, public intoxication and other simple misdemeanors.

Quann says a recent Iowa Supreme Court opinion prompted the proposed change. Earlier this month, the high court overturned a Polk County woman’s conviction because she was not advised of her right to a lawyer to defend against a misdemeanor theft charge, which carried a possible jail sentence.

 

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