Terms Used In Iowa Code 902.3

  • Conviction: A judgement of guilt against a criminal defendant.
  • Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
  • person: means individual, corporation, limited liability company, government or governmental subdivision or agency, business trust, estate, trust, partnership or association, or any other legal entity. See Iowa Code 4.1
  • Statute: A law passed by a legislature.
 When a judgment of conviction of a felony other than a class “A” felony is entered against a person, the court, in imposing a sentence of confinement, shall commit the person into the custody of the director of the Iowa department of corrections for an indeterminate term, the maximum length of which shall not exceed the limits as fixed by section 902.9, unless otherwise prescribed by statute, nor shall the term be less than the minimum term imposed by law, if a minimum sentence is provided. However, if the court suspends a person’s sentence under section 321J.2, subsection 5, paragraph “a”, the court shall order the offender to serve time in the county jail as provided in section 321J.2, subsection 5, paragraph “a”, notwithstanding any provision to the contrary in section 903.4.