Violent Crimes

Know this much: you are innocent until proven guilty for a reason. Do not take this for granted. With the right attorney protecting your rights, you can make sure your future is protected. At the Des Moines law offices of Carr & Wright, P.L.C., we represent the accused throughout Iowa. Whether you have been arrested for assault, robbery or burglary, we will never ask you to plead guilty.

Taking an aggressive approach to your criminal defense, we are not looking to make deals. We are looking to protect your rights and freedom. We will pursue any potential deals if you choose to go that route. Otherwise, we will vigorously fight for you in court. From shoplifting to murder in the first degree, we handle all misdemeanors and felonies in Iowa state courts.

We never tell our clients to plead guilty. We will clearly explain all your options to you so you can make an informed decision about your criminal defense.


In Iowa assault is defined as 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. The penalties for assault vary from aggravated misdemeanor to class “C” felony.

If you have been charged with assault in Des Moines, contact the experienced attorneys at Carr & Wright to make sure your rights are protected.


A person commits a robbery when, having the intent to commit a theft, the person does any of the following acts to assist or further the commission of the intended theft or the person’s escape from the scene thereof with or without the stolen property:

  • Commits and assault upon another
  • Threatens another with or purposely puts another in fear of immediate serious injury
  • Threatens to commit immediately any forcible felony

The question of guilt or innocence that property was or was not actually stolen is immaterial under Iowa law. If you have been charged with robbery you will need a defense attorney to protect your rights. Contact the Carr & Wright office to make sure you are well represented.


In Iowa an individual who enters an occupied structure, without any right, license or privilege, with the intent to commit a felony, assault of theft commits burglary. Intent is the essential element that the State has to prove in order to sustain a conviction for burglary.


Iowa law considers guilty of theft not only when you steal a tangible item, but also when you fail to pay for services rendered.  Penalties for theft could be serious and result in thousands of dollars in fines along with up to 10 years in prison.

If you have been charged with theft in Des Moines, our attorneys are here to help. Call 515-875-4868 to schedule your free initial consultation.

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