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Iowa State football player might be working on criminal defense

A junior football player at Iowa State was arrested over the Thanksgiving holiday. Brian Peavy is facing charges for interfering with official acts and fourth degree criminal mischief, although it is not entirely clear what led to his arrest. His place in an upcoming football game is also currently in question, as he might be precluded from participating in team activities while focusing on his criminal defense.

Peavy was arrested on Thanksgiving Eve. His arrest, mug shot and charges were taken as a screenshot from CIPTC, the Central Iowa Police to Citizens website, which displays inmate information for a specific jail. It was subsequently posted to a fan page for the Iowa State Cyclones. The listed information was later removed from the website without any apparent explanation.

The criminal charges include a fourth degree criminal mischief charge, which is considered a serious misdemeanor. This charge is related to the associated cost of repairing, restoring and flat-out replacing damaged property. For a fourth degree misdemeanor, the cost of repair must be between $200 and $500.

Although most people in Iowa understand that misdemeanors are less severe than felonies, many interpret this to mean that misdemeanor charges are not serious matters. Criminal charges should always be taken seriously, as even misdemeanors carry penalties that can affect a defendant's personal, employment and educational opportunities. A single count of fourth degree criminal mischief can lead to over $1,800 in fines and up to a year in jail, not to mention a criminal record. Beginning early criminal defense preparations is often an effective approach for minimizing these types of impacts and achieving the best possible outcome for each unique situation.

Source:, "Iowa State cornerback Brian Peavy arrested for criminal mischief", Brian Mozey, Nov. 23, 2017

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