Boating While Intoxicated (BWI)

Boating in Iowa, particularly on the Coralville Reservoir, is a much-loved summer tradition subject to fewer legal restrictions than driving a motor vehicle. The state's boating regulations, for example, do not prohibit open containers. In this atmosphere of fun and recreation, boaters may make uncharacteristic errors in judgment or find themselves in difficult legal situations with serious consequences.

Boating while intoxicated is a crime with serious penalties, including jail time and fines of up to $1,000 or more. In 2011, Iowa lowered the legal blood alcohol level for boating to .08, which is the same limit for operating a motor vehicle. As with OWI/DUI charges, a person's third BWI offense within 12 years is classified as a felony. Because BWI carries such serious penalties in Iowa, defendants benefit from an aggressive defense.

Our experienced attorneys can provide an effective defense to BWI charges. To schedule a free initial consultation, call 319-887-6900 today.

BWI Convictions Carry Major Penalties

Since BWI offenses carry high fines, possible jail time and the risk of a felony conviction, an effective defense is vital to preserving your clean boating record. Attorneys J. Dean Keegan and Thomas D.S. Farnsworth are experienced lawyers who understand Iowa's BWI laws and have developed strategies for defending clients against these charges. Mr. Keegan brings more than 20 years of defense experience to your case, while Mr. Farnsworth's work is informed by his background as a former prosecuting legal intern and his years of practice with J. Dean Keegan.

Contact Our Experienced Iowa City BWI Lawyers

Call our attorneys at 319-887-6900 or email them to schedule a free initial consultation during which we will discuss the circumstances of your situation. Our office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. We accept payment by cash, check and credit cards.