OWI and OUI are among the most common reasons why otherwise law-abiding people get arrested in Iowa. It's so easy to have a couple of drinks earlier in the night, and then forget about it by the time you get behind the wheel later in the evening. While the effects may have worn off, the blood-alcohol content can tell a different story to the police, which is why people are arrested for OWI even if they feel absolutely normal.
The rights of the defendant are of utmost importance in these cases, which is why skillful Iowa defense attorneys are always on the lookout for the nuances in every OWI stop and arrest to make sure that the police are following proper procedure and not violating drivers' Constitutional rights. This area of law is constantly changing, so people accused of OWI need the help of an experienced defense attorney on their side to protect them from the consequences of a conviction.
For example, police must have a valid reason for stopping a person's vehicle. If the stop is pretextual, meaning that they had no reason to think that a person was committing OWI or any other vehicular violation or crime, then an aggressive defense attorney may be able to challenge the validity of the stop and subsequent arrest.
Secondly, after the stop, did the police properly conduct field sobriety and BAC breath tests? There are a lot of factors that go into these processes, and if police don't administer these tests properly or otherwise respect the rights of the defendant, a defense attorney may have grounds to challenge the arrest.
J. Dean Keegan and Thomas D.S. Farnsworth are experienced, knowledgeable, and committed to serving the rights of those who have been arrested for OWI. Let them put their OWI expertise to work for you.