Having your driver's license revoked is one of the most inconvenient and aggravating consequences of a drunk driving arrest in Iowa. Under Iowa law, there are two basic ways in which a driver's license can be revoked in a drunk driving case: the license can be revoked administratively or by the court.
When a driver who is arrested for drunk driving in Iowa has a child in the vehicle, that driver can be charged with child endangerment in addition to operating while intoxicated. Sadly, it is not unusual for parents to find themselves facing these charges after going out to dinner with the family and having a couple of glasses of wine or beer. Many of these people have never been charged with a crime before, and it can be an extremely upsetting experience.
For Iowa residents accused of sex offenses, the experience can be a nightmare. In addition to the criminal charges, those accused of rape, sexual assault, child sex abuse and other sex crimes face ostracism from the community. A conviction can result not only in a prison sentence, but being listed as a registered sex offender is a lifelong stigma that can make it all but impossible to find a job, or even a place to live.
Anyone in Iowa City who has tuned in to the news over the last year knows that there has been a huge increase in the scrutiny that police officers nationwide are facing for their interactions with citizens -- particular African Americans. In some cases, police officers face criminal penalties for their conduct, like the excessive use of force.