There are a number of serious consequences that can arise from a drunk driving arrest in Iowa. These include significant fines and a possible jail sentence, if convicted. In addition to these, an OWI arrest will result in an Iowan losing their driver's license for a period of time. If the Iowan depended on driving for work or school, this is more than just an inconvenience. Even worst, if they had a commercial driver's license, a suspension can cost them their job.
As we discussed in a previous post, a first-time drunk driving charge will result in a 180-day administrative revocation, if an Iowan took a blood or breath test and the results showed a blood alcohol content at or above the legal limit of 0.08. A one-year suspension will be imposed if that Iowan refused the test or had a prior OWI offenses.
In addition to the administrative suspension, the court can revoke an Iowan's driver's license for a year, if someone was injured in an accident. If however, that Iowan has two prior OWIs or the accident was fatal, that Iowan will face at least six years.
Fortunately, in many cases, it is possible to obtain a temporary restricted license that will allow the accused to commute to work or school during the period of suspension. At our law firm, we have counseled many people on whether they qualify for a restricted license and how to go about applying for one.
We also defend against drunk driving charges by investigating the circumstances of arrests and challenging the prosecution's evidence. For more on how we can help those facing an OWI license suspension, please visit our web page.