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What defenses are available for a drunk driving charge?

When motorists in Iowa and elsewhere are stopped by law enforcement, this can trigger some anxiety. Drivers are faced with more emotions and concerns if the traffic stop has resulted in charges. If an officer suspects that a motorist is under the influence of alcohol, he or she could be charged with an OWI. While this is considered a traffic offense, it is a charge that could result in significant consequences, especially if a driver has a record of past drunk driving charges. Thus, determining the best course of attack when it comes to initiating a defense is imperative.

Iowa man allegedly flees from cops and is charged with an OWI

Being pulled over by law enforcement is likely an unpleasant experience. However, when police suspect that a driver is under the influence of alcohol, this could give rise to a traffic stop. An OWI charge could result if an officer collects evidence that supports their suspicion. Whether it is your first drunk driving charge or not, it is important to understand the situation at hand and what defense options are available to you.

Possible OWI penalties for drivers in Iowa

The term drunk driving charge instills many concerns in motorists across the nation. While it is well known that such a charge could result in serious and life impacting consequences, it is also true that the laws regarding these matters vary from state to state. This means that motorists violating an OWI law in one state may suffer harsher penalties than if they committed the same violation in another state. This factor alone makes in imperative for those accused of an OWI to not only understand the charge generally but also how it is specifically handled in his or her state.

Can ignition interlock devices reduce OWI offenses?

Facing a dunk driving charge can be a life-altering event for some motorists in Iowa. The penalties associated with an 'Operating While Intoxicated' (OWI) offense are not minor, and in some cases, they can be severe enough to impact a person's personal and professional life. Depending on the circumstances surrounding an OWI, a driver could lose his or her license, face license suspension or even have a device installed in his or her vehicle to determine if any alcohol is in his or her system when a vehicle is started.

How DUI laws in Iowa impact those suspected of drunk driving

Being pulled over for suspected drunk driving is one of the most nerve-wrecking traffic stops. Motorists in Iowa and elsewhere might not fully understand what the penalties are for a DUI charge and how greatly a conviction could impact his or her life. This is especially true if it is not a driver's first conviction. As a means to deter drunk driving, the laws in Iowa have altered over the years; however, this does not mean that those accused of drunk driving fully understand the consequences that could follow.

Understanding implied consent to a breath test

When drivers in Iowa and elsewhere are stopped by police officers, they may or may not be aware of their rights during this stop. While it is clear that there are steps and procedures for police officers to take during the stop, some drivers may not understand what they have consented to when they applied for and obtained a driver's license. In matters when a driver is suspected of drunk driving, there is an implied consent to a breath test if an officer requests one.

Helping motorists protect their rights, following an OWI

Being pulled over for a traffic stop is often described as an uncomfortable and nerve wrecking position for residents in Iowa. While a driver might be let go with a warning, such a situation is not likely to occur when a driver is accused of drunk driving. Facing an OWI charge is unlike other traffic violations because the presumed drunk driver could lose his or her license and even face harsher penalties, such as fines and jail time.

What are "divided attention" field sobriety tests?

In Iowa, as in other states across the country, law enforcement officers administer a standardized battery of three field sobriety tests to a driver suspected of driving while intoxicated. The tests are the horizontal gaze nystagmus, or HGN test, the walk-and-turn test and the one-leg stand test.

What constitutes felony OWI in Iowa?

A conviction on drunk driving charges carries serious consequences in Iowa. A first-time drunk driving charge is a serious misdemeanor, and a second offense is an aggravated misdemeanor. Convictions on these charges can result in license revocation, fines and jail time.

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