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Owner of Linn County bar faces assault charges

An argument over bringing a dog into an Iowa bar has led to criminal charges being filed against the bar's owner. The incident happened recently in Lisbon, Iowa. It began when a man entered the bar with a dog with what he allegedly claimed was a service dog. The bar owner demanded proof. According to Linn County prosecutors, a physical altercation ensued in which the bar owner allegedly pushed the man's chest and grabbed his throat.

What are the consequences of a breath test refusal in Iowa?

When a driver is pulled over on suspicion of driving while intoxicated in Iowa, they will usually be asked to take a breath test for blood alcohol content. The driver has the right to refuse the test, but there are serious consequences for the refusal. Of course, there are also serious consequences if the driver takes the test, fails it, and is convicted of OWI.

Understanding the penalties for drunk driving in Iowa

In Iowa, there are strict laws and penalties intended to prevent and discourage people from driving while under the influence or operating while intoxicated, also known as OWI. In the state, you are guilty of OWI if your blood alcohol content exceeds 0.08 percent. You are also guilty of OWI if you have any amount of a controlled substance while on the roads.

Defending against statutory rape charges in Iowa

One of the more common sex-related felony charges in Iowa is statutory rape. In Iowa's criminal code, statutory rape falls under the category of sexual abuse. The fact that the sex was consensual is not a defense to a statutory rape charge. Even if the defendant was reasonably mistaken as to the alleged victim's age, and even if the alleged victim lied about his or her age and looked old enough, consent is not a defense.

Aggressive defense for those charged with OWI in Iowa

An arrest on drunk driving charges in Iowa can lead to serious consequences, both long- and short-term. In addition to heavy fines, a jail sentence and driver's license revocation, an individual convicted of operating while intoxicated can experience damage to their reputation and career. For those charged with repeat offenses, high blood-alcohol content "extreme" DUI, felony drunk driving or vehicular manslaughter, the stakes are even higher. A conviction on these charges can mean a state prison sentence.

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Attorney Thomas Farnsworth's client was arrested for multiple charges after being pulled over for an OWI 3rd offense. Mr. Farnsworth ....

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Should I take a breath test?
The most common question asked of criminal defense lawyers who work on Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) or Driving While...

Can I get a work permit or temporary restricted license in Iowa after losing my driving privileges for an OWI?
For a first offense, yes. The revocation is this instance is 180 days for an OWI test failure and one year for an OWI test refusal...

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