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Iowa woman faces OWI and 5 counts of child endangerment

It is not uncommon for adults in Iowa and elsewhere to consume alcohol. It is also common for parents across the nation to travel with their children in their vehicle. While both of these tasks are common, this does not mean they go together. In fact, an adult under the influence of alcohol operating a motor vehicle could face serious charges. Even more so, if the accused is operating a vehicle under the influence with minor children in the vehicle, this could increase the severity of the criminal consequences if the motorist is convicted of drunk driving.

According to recent reports, authorities in Osage pulled over a 35-year-old woman in August. Police had purportedly received reports that a vehicle was weaving in and out of lanes on Iowa Highway 9. Law enforcement responded to the call and pulled the driver over. According to preliminary reports, the driver's children were in the vehicle.

The children are ages, 9, 7, 5, 2, and 1. A breath test conducted on site revealed that the woman was allegedly three times the legal limit, which is 0.08 percent. The woman was arrested and charged with one count of operating while intoxicated and five counts of child endangerment.

Facing an OWI can be an overwhelming experience; however, facing additional charges on top of an OWI can make a difficult situation even harder. Having children in a vehicle while being charged with an OWI is an aggravating factor. Additionally, when a motorist is over double the legal limit, this could also be an aggravating factor. This could mean facing harsher penalties if convicted. Thus, it is important that those accused of an OWI fully understand their situation and defense options available so they can take steps to reduce and even dismiss the charges against them.

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