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What administrative penalty does Iowa impose for OWI?

In addition to criminal penalties, the state of Iowa also imposes an administrative penalty on those convicted of of operating while intoxicated. The administrative penalty in question is the revocation of the driver's license. If a driver has had their license revoked, they may be able to apply for a temporary restricted license. This blog post will review this administrative penalty and the conditions of a temporary restricted license.

For a driver's first offense, or their first offense in a 12-year period, the driver's license will be suspended for 180 days. For their second offense, or one or more prior revocations in the preceding 12 years, the driver's license will be suspended for one year. If a driver causes personal injury while committing OWI, the driver's license will be revoked for one year in addition to the period of any other revocation. If a driver has a third offense and the court orders license revocation, the license will be revoked for six years. The license will also be revoked for six years if a driver causes the death of another while committing OWI.

If a driver has had their driver's license revoked for OWI, the driver may be eligible to get a temporary restricted license. With a temporary restricted license, a driver is allowed to drive but they must have ignition interlock devices installed on all vehicles owned or operated. An ignition interlock device is connected to the car's electrical system. The device requires the driver to blow into the device before starting the car. If the device measures a blood alcohol content above a preset limit, the device prevents the car from starting.

Most drivers with revoked driver's licenses can apply for a temporary restricted license. If a driver is convicted of causing a death by OWI, however, the driver will not be eligible for a temporary restricted license for two years.

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