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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.

Criminal penalties for an OWI in Iowa

When motorists in Iowa and elsewhere are about to get pulled over by law enforcement, it can be a nerve-wrecking situation. No one wants to be told they did something wrong, and they of course do not want to deal with the fines attached with a traffic violation. Nonetheless, motorists across the nation get pulled over for a wide variety of reasons. And for some motorists, they are being accused of something much bigger than speeding.

OWI penalties in Iowa

Like every other state, Iowa has tough laws against drunk driving. In fact, when drivers are accused of operating while intoxicated, or an "OWI," they could endure harsh penalties. These penalties increase if the motorists have past OWI convictions on their record. Because of this, it is vital to understand the repercussions of an OWI conviction and what defense options are available to potentially reduce or dismiss their charges.

What are dram shop laws and how do they apply in a DUI?

It isn't uncommon to go out and have a few drinks. However, this lawful act for those of age could become problematic if he or she has had too many. Getting behind the heel of a vehicle after consuming too much alcohol is not only negligent but it is also dangerous. It is an action that could result in serious accident. Those caught drinking and driving could face serious penalties. Additionally, if it is determined that another party is responsible for the driver's intoxication, that third party could also face liability as well.

Drunk drivers cause accidents and fatalities in Florida

A drunk driving accident can result in significant damage and hardship in the life of a victim. That individual may have to suffer through years of recovery in order to mend their injuries and overcome their fears of being involved in a life-altering crash. For others, surviving a drunk driving accident may not be a guarantee. Fatalities from drunk driving crashes in Florida are both devastating and common.

Implied consent and DUI cases

We don't always read the small print. Whether it is terms for an online purchase, a booklet contained with a new purchase or a contract one has entered into, it is easy to overlook the multitude of information included in these matters. In some cases, individuals may not be fully aware of what they just agreed to by making a purchase or carrying out any other action. Take for example a driver's license. A motorist is complying with certain terms when obtaining a license.

Developing a defense strategy for a DUI charge

Being stopped by law enforcement is a challenging situation to be in. Whether it is your first time or not, it is an uncomfortable situation that could result in a motorist facing charges. While a traffic violation is often viewed at as a negative and horrible matter, it could be worse if a driver is accused of driving under the influence of alcohol. A DUI charge could carry with it serious penalties. Therefore, considering defense options is very beneficial as it could help reduce or even dismiss these consequences.

Don't let a drunk driving charge derail your New Year

During the holiday season law enforcement officials throughout Iowa are on the lookout for men and women who may be driving their vehicles while intoxicated. Between holiday get-togethers with loved ones and nights out with friends and co-workers individuals can find themselves in the difficult situation of needing to get home but having had an alcoholic drink.

Take drunk driving charges seriously

There is no such thing as a minor drunk driving infraction. Every arrest made in Iowa based upon the suspicion that the driver was operating their vehicle with an intoxicating substance in their system can throw significant hurdles into the life of person who may be falsely or erroneously charged with drunk driving crimes. Just as a person facing felony charges may wish to take an aggressive stance in preparing their defense strategy for trial, so too should individuals who must face allegations of DUI, OWI and other drunk driving crimes.

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.

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