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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.

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.

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