OWI and OUI are among the most common reasons why otherwise law-abiding people get arrested in Iowa. It's so easy to have a couple of drinks earlier in the night, and then forget about it by the time you get behind the wheel later in the evening. While the effects may have worn off, the blood-alcohol content can tell a different story to the police, which is why people are arrested for OWI even if they feel absolutely normal.
People in Iowa know that drunk driving charges can be serious business, but not everyone knows exactly what it means to be considered a drunk driver under Iowa state law. Drunk driving, or OWI, which stands for "operating while intoxicated", is defined in three ways. A person commits OWI when they do any of the following: 1) operating a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol, drugs or any combination thereof, 2) operating a motor vehicle while having a BAC of .08 or more, or 3) operating a motor vehicle while having any controlled substance in a person's body.
"Shut up; Wise up; Lawyer up. Don't say anything; don't do anything; talk to a qualified attorney first."