The consequences of an operating while intoxicated conviction in Iowa are serious. Even a first-time OWI can result in driver's license suspension, significant fines and a jail sentence. Given the severe penalties it may make sense to challenge the prosecution's evidence of intoxication whenever possible.
Law enforcement officers in Iowa cannot just randomly pull a vehicle over to check whether the driver may be driving while intoxicated. The U.S. Constitution, as interpreted by the Supreme Court, places limits on the authority of police to stop and question individuals. The Supreme Court has ruled that an officer must have a reasonable suspicion a crime has been committed before stopping an individual to question them. This rule applies whether the officer stops a pedestrian on a sidewalk or pulls a vehicle over on the highway.
Getting convicted for a drunk driving offense in Iowa can lead to a lot of complications for a person. Losing your driver's license is more than a minor inconvenience for most Iowa residents. In addition, a conviction can lead to jail time and large fines. If you have been arrested on an OWI charge, an Iowa OWI defense attorney can help.
People in Iowa may have heard about an unpleasant scene that unfolded at a Des Moines elementary school earlier this month. When nobody came to pick up a 5-year-old boy after school had been dismissed, police came to the scene to try to resolve the situation. Apparently, the boy's father was supposed to pick up the boy, but failed to do so for unknown reasons. The boy's mother arrived to pick up the boy around 5 p.m., but she appeared to be under the influence and was arrested for operating while intoxicated.
Most people in Iowa know that driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is against the law, but what about operating other vehicles? Over the last couple of years, Iowa laws have become increasingly tough on people who operate other motorized vehicles while intoxicated, especially in regards to the crime of boating while intoxicated.
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