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.
People in Iowa who have been hit with a serious traffic ticket, or several infractions over a short span of time, or are accused of a serious crime related to driving may be facing the possibility of losing their driver's license. But it may not be inevitable, so they should take the time to explore their options. To do this, they should think about calling an experienced Iowa defense attorney who can explain some of the options available to them, regardless of whether they may have made mistakes.
Drivers in Iowa know, or should know, that if they are arrested for drunk driving they will face fines, license suspension and a possible jail sentence. They should also know that the penalties get worse for repeat offenses.
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.