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Branstad & Olson represents clients facing charges for OWI/DUI throughout Iowa. If you have been arrested for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, you face driver’s license suspension, fines, jail time, and probation. Law enforcement has strict rules they must follow when investigating and arresting a person for suspicion of driving while intoxicated. It is essential to have an experienced OWI team on your side to help assess your situation and reach your best outcome.

Contact our Iowa OWI attorneys at (515) 329-3100 today for a free consultation. We can help you understand your rights and legal options.

OWI Laws in Iowa

In Iowa, it is illegal for any person to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or a combination of such substances. Anyone who drives with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or higher, or who is found to have any amount of controlled substance in their system, can be convicted for operating while intoxicated (OWI).

Those who drive commercial vehicles are considered to be driving illegally with a BAC of .04% or more. The BAC limit for drivers who are under the age of 21 is .02%.

What to Expect with an OWI Conviction

According to OWI laws in Iowa, the penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs are directly related to the offender’s number of previous offenses.

The penalties for OWI in Iowa include:

  • First offense OWI: A first-time arrest for OWI is classified as a serious misdemeanor. The penalties for a first offense is a jail sentence ranging from 48 hours to 1 year. The individual may also face a fine of up to $1,250 and driver’s license revocation for a period of 180 days to 1 year.
  • Second offense OWI: A second-time offense is classified as an aggravated misdemeanor. The penalties for this type of offense include 7 days to 2 years in prison, a fine of $1,875 to $6,250, and a minimum of 1 year driver’s license revocation.
  • Third offense OWI: A third or subsequent OWI offense is categorized as a Class D felony. A conviction will result in a mandatory prison sentence of 30 days but could result in 5 years in prison. The offender will also face a fine ranging from $3,125 to $9,375, as well as 6-year driver’s license revocation.

The court, probation, and DOT penalties may be complex. All OWI offenders will be required to undergo substance abuse evaluation, treatment may be required, and a course for drinking drivers may be required. Additionally, the driver may be required to install an ignition interlock device in their car.

Call Branstad & Olson Today

Whether this is your first arrest for OWI or whether you face a third or subsequent conviction, Branstad & Olson is here to ensure all rules were followed by law enforcement and to help you take the best next step. Our Iowa OWI lawyers have over 65 years of collective experience and have successfully handled OWI cases in Iowa.

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