An OWI (Operating While Intoxicated) charge in Iowa can have a serious effect on your personal liberty and your ability to drive. In Iowa, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of an alcoholic beverage or another drug, or while having an alcohol concentration of .08 or more.
The criminal penalties for an OWI are serious. An OWI charge is punishable by a minimum of 48 hours in jail and a minimum $625 fine for a first offense. A second offense OWI is punishable by a minimum of 7 days in jail and a fine of $1,875 to $6,250. A third offense OWI is punishable by a minimum of 30 days in jail and a fine of $3,125 to $9,375.
You may qualify for a deferred judgment under certain circumstances. A deferred judgment is an alternate form of sentencing which allows the court to postpone conviction until you have completed the requirements of your sentence. If you successfully complete all of the requirements, the court will dismiss the OWI charge, and it will not go on your record as a “conviction.” However, the court may enter a conviction if it finds that you have not completed all of the requirements. You will need an aggressive and knowledgeable OWI attorney to argue that you deserve a deferred judgment successfully.
The driver’s license revocation imposed by the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) can be just as debilitating as the jail sentence or the fine. You have the opportunity to appeal the license revocation, but you must act quickly, or you will forfeit that right. The bare minimum license revocation period for an OWI is 180 days. However, a much lengthier revocation period may be imposed depending on the specific facts and circumstances of your case. Some of the facts and circumstances considered by the DOT include the number of OWIs you have had in the last 12 years and whether you submitted to or refused to submit to a breath test. Call Gullberg, Box & Worby, LLC to help you on your way to license reinstatement.
In some cases, you may be eligible for a Temporary Restricted License (TRL), commonly known as a work permit. Your eligibility for a TRL depends on several factors, including whether there was property damage or a personal injury, whether you submitted to or refused to submit to a breath test, and the resulting blood-alcohol content if you submitted to the breath test. The attorneys at Gullberg, Box & Worby, LLC, can help you obtain a TRL.
Let our experienced OWI attorneys at Gullberg, Box & Worby, LLC aggressively defend your personal liberty, Constitutional rights, and your driver’s license. Call us if you have been charged with OWI in the following Iowa counties: Scott, Louisa, Muscatine, Des Moines, or Henry.