Steer Clear Of These Penalties For An OWI Conviction If Possible
The law is clear in Iowa: Society is against drinking and driving. Penalties become worse for repeat offenses and for people who refuse chemical testing at the time of an arrest.
Operating while intoxicated (OWI) is a crime that also involves administrative law with the Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) including the possible loss of driving privileges. If you have been arrested and charged with OWI, effective legal counsel is essential for your future.
College students and other members of the general public in and around Iowa City often turn to Johnston, Stannard, Klesner, Burbidge & Fitzgerald, P.L.C., for advice with the following goals:
- Keeping their driver’s licenses
- Staying out of jail or getting out of jail
- Minimizing fines and other penalties, such as interlock ignition device installation requirements
Rest assured, if you are facing OWI charges, we will work hard to get the outcome you need to move forward with the least repercussions for your future.
Minimize Or Avoid Penalties Such As These
Iowa’s laws spell out punishments that people convicted of OWI may face, including:
- For a first offense: Two days to one year in jail; $625-1,250 in fines
- For a second offense: Seven days to two years in jail; $1,875-6,250 in fines
- For a third offense: 30 days to five years in jail; $3,125-9,375 in fines
Suspensions and revocations of driver’s licenses are also likely for 180 days to six years, depending on whether a driver submitted to a chemical test and/or had prior OWI convictions.
Someone who seeks a temporary restricted license will normally have a requirement to have an ignition interlock device installed in their car(s).
For many people, the worst penalties are more personal, namely:
- Loss of the ability to drive legally for work and personal purposes
- Loss of reputation
- A criminal record
These aspects of an OWI arrest and/or conviction can throw one’s entire life into upheaval. It is important to fight the charges and penalties with the help of an experienced OWI defense lawyer.
Don’t Delay – Schedule A Free Consultation
Regardless of what has happened in your OWI case so far, our defense attorneys are ready to do whatever is necessary to help you move forward. If possible, we will help you get out of jail, keep or recover your driver’s license and pursue an outcome you can live with, such as substance abuse treatment and probation instead of jail.