If you have been charged with an OWI and you are a commercial driver, it is not a stretch to say that it is a direct threat to your livelihood — the stakes don't get much higher. Under Iowa law, if you are stopped under suspicion of operating a commercial vehicle under the influence and you either refuse a Breathalyzer test or blow a BAC of .04 or greater, your commercial driver's license will be revoked or "disqualified" for no less than a year. If your vehicle was carrying hazardous materials or required placarding, your license will be revoked for at least three years. A second offense will result in a lifetime ban from operating a commercial motor vehicle, which may be reduced to 10 years. Work permits or restrictive licenses are not available during commercial license disqualifications.
Because of the stakes of a charge like this, it is critical for you to partner with an experienced criminal law attorney.
On Your Side Through All Stages Of Your Case
In more than a decade of practice, our four-lawyer team has worked against prosecutors and before judges in more than 5,000 OWI cases in Iowa. At Culp, Doran & Genest, P.L.C., we will take every step within the law to protect your rights at all stages in your case.
Like with all OWI cases, we are committed to looking at all details of your case to put forth the strongest defense to the criminal allegations you face. We will pour over all evidence to determine exactly what happened and discover if the police acted unlawfully at any point, as well as to suppress any evidence if possible. Our efforts on behalf of our clients have led to dismissals, acquittals at trial or guilty pleas that minimize some of the harshest consequences of a conviction.
We are ready to take this approach to work toward the best possible outcome for your case.
To discuss any aspect of an OWI charge or suspended license with one of our Des Moines commercial license OWI lawyers, call 515-288-3333 or email the firm.