If you have been charged with operating while intoxicated (OWI, and sometimes called DWI or DUI), there are three major concerns:
- Under what circumstances will you be able to continue driving?
- Do you have a viable defense?
- What will the consequences be if you are convicted?
These charges are not to be taken lightly and can involve:
- Driver's license revocation
Up to 365 days in jail
- Significant fines
- Increased insurance rates
- Mandatory substance abuse evaluation
In Iowa a first-time drunk driving charge alone is a misdemeanor punishable by a minimum of two days in jail and a fine of $1,250 plus a 35 percent surcharge. If you refuse a Breathalyzer, your license will be automatically suspended and you could lose your driving privileges for one year. If you decide to take the breath test and you blow over the limit, your license will be revoked for 180 days.
Because of the severity of these consequences, it is critical to partner with an experienced lawyer who can provide you with the strongest defense possible.
More Than 5,000 OWI Cases Resolved
We at Culp, Doran & Genest, P.L.C., are prepared to bring our experience in more than 5,000 OWI cases to help you in your administrative hearing before the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT). This hearing will determine if you will have driving restrictions and is separate from the criminal hearing regarding your charges for OWI.
As your lawyers, we will pour over all of the evidence to determine exactly what happened. If the police acted unlawfully at any point in the legal process, we will ask the court to suppress any improperly obtained evidence. Our criminal law attorneys will look at all aspects of your case to determine:
- If the reason for your stop was proper
- If all information was correctly obtained during the course of the field sobriety tests
- If there were sufficient grounds for arrest
- If tests for alcohol content were valid
- If police advisories or requests for phone calls were handled properly
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 an individualized approach to your case to reach the best possible outcome.
You only have 10 days to file an appeal and to request an administrative hearing with the Iowa Department of Transportation, so it is critical to begin aggressively protecting your rights as early as possible.
To discuss any aspect of an OWI charge with one of our Des Moines OWI lawyers, call 515-288-3333 or email the firm.