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Iowa woman faces child endangerment, OWI charges after wreck

It is not uncommon for additional criminal charges to be filed alongside allegations of drunk driving. This can exacerbate a person's legal situation, making their criminal defense needs more complex. An Iowa woman is currently facing this type of complex legal matter, with OWI charges and allegations of child endangerment.

Police initially responded to an accident report at around 9 a.m. on a recent Sunday. When they arrived, they apparently discovered a vehicle that had heavy damage to its front end. The 25-year-old driver told authorities that her children -- aged 2 months and 6 years old -- had distracted her, and that, because of them, she had crashed into a retaining wall.

However, attending officers claim that the driver was acting intoxicated after the wreck. When asked about her behavior, the driver apparently told police she had some beer during the previous night, but did not admit to anything else. She submitted to a Breathalyzer test, which resulted in a blood-alcohol content of .172 percent.

Although her BAC was over twice that of the legal .08 percent limit, her drunk driving charge is listed as a misdemeanor, as is the charge for child endangerment. Still, even misdemeanor OWI charges can have severe legal consequences. Many Iowa drivers lose access to their driving privileges under similar circumstances, and with it their ability to travel to work and other important engagements. It is important to treat all criminal charges, whether misdemeanors or felonies, with special care and attention, which includes reviewing all of the charges and evidence under the careful guidance of an experienced OWI counsel.

Source: thegazette.com, "Iowa City Police: woman drove drunk, hit retaining wall with children in car", Lee Hermiston, Oct. 9, 2017

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