Protecting Your CDL When Charged With OWI In Iowa
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.
What To Expect
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 blood alcohol content (BAC) of .04 or greater, your commercial driver’s license will be revoked or “disqualified” for up to 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 could be reduced to 10 years). Work permits or restrictive licenses are not available during commercial license disqualifications.
Because of the high stakes involved, it is critical to partner with an experienced Iowa criminal defense attorney.
My Approach To Handling OWI Cases
I am attorney Michael J. Culp, and at Culp Law Office P.L.C., have handled many OWI cases in the state of Iowa. I am committed to looking at every detail related to your case to put forth the strongest defense possible to mitigate the penalties you could face. I will examine all evidence to determine exactly what happened and discover if the police acted unlawfully at any point.
Such efforts have led to dismissals, acquittals at trial or guilty pleas that minimize some of the harshest consequences of a conviction.
Find Out How I Can Help
Contact my office in Des Moines to discuss the incident in greater detail. I can help explain the law and possible options for your circumstance.