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What Are Consequences of a Fourth of July OWI in Iowa?

For many of us, the Fourth of July means gathering with friends and family for backyard barbecues, block parties and other get-togethers. This is especially true as we emerge from the shadow of COVID. If you were like many other American adults, you partook of a few alcoholic beverages in addition to the mounds of food. With that in mind, you should be informed that no matter what day of the year it is, driving while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs or alcohol is never legal. Unfortunately, you or a loved one may have already made that mistake. For more information on the consequences of a Fourth of July OWI in Iowa, please continue reading, then contact an experienced Des Moines OWI lawyer today.

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What happens when you get an OWI on the Fourth of July in Iowa?

The criminal justice system in the United States is maintained by overworked, overburdened and underfunded police officers and prosecutors. It is in light of that fact that prosecutors in the Hawkeye State will punish those accused of drunk or impaired driving to the fullest extent of the law, regardless of the date of the alleged criminal offense. To that end, those convicted of operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content of .08 percent or higher or with any amount of a controlled substance in their bodies will face the following penalties:

  • A potential 180-day license revocation
  • Up to one year in jail
  • A potential $1,250 fine
  • You may receive a Temporary Restrictive License if you install and use the ignition interlock device on your vehicle for the determined period of time you will have the TRL
  • Enrollment in a substance abuse and/or drinking driver’s course

Regardless of your alleged level of intoxication, you should avail yourself of the services of a skilled Des Moines criminal defense lawyer today.

What should you do about a Fourth of July OWI in Iowa?

Circumstances permitting, you should be proactive. You and your lawyer will need to collect and present compelling exculpatory and/or mitigating evidence in order to convince the prosecutor and/or judge to reduce or dismiss your charges. You and your lawyer can argue the case on factual grounds, i.e. contesting the test results, witness testimonies and other evidence, or on procedural grounds, i.e. asserting that law enforcement did not follow the Constitution as they pursued your case. You may even combine the two approaches, but either way, you will need strong evidence and a seasoned defense lawyer on your side. Do not wait to reach out to our highly competent firm.

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