If you've been charged with drunk driving, DUI or OWI in the Cedar Rapids or Iowa City area, we urge you to contact an experienced lawyer right away. Initial consultations are the first step in the appropriate defense of the charges.
A first offense for drunk driving, DUI or OWI in Iowa is a serious misdemeanor criminal charge punishable jail time ranging from 48 hours to a full year, and fines ranging from $1,250 to $1,875. Upon conviction, an Iowa driver’s license will typically be revoked for 180 days if not administratively revoked because of a breath, blood, or urine test failure, or for one year for refusal upon reasonable grounds to believe the test subject was intoxicated.
Options exist to avoid a jail sentence, if approved by the court, and an Iowa-licensed attorney should be retained to review any and all written and electronic discovery/evidence to determine strengths and weaknesses of the prosecution.
If you've been charged with vehicular homicide or serious injury by motor vehicle in the Cedar Rapids or Iowa City area, we urge you to contact an experienced lawyer right away. An Initial consultation is the first step in the appropriate defense of the charges.
Any unintentional death caused by the reckless and wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property is a Class C felony punishable by fines ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 and a prison sentence of up to ten years.
Any unintentional death caused by eluding or attempting to elude a pursuing law enforcer is also a Class C felony. The code specifically attempts to attribute to the defendant in such a prosecution causation if the death “directly or indirectly results.” Any unintentional death caused by drag racing carries a Class D felony.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS REGARDING DUI or OWI LAW
A police officer stopped me and asked questions but did not read me my Miranda rights - is this legal?
Yes, unless you are in custody and being interrogated. In custody means you've been arrested and cannot leave. Interrogation = police asking questions.
What should I expect from a Criminal Defense attorney?
Advocacy and strong representation - part gladiator, part guide, part battle general. The key to good defense is a patient approach to assessing evidence, the law, and options.