Category Archives: OWI / DUI

House File 2454 – changes for OWI driving sanctions are on the horizon

During the past legislative session, the Iowa Legislature passed a bill which contains some important changes concerning driving privileges and work permits for those accused of Operating While Intoxicated (OWI or DUI) in Iowa. The most dramatic change affects Defendant’s … Continue reading

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Hanging Up on the Fourth Amendment Right of Being Free of Illegal Search and Seizure

The City of Dubuque, Iowa recently passed a municipal bill outlawing the use of handheld cell phones for talking and texting while driving. The Iowa State Legislature is poised pass a similar measure in the coming months. Although enforcement of … Continue reading

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Department of Transportation hearing following an OWI/DUI

I recently met with a University of Iowa student that had been charged with a 1st Offense Operating While Intoxicated.  She contacted my office and as a standard procedure I requested a hearing with the Iowa Department of Transportation to … Continue reading

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DUI, DWI, and OWI…What’s the Difference?

So what’s the difference? In Iowa, no matter what you call it, OWI or DUI, DWI or OMVI, Drinking and Driving or just plain bad luck, it’s a violation of the Code of Iowa Chapter 321J.2. Continue reading

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It’s my first OWI and I took a breath test – so why are they taking my license for a year?

Under most circumstances when someone is arrested for a first offense OWI and agrees to take a breath test, they are given notice that they’ll lose their license for six months.  But when that person has an .02 violation on … Continue reading

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Drunk Driving in the News Today…

Hardly a day goes by when Drinking and Driving doesn’t make the news somewhere.  Here’s a small smattering of  current news stories from across the county addressing the issue of drinking and driving. Amish man in Pennsylvania arrested for DUI … Continue reading

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Should I take a breath test?

The most common question asked of lawyers who do Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) or Driving While Intoxicated (DWI or DUI) work is: “Should I take a breath test if I’m accused of OWI, DWI or DUI?” Unfortunately, there is no … Continue reading

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