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Drunk Driving

What to know about OWI in Iowa

Every state enacts laws to combat drunk driving to keep roads safe, even if they use different initials. While most states call it DUI, Iowa calls it OWI, or operating under the influence. Drivers in West Des Moines, Iowa, who get caught drunk driving face several...

Common defenses for OWI law in Iowa

Some states call driving under the influence DUI, but Iowa calls it OWI, or "operating while intoxicated." Drivers in West Des Moines, Iowa, may face several stiff penalties and fines, but they can challenge the charges with some valid defenses. Overview of OWI in...

When is DUI a felony or a misdemeanor?

Iowa has one of the strictest impaired driving laws in the nation. While some states set the bar for a felony charge at a fourth offense for DUI, Iowa lowers that standard to three impaired driving arrests. Iowa does follow the standardized guideline of .08 BAC when...

Open container laws in Iowa

While the initials used to refer to drunk driving differ, all states mandate laws to combat intoxicated driving. Iowa calls drunk driving OWI, or operating while intoxicated. Drivers in West Des Moines, Iowa, know that it's illegal to operate vehicles under the...

Are Breathalyzer tests always accurate?

The state of Iowa sets a standard for alcohol impairment at .08 blood alcohol content level for those who are stopped while operating a motor vehicle. In fact, motorists can even be cited for "wet" reckless driving when the content level is above .05 BAC. However,...

What to do after a traffic stop in Iowa

It can feel unsettling to see flashing red lights in your rearview mirror during a drive home at night. You wonder what prompted police to pull you over. Regardless of what charges they may attempt to pursue you on, it is important to keep the following tips in mind:...

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