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Iowa OWI/DUI/Drunk Driving Defense Attorneys

An Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) charge, also known as Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in many other states, can affect a person’s finances, freedom, and job. An OWI conviction can carry with it hefty fines, license suspension, or even jail time. It takes a confident and experienced attorney in order to defend these charges and ensure that your rights are protected.

If you or a loved one is facing an OWI charge, the attorneys at Stowers & Nelsen have extensive experience defending OWI charges and can help seek a successful outcome for you. Call Stowers & Nelsen today at 1- or contact the firm to schedule a consultation.


Under Iowa law, it is illegal to drive while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. A person is considered “under the influence” in three ways. A person is automatically considered under the influence if testing shows that the person’s Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) is above a .08. For an average person, this typically means about two drinks, although BAC can vary widely with a person’s height, sex, weight, and many other factors. If a person is under 21, the limit for BAC decreases to .02.

Additionally, person can be considered under the influence, even if BAC is below .08, if police testify that the person was still feeling and exhibiting the effects of the alcohol while driving. This means that even if a person tests below a .08, they still may be facing a DUI charge if police perceive signs of intoxication, such as impaired motor skills and slurred words.

Finally, a person is considered under the influence if testing shows the presence of any amount of controlled substance in the person’s system, regardless of whether the person displays the effect of the substance while driving.

OWI charges can be complex, and every case is different. However, the attorneys at Stowers & Nelsen regularly navigate this field, and can work toward gaining a fair and favorable outcome for your case. By challenging the prosecution’s evidence and using tools such as substance abuse evaluations, weekend programs, and ignition interlock systems, the attorneys at Stowers & Nelsen fight for your rights, making sure that everything possible is done to avoid conviction, license suspension, or jail time following your arrest. Contact the firm today to schedule a consultation.

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