Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) or Driving Under the Influence (DUI) as its more commonly known, is one of the single largest categories of criminal offenses in Iowa. From Sioux City to Cedar Rapids, Davenport to Council Bluffs, Des Moines to Mason City and Iowa City to Marshalltown people are regularly pulled over for minor offenses which end up leading to drunk driving charges. Many people have a few drinks, get caught speeding and end up performing field sobriety tests and taking a Breathalyzer. Whatever the situation was, if you are charged with an OWI Dean Stowers and James Nelsen will aggressively defend you.
OWI charges are usually the result of an honest mistake. Unfortunately, beyond just the embarrassment, OWI charges can have serious consequences under Iowa law. These consequences can be harsh and include among others:
- Loss of driver’s license or commercial driver’s license
- Hefty Fines
- Jail Time and/or Probation
- Suspension of Professional License
- Insurance Rate increase
- Ignition Interlock Requirements
Every OWI case involves a criminal proceeding and an administrative proceeding through the Department of Transportation. OWI’s often prove challenging and complex for people who try to navigate the case on their own. One of the best things you can do for peace of mind after an OWI arrest is hire a criminal defense attorney. Even if you believe you are guilty, chances are, we can still be of substantial assistance.
At Stowers & Nelsen, we do more than shepherd you through an OWI charge. OWI’s are fruitful sources of litigation. Often during an OWI investigation the police violate statutory procedures or violate your constitutional rights. Without formal training you are unlikely to know whether either of these violations occurred. If they did, we will identify the violation, file a motion to suppress and try to get your case thrown out.
In still other cases, a person may not appear on video to be intoxicated or simply may not have been intoxicated. These case maybe defendable at trial. Making this determination requires an attorney who has a trained eye and keen legal mind. James Nelsen is certified in field sobriety testing and will put his legal experience to work for you. Do not navigate the treacherous OWI waters alone. Call us! We will help put your mind at ease.