Iowa DUI / DWI Laws

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Iowa's OWI law states that it is unlawful to operate a motor vehicle in Iowa:

  1. While under the influence of an alcoholic beverage or other drug or a combination of such substances.
  2. While having an alcohol concentration of .08 or more.
  3. While having any amount of a controlled substance in one’s body.

Iowa’s implied consent law means that any person who operates a motor vehicle in the state agrees to have a blood, breath and/or urine test performed to determine alcohol level or presence of drugs, whenever a peace officer has reasonable grounds to believe the person is operating under the influence.

Iowa OWI First offenses

  • First Offense:

Serious Misdemeanor: Punishable by up to 1 year in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,500.

Mandatory Minimum Penalty: 2 days in jail and a $1,000 fine plus 30% government surcharge of $300.

Note: you may be eligible for a deferred judgment if: you did not refuse the direct breath test at the station; your BAC was under .15; you have no prior conviction or deferred judgment for OWI; and there was no bodily injury to another person.

Iowa OWI Second offenses

  • Second Offense:

Convictions and deferred judgments in the last 12 years in any state are counted as prior offenses.

Aggravated Misdemeanor: Punishable by up to 2 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $5,000.

Mandatory Minimum Penalty:  7 days in jail and a fine of at least $1,500.

Iowa OWI Third offenses

  • Third Offense

This is the highest level of OWI obtainable in the State of Iowa.  All subsequent convictions after 3rd offense are counted as 3rd offenses.

Class D Felony:  Punishable by up to 5 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $7,500.

Mandatory Minimum Penalty:  30 days in jail and a fine of $2,500

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