Find Iowa DUI Laws IOWA OWI Laws - IOWA DUI Laws
Iowa's OWI law states that it is unlawful to operate a motor vehicle in Iowa:
- While under the influence of an alcoholic beverage or other drug or a combination of such substances.
- While having an alcohol concentration of .08 or more.
- 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