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Iowa OWI DUI Laws

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The maximum prescribed legal BAC limit in Iowa is 0.08% per se
(effective from July 1st 2003)

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Iowa Drunk Driving Laws

(If you’ve been charged with Iowa OWI / DUI, the law allows 10 days for your Iowa DWI Lawyer to make a request for an Iowa Department of Transportation administrative hearing to save your driving license)

Iowa is a member of the Interstate Drivers License Compact
An agreement between participating states to share information regarding certain types of convictions including DUI - DWI and related Drunk Driving offenses. If a resident of one state gets convicted of a drunk driving offense in another state, the driver's home state will be notified. The type of action that the driver's home state will take will vary from state to state.

Iowa OWI / DUI Laws and BAC limits

ALL DRIVERS - BAC LIMIT = 0.08%
In the State of Iowa it is crime for ANY driver to drive with a BAC (blood alcohol content - concentration) of 0.08% and above.

COMMERCIAL DRIVERS - BAC LIMIT = 0.04%
It is a crime for commercial vehicle operators to drive with a BAC (blood alcohol content - concentration) of 0.04% or above.

MINOR (under the age of 21) - BAC LIMIT = 0.01%
It is a crime for persons under 21 years of age to drive with a BAC (blood alcohol content - concentration) of 0.01% or above.

It is a crime to refuse to submit to a chemical test in Iowa and implied consent laws are enforced.

!! CAUTION - Driving Ability Impaired !!

You can be prosecuted in Iowa without driving while you are over the legal prescribed bac limit.

Under Iowa law, it is unlawful to drive with a BAC limit above the per se laws OR to drive while impaired under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

Under this law the prosecution must show that the driver was IMPAIRED by alcohol and/or drugs. The level of impairment is usually based on observations and evidence of driving ability (or rather inability), physical appearance, field sobriety tests and any other relevant evidence which can help prove a persons driving ability was indeed impaired. Different amounts of alcohol can affect people in different ways, what may impair one persons driving ability and make them feel drunk, might not necessarily impair another persons driving ability.

Observations from a law enforcement officer that may lead to being stopped and arrested include:

  • Making a turn too widely or narrowly
  • Using two lanes, straddling the center line
  • Almost hitting someone or something
  • Weaving or drifting from one side of the road to another
  • Driving too slowly and being overly cautious
  • Driving too close to vehicle in front
  • Driving ON the center lines
  • Erratic braking
  • Swerving to correct course of vehicle

You can be charged with an offence regardless of your BAC level, as long as impairment can be proved to the legal extent necessary.

A skilled drunk driving attorney can help you defend any charges against you

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Penalties for OWI DUI Drunk Driving in Iowa

In Iowa drunk driving is known as OWI (operating a vehicle while intoxicated)

Iowa is a state with a twelve-year ‘washout period’ also known as a 'look back period'.


First OWI DUI - Drunk Driving Conviction - MISDEMEANOR

The penalty for a first OWI DWI - drunk driving conviction in Iowa:

  • Fine: up to $1,250 fine (possible community service in lieu of fine)
  • Jail: 48 hours to 1 year in jail (may be deferred / suspended)
  • License Revocation: 180 days drivers license revocation
  • Restricted License:
    • BAC 0.08 - 0.10: eligible immediately with no ignition interlock requirement
    • BAC 0.10 - 0.15: eligible immediately with ignition interlock restriction
    • BAC 0.15 or above: eligible after at least 30 days with ignition interlock restriction
  • must undergo substance abuse evaluation and complete treatment as necessary
  • possible 6 month probation after completion of any treatment program
  • Iowa SR22 insurance requirement

Second OWI DUI - Drunk Driving Conviction - MISDEMEANOR

The penalty for a second OWI DWI - drunk driving conviction in Iowa:

  • Fine: $1,875 to $6,250 fine (possible community service in lieu of fine)
  • Jail: 7 days (mandatory) to 2 years in jail
  • License Revocation: 2 years drivers license revocation
  • Restricted License: eligible after 1 year revocation, must install ignition interlock device
  • must undergo substance abuse evaluation and complete treatment as necessary
  • possible 6 month probation after completion of any treatment program
  • vehicle may be impounded or immobilized
  • Iowa SR22 insurance requirement

Third (and Subsequent) OWI DUI - Drunk Driving Conviction - felony

The penalty for a third and subsequent OWI DWI - drunk driving conviction in Iowa:

  • Fine: $3,125 to $9,375 fine
  • Jail: 30 days (mandatory) to 5 years imprisonment
  • License Revocation: 6 years drivers license revocation
  • Restricted License: eligible after 1 year revocation, must install ignition interlock device
  • must undergo substance abuse evaluation and complete treatment as necessary
  • possible community service program
  • possible 6 month probation after completion of any treatment program
  • vehicle may be impounded or immobilized
  • Iowa SR22 insurance requirement

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Implied consent LAWS

Implied Consent Chemical Testing

It is an offense to refuse to submit to a chemical test in Iowa and implied consent laws are enforced.

Penalties for refusing to submit to a chemical test in Iowa

In Iowa, if the accused refuses to take a chemical test of their blood, breath or urine, their drivers license will be suspended/revoked.

FIRST CHEMICAL TEST REFUSAL

SECOND (AND SUBSEQUENT) Chemical Test REFUSALS

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Iowa SR-22 auto insurance is usually required for a period of 2 years after a OWI / DWI - drunk driving - alcohol related driving conviction and can be very expensive if you go with the wrong provider.  Some insurance companies will not even do an SR22 insurance filing. Get a FREE DUI auto insurance quote and compare rates to find the best deal, simply enter your ZIP code above and you can be comparing prices for Iowa auto insurance in a matter of minutes.

A person under the age of 21 whose license was revoked because he/she tested .02 or more but less than .08 is not required to file an SR-22.

Minimum liability insurance requirements for private passenger vehicles in the state of Iowa

The minimum mandatory liability insurance coverage required in the state of Iowa for private passenger vehicles is (20/40/15). This equates to the following liability coverage:

  • $20,000 bodily injury liability (BIL) per person
  • $40,000 for two or more people in one accident
  • $15,000 property damage liability (PDL) coverage

What is (BIL) Bodily Injury Liability insurance?

(BIL) Bodily Injury Liability insurance coverage will pay for serious and permanent injury or death to other people when a crash is caused by the insured. An auto insurance company will pay for injuries up to the limits specified in an insurance policy and will provide legal representation for the insured in the event someone tries to sue them.

What is (PDL) Property Damage Liability insurance?

(PDL) Property Damage Liability insurance coverage pays for damages an insured driver or members of an insured drivers family cause (and are liable for) to other people's property in a crash involving a motor vehicle.

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Disclaimer: While every effort is made to keep all information up to date, the Iowa drunk driving laws change frequently and the information provided on this web site should not be construed as legal advice, nor is it necessarily complete. Drinkdriving.org shall not be held responsible for any actions a person may take as a result of information gathered from this web site. Consultation with a local Iowa DUI lawyer is recommended in all cases.

 

Useful Iowa OWI DWI Links:

OWI / DWI - Drunk Driving Laws in Iowa

Iowa Drivers Manual

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Iowa Department of Transportation

Iowa State Courts

Iowa Department of Insurance

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Latest Iowa OWI DWI News

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Fri, 17 Nov 2017 21:14:48 GMT

Iowa MLB prospect charged with OWI - KCCI Des Moines


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Iowa MLB prospect charged with OWI
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Iowa MLB prospect charged with OWI. A Des Moines native, and Major League Baseball draft pick, is facing charges in Iowa City. Share. 214 Shares. Copy Link. Copy. {copyShortcut} to copy Link copied! KCCI. Updated: 7:08 AM CDT Oct 30, 2017. Iowa MLB ...

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Mon, 30 Oct 2017 12:13:44 GMT

MLB prospect arrested in Iowa City - KCRG


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MLB prospect arrested in Iowa City
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He faces, not only the first offense OWI charge, but one for possession of a fake I.D. Both are serious misdemeanors in Iowa, punishable by up to one year in jail apiece. Swanda, a pitcher, and a graduate of Theodore Roosevelt High School in Des Moines ...


Sun, 29 Oct 2017 20:07:46 GMT

Woman faces OWI charge in fatal Iowa County crash - WKOW


WMTV

Woman faces OWI charge in fatal Iowa County crash
WKOW
ARENA (WKOW) -- A 53-year-old Muscoda woman faces an OWI charge following a fatal crash Friday near the Iowa County community of Arena. Kevin Kaltenberg, 38, of Hillsboro died in the crash. Kelly Johnsrud was arrested for operating while intoxicated, ...
Driver identified in fatal Iowa Co. crash, other driver faces OWIWMTV
Surviving driver faces OWI in fatal head-on crash, state patrol saysChannel3000.com - WISC-TV3

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Wed, 18 Oct 2017 21:28:48 GMT

Court docs: Driver in fatal crash says it was her 3rd OWI arrest in 3 days - Channel3000.com - WISC-TV3


Channel3000.com - WISC-TV3

Court docs: Driver in fatal crash says it was her 3rd OWI arrest in 3 days
Channel3000.com - WISC-TV3
ARENA, Wis. - The surviving driver in a fatal head-on crash in Iowa County last Friday said she had been arrested three times in three days for drunk driving, according to court documents. Kelly Johnsrud, 53, is facing charges for homicide by ...

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Thu, 19 Oct 2017 22:50:30 GMT

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