Dallas County DUI Lawyers Bartolomei & Lange P.L.C.
Protecting Your Driving Privileges after a DUI in Iowa
Drunk Driving Defense Available After a DUI in Dallas County
Drunk driving in Iowa is a serious offense. It can result in both immediate penalties and long-term consequences. You could lose your driver’s license, be sent to jail and, because it is a criminal offense, even lose your job.
- Criminal defense specializing in Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) charges
- Bartolomei & Lange’s DUI lawyers will work closely with you throughout the legal process
- Member of the Iowa State Bar Association and licensed in Iowa and Missouri
- Former prosecuting attorney on the team to offer you a unique advantage in the courtroom
Because of the impact of being found guilty of IA DUI, it is very much to your benefit to hire professional legal guidance. The Waukee Iowa DUI Lawyers with Bartolomei & Lange know Iowa DUI law and the complex DUI court system. They will assist you with all portions of your drunk driving defense and help you through this difficult time. The law firm of Bartolomei & Lange can make a difference in the outcome of your case.
Call Now for Free DUI Consultation
Dallas County DUI Attorneys Bartolomei & Lange will listen to your story, review the details of your arrest and outline your options. The initial meeting is free and there is no further obligation. To schedule a review of your case, call (515) 337-8808 or fill out the consultation request form to the left.
Being Charged with OWI/DUI in Iowa
The term for drunk driving or driving under the influence of drugs in Iowa is Operating While Intoxicated (OWI). The offense is commonly also referred to as Driving Under the Influence (DUI). The two charges are similar, in that they are both considered criminal acts and can result in similar legal, financial and social penalties.
The legal definition of driving under the influence in Iowa is having a blood alcohol content of .08% or higher. However it is possible to be charged with IA OWI/DUI with a BAC below the legal threshold if a law enforcement officer suspects you are impaired by alcohol or drugs.
Properly defending against a DUI in Iowa requires both legal and scientific knowledge. Waukee DUI Lawyers Bartolomei & Lange will thoroughly investigate your arrest in order to build the most aggressive and appropriate defense for your specific case. They will challenge evidence, check breath and blood testing equipment maintenance records, question probable cause for the initial traffic stop, review the arrest report for errors in police procedure and determine if field sobriety tests were administered improperly. By compiling critical defense arguments, the prosecution must prove every point of its case. If it cannot, there is a chance of getting your charges reduced or your case dismissed.
Contact Dallas County DUI Attorneys Bartolomei & Lange and ask them to start building your defense today.
Loss of Driver’s License for DUI
Immediately after an arrest for driving under the influence in Dallas County, the Iowa Department of Transportation will file an administrative case seeking to suspend or revoke your license. Note that this is a separate action from the criminal DUI case.
If you registered a BAC of .08% or higher, your license will be suspended for 6 months. If you refused to submit to a breath or blood test, you will lose your license for 12 months. Further penalties could be applied if you have any prior convictions for drunk driving in Iowa, license suspensions or BAC test refusals within a 12-year period.
Waukee DUI Attorneys Bartolomei & Lange can help with all aspects of your arrest for drunk driving in Dallas County, including representation at an administrative hearing with the DOT. Call now for help more information on saving your driving privileges.
Penalties for Iowa DUI
A first offense DUI in Iowa is filed as a Serious Misdemeanor. A conviction could lead to a jail sentence, fines and court fees, surcharges, a substance abuse evaluation and mandatory enrollment in an alcohol education program.
Like with your license suspension, the courts can review your record over a 12-year period for any prior DUI convictions. Each additional offense results in harsher penalties, and the third and any subsequent arrest is filed as a Felony.
Being found guilty of drunk driving in Dallas County would result in a criminal arrest record. That could result in loss of job or limits in future employment opportunities. It could keep you from opening a credit account, securing a mortgage and even renting a car.
It is important to fight the charges filed against you and try to keep your record clean. Contact Dallas County IA DUI Attorneys Bartolomei & Lange for immediate help.
Request a Free Initial Review of Your Case
For help with an arrest for drunk driving in Iowa, contact Waukee IA DUI Lawyers Bartolomei & Lange by calling (515) 337-8808 or filling out the form to the left. Your inquiry is confidential and the consultation is free, so call now.