DUI Attorneys in Iowa
If you're charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI)—also referred to as a DWI—in Iowa, you may need to hire a DUI attorney to assist you. Iowa DWI lawyers can represent you in court, and inform you about DUI penalties and court procedures.
NOTE: The content of this website is intended solely for informational purposes. It is not a source of legal advice and should not be used as such.
You may find a lot of DUI lawyers in Iowa who can assist you with alcohol-related traffic violations. Use the following tips to help you choose your DUI attorney:
- Ask for a referral. Your friends or family may have hired a DWI attorney or know of a lawyer who specializes in DUI cases.
- Find a lawyer with DUI experience. Be sure to select someone with expertise in DUI/DWI cases.
- Search your local area. You'll be better off working with a lawyer who has experience with local courts and knowledge of Iowa traffic laws.
- Schedule a few meetings. Since consultations are normally free, you should take the time to meet with multiple DUI attorneys before you hire someone.
- Understand your attorney's fees. Before you commit to a DUI attorney, be sure to ask about fees and find out when your payment is due.
Charges Handled by DUI Attorneys
You will face a DUI charge in Iowa if:
- You were driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or more.
- You can be charged for a DUI with a lower BAC level if you are a commercial driver or have a provisional driver's license.
- You refused a BAC test.
When choosing a DUI lawyer, you should check whether they've worked on other DUI cases similar to yours.
Since DUI offenses result in criminal charges in Iowa, you may need a DUI attorney to ensure your case goes smoothly and to minimize your penalties and charges. Here are some examples of what a DUI attorney can do for you:
- Represent you in court.
- Help you decide on your plea and/or testimony (if applicable).
- Complete and submit all required paperwork to your court.
- Walk you through the Iowa court process and potential outcomes.
NOTE: While you can inquire about the strength of your case and chances of dismissal, a DUI attorney cannot guarantee any outcome.
If you plead or are found “guilty" of your DUI charge, you'll face several penalties depending on your specific case. In Iowa, most DUI convictions result in:
- A suspension of your IA driver's license by the Department of Transportation. This is in addition to any criminal charges. Revocation periods vary. For failing a BAC test your driver's license will be revoked for:
- 180 days for your 1st conviction.
- 1 year for your 2nd conviction within 12 years.
- 6 years for your 3rd conviction within 12 years.
- Hefty fines.
- Jail time.
- Mandatory completion of a substance-abuse evaluation or treatment program.
- Having an ignition interlock device installed in your car.
A DUI attorney can help you prepare your case and make the entire process much easier.
NOTE: If your IA driver's license is revoked and you're caught driving with it, you'll face new misdemeanor charges and a $1,000 fine.
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