Spring is here and Summer’s on the way. That means it’s time for barbecues, graduation parties and weddings. When you attend a celebration, chances are you may indulge in an alcoholic beverage or two. If you drove yourself to the party, you may have a problem.
If you have been drinking at a party and then drive yourself home, you may end up with an OWI charge. This could put a damper on your plans for a fun summer.
What are the penalties for drunk driving?
If the police pull you over in Iowa for suspicion of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs (OWI), they will issue you a sobriety test. Failing the test could result in an OWI charge. The accompanying penalties vary depending on whether or not this is your first offense.
- First-time offenders will face a fine of up to $1,250. Your license might be revoked for a period of 180 – 365 days and you may be in jail anywhere from 48 hours to an entire year
- Second-time offenders will face a higher fine that ranges from $1,875 to $6,250. Your license will be revoked for one to two years and you could be in jail anywhere from seven days to two years.
- Third-time offenders will face a fine ranging from $3,225 to $9,375. You could spend up to five years in jail and your license could be revoked for as many as six years.
Third or subsequent OWI charges are considered Class D felonies.
If you do find yourself facing an OWI charge after a night of celebrating, contacting an experienced legal guide is important. They can help you navigate through the charges.