Defending Criminal Charges | Protecting Driving Privileges
States differ in what they call a drinking and driving charge. In Iowa, if you are arrested for impaired driving, the charge is operating while under the influence of alcohol or drugs (OWI). In Illinois it is called driving while impaired (DWI) and in Minnesota it is called driving while under the influence (DUI).
There are two portions of any OWI charge, and they operate somewhat independently.
- Criminal charge — either a misdemeanor or felony OWI in state or federal criminal court
- Administrative charge — license suspension or revocation by the Department of Transportation (DOT)
At Foster Law Office, our Iowa City OWI/DWI/DUI defense attorneys represent clients with both portions of the charge.
It is important to act quickly to select an attorney. There is a 10-day time limit to request a DOT hearing and protect your driving privileges.
Cedar Rapids Drunk Driving Arrest Attorney
During more than 30 years as a criminal defense lawyer, Davis Foster has had the opportunity to help thousands of individuals charged with an Iowa OWI. As with any criminal charge, we always take a two-pronged approach to criminal defense. We prepare for trial while we negotiate with the prosecution for the best deal. By doing both at the same time, we are able to offer our clients realistic options. At our law firm we will:
- Review the video from the cruiser to see if there was a constitutional violation
- Review the stop to see if it was legal and warranted
- Review the arrest to see if there was a procedure violation
- Review the breath test or other evidence to see if there was a technical or constitutional violation
At our law firm, we give you a variety of legal options. We present you with choices so that you can choose the option that is best for you.
Driver's License Hearing
It is important to know that there is a strict 10-day time frame to schedule an administrative hearing to protect your driver's license. Our lawyers can take care of all of the details for you.
A license revocation in Iowa carries back to your home state. If you lose your license in Iowa, you've also lost it in Illinois, Wisconsin or Minnesota.
Your Resource in State or Federal Court
For experienced and competent criminal defense of an OWI charge, please call our law office at 319-383-0405 or toll-free at 866-781-3971, or send our attorneys an e-mail.