Throughout Iowa, people are pulled over for minor traffic offenses after having a few drinks, given a Breathalyzer or field sobriety test, and if they are in violation of the legal limit, arrested and charged with operating while intoxicated (OWI or driving under the influence, DUI).
Although the consequences of OWI/DUI are generally understood, many people fail to fully grasp the severity of the situation until it is too late. At Higgins Law Offices, PLLC, we understand that mistakes happen, and we aggressively defend our clients against OWI charges that could compromise their future.
The details of each case can vary, and charges are determined by the courts, but some potential consequences of OWI include:
- Revocation of driver’s license
- Substantial fines
- Legal fees
- Jail time
- Community service
- Seizure or impoundment of motor vehicle
One of the smartest things you can do after being arrested for OWI is contact a criminal defense lawyer. Attorney Stuart Higgins has helped numerous people protect their rights, negotiate with the prosecution and in some cases uncover errors or violations on the part of the authorities that may render an arrest illegal and dismiss a case.
Collateral Consequences of OWI
It’s easy to forget about the professional and personal consequences of being convicted of OWI or any other criminal charge. From the embarrassment of losing your license to the risk of having your commercial driver’s license revoked, an OWI/DUI can have a ripple effect throughout your life.
Don’t put yourself at greater risk by tackling an OWI charge on your own. Call us at Higgins Law Offices, PLLC, in Des Moines by dialing 515-619-9148. You can also send us an email for a prompt response.