Driver’s License Issues – Iowa DL
If you were stopped for an OWI and a charge has been filed, you will be facing Iowa driver’s license issues. Even if you have never had an Iowa driver’s license, you will still be suspended. It is important to learn all you can about what is going to happen to you down the road. We explain it here.
Driver’s License Issues – Other States
If you were stopped for an OWI and a charge has been filed, you will be facing Iowa driving sanctions. So, for example, you are licensed in South Dakota and you get popped for OWI in Iowa, you will be sanctioned by the Iowa DOT. Because you are not licensed in Iowa, you cannot obtain a temporary restricted license. So if you receive, for example, a six month driving revocation in Iowa, it would serve no purpose to obtain an ignition interlock device installed in your car because Iowa will not license you. You simply cannot drive in Iowa until the period of your revocation is up. There are no exceptions. Iowa sanctions apply to all persons, regardless of where you are licensed.
Appeal the Implied Consent Revocation
There are usually two tests where you are asked to blow into a device. The PBT is the preliminary breath test. It is usually performed at the time and location of your initial stop by the officer. The test that is of concern is the test given after the officer arrested you and took you to the station. The officer read to you an implied consent advisory before requesting the specimen (could be air/breath, blood, urine sample). The advisory gives you 10 days from that date to appeal the process. If you do not appeal, and your test is over the limit, your license will go under suspension. If you refused to provide a specimen, you have 10 days to file an appeal of the process.
Tested or Refused?
The officer provided you with a copy of the implied consent form with your test results or indicating your refusal. If you are eligible to drive for a short period of time, you must carry this document with you when you drive. It is your temporary driver’s license. You should take it to your OWI attorney ASAP so that he or she may determine what steps need to be taken.
You may be able to obtain a temporary restricted license through the Iowa D.O.T. (Department of Transportation). If you have not already done so, use our OWI Consequences program.
Obtain a Temporary Restricted License
If you are eligible for a Temporary Restricted License, get it! This will help you get your driver’s license restored down the road. You may be required to install an ignition interlock device.
Obtain SR22 Insurance
You will be required to obtain SR-22 insurance. Call an agent of your choosing and ask for an SR22 quote.
Substance Abuse Evaluation
You need to obtain a substance abuse evaluation and complete a 12 hour drinking drivers class. Click on our Substance Abuse evaluation link for more information.
2nd, 3rd Offense – CDL Complications
If this is your 2nd or 3rd or more offense and you have a CDL, you are facing a lifetime ban of your CDL. Call one of our lawyers for help.