OWI vs DUI: Iowa’s Drunk Driving Laws

Many people assume that when you are arrested for drunk driving you always receive a DUI, or Driving Under the Influence. However, that is not the case in every state. In fact, when you’re arrested for drunk driving in Iowa, you’ll be charged with an OWI (Operating While Intoxicated), not DUI. Though both charges are very …

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Controlled Substance Schedules in Iowa

In Iowa, you can be arrested, tried and convicted for possession of an illegal substance, whether you have the intent to sell or not. You can be convicted of felony distribution or intent to distribute even if you don’t sell, but simply give or intend to give the drugs to another person. The illegal substances are …

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New Iowa Expungement Law

New Iowa Expungement law goes into effect July 1, 2019; as part of Senate File 589. https://www.legis.iowa.gov/legislation/BillBook?ga=88&ba=SF589 Division I- Expungements: Section 1 allows persons who have been convicted of public intoxication, simulated public intoxication or public consumption under either the state law or a local ordinance, to have the conviction expunged two years after conviction …

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New Iowa Temporary Restricted License Law

Last year a new Iowa temporary restricted license law went into effect, drastically changing how temporary restricted licenses (TRL) work in Iowa. No Periods of Ineligibility Under the new Iowa temporary restricted license law, there are no periods of ineligibility. This means that almost everyone is eligible for a TRL immediately, regardless of age, test consent …

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Expungeable Offenses in Iowa

If you have been convicted of public intoxication or PAULA (Possession of Alcohol Under the Legal Age) you can get these charges expunged from your record in the state of Iowa. Requirements for Expungement To get your public intoxication or PAULA charge expunged, you must go 2 years (from the date of your conviction) without any law …

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Assault Charges in Iowa

Assault charges in Iowa can be confusing if you’re unfamiliar with the law. In Iowa, there are a number of different assault charges that can be brought against you, including but not limited to: Simple assault Assault causing injury Domestic assault Willful injury Assault as a Misdemeanor The degree of assault depends on the severity of the …

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What is Accessory?

You don’t always have to be the one who commits a crime to be charged with a criminal offense. Just assisting someone who you know will commit or who has already committed a crime is grounds for arrest and imprisonment. An accessory is someone who assists or encourages or facilitates a crime, or knowingly helps …

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