Penalties and Consequences

Driver's License Consequences

The DOT only looks at prior drunk driving license suspensions within the past 12 years to determine if the current charge is a 1st, 2nd or subsequent offense.  Zero tolerance  (.02) offenses count!

First Offense

Failure Refusal
Suspension Period 6 Months 1 Year
Hard Suspension Period
  • Over .15 or accident = 30 Days
  • Under .15 and no accident = none
90 Days
Ignition Interlock
  • .100 or under and no accident = none
  • Over .100 required for TRL
Always
CDL 1 year (per DOT) Always

Second or Subsequent Offense

Failure Refusal
Suspension Period 1 Year 2 Years
Hard Suspension Period 45 Days 90 Days
Ignition Interlock Always Always
CDL Lifetime Lifetime

Under Iowa laws, any person found to have been operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated by failing a sobriety test or refusing to submit to a sobriety test must complete a mandatory drinking and driving course.

Criminal Consequences If Convicted

Requires actual criminal conviction for operating while intoxicated.

First Offense

Failure Refusal
Mandatory Min. Jail Time
  • 2 days if under .15 and no PI accident
  • possibly no jail
  • deferred judgement

2 days

not eligible for deferred

Mandatory Min. Jail Fine

$1250 plus 35% surcharge

$1250 plus 35% surcharge
Ignition Interlock Always Always
CDL Lifetime Lifetime

 Second Offense

Failure Refusal
Mandatory Min. Jail Time 7 days 7 days
Mandatory Min. Jail Fine $1850 plus 35% surcharge $1850 plus 35% surcharge
Other If convicted, may not register a vehicle In your name


Third Offense

Failure Refusal
Mandatory Min. Jail Time 30 days 30 days
Mandatory Min. Jail Fine $3125 plus 35% surcharge $3125 plus 35% surcharge
Other

FELONY!

  • If convicted, may not register a vehicle
    in your name
  • Conviction requires 6 year court imposed driver's license barrment
  • No benefit to consenting to test unless absolutely certain will blow under .08

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OWI 1st Amended to Public Intoxication

Operating While Intoxicated charge amended to Simple Misdemeanor, Public Intoxication