Felony Charges Dismissed – Minimum Jail Time on OWI

Dubuque, Dubuque County, Iowa. Before the judge could rule on a motion to suppress evidence, the prosecution agreed to dismiss felony charges for Eluding and Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Intent to Distribute, in exchange for client pleading guilty to OWI 1st Offense and Reckless Driving.

GRL Law's client was alleged to have been driving over 130 miles per hour prior to being stopped by law enforcement. The State was initially demanding a guilty plea to all charges with client agreeing to serve a thirty (30) day jail sentence with a five (5) year suspended prison sentence and five years of probation. Ten months and a two-day suppression hearing later, the State was finally convinced to dismiss the felony accusations. The State requested ten (10) days in jail on the operating while intoxicated charge but the Judge concluded that the mandatory minimum two (2) day jail sentence followed by one year of probation was appropriate following a contested sentencing.