Time is Up – Not So Fast My Friend!

West Des Moines, Dallas County, Iowa.  Operating While Intoxicated, First Offense, amended to the simple misdemeanor offense of Reckless Driving after the court agreed that GRL Law’s client was required to end his attempts to contact an attorney prematurely.  Iowa law provides that an arrestee is entitled to a reasonable opportunity to consult with a lawyer prior to making a decision to submit to or refuse chemical testing after being arrested for operating while intoxicated.  In this case, the officer still had over an hour remaining in the applicable time period when he ended GRL Law’s client’s attempts to locate an attorney.  OWI conviction avoided and full driving privileges reinstated.