Iowa First Offense OWI Penalties & Law

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DUI laws, penalties, fines, license suspension, sr22 filing and more

A first offense OWI in Iowa comes with a combination of criminal penalties enforced by the court and administrative penalties against your driver's license handed down by the Department of Transportation.

Criminal Penalties

A first offense is classified as a Misdemeanor offense. Punished by imprisonment in the county or municipal jail for a minimum of 48 hours up to a maximum of 1 year. The jail sentence may be suspended by the court as long as you submitted to a chemical test, have had no prior convictions for OWI within the past 12 years and your BAC was less than .15% and have no previous deferred sentences. The maximum fine amount is $1,250 of which the court will waive $625 if you present a temporary restricted license to the court. The court may suspend any fine amount in lieu of community service. Attendance in a state approved substance abuse program is required.

Administrative Penalties

A first offense refusal to submit to a chemical test will result in a 1 year suspension of your driver's license. An ignition interlock will be required if your BAC was .10% or higher or an accident occurred that resulted in the injury of another person. Your license will be revoked for 180 days following a first offense. If you received a deferred sentence the revocation may be reduced to 30 days. An SR-22 form filing will be required for a period of 3 years beyond license reinstatement period. You can apply for your SR-22 filing below:

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Other Iowa OWI Resources

  • Iowa OWI Laws - Here you will find a comprehensive and detailed explanation of Iowa's OWI laws including all offense levels and penalties.

  • Iowa SR22 Insurance - We have compiled everything you need to know about Iowa's SR22 insurance and filing requirements including important addresses, phone numbers, etc.

  • Iowa Substance Abuse Evaluations - We offer a complete listing of state approved DUI & alcohol abuse classes.

  • Iowa Bail Bond Agents - Comprehensive list of Iowa bail bond agents including address, phone, website, etc.

  • State Statutes - Complete Iowa OWI statute regarding OWI laws and penalties.

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