When an offender is arrested for OWI in Iowa, administrative (license related) penalties are normally imposed. If the offender is convicted of OWI in court, there are criminal penalties in addition to the administrative penalties already imposed.
Under Iowa’s implied consent law, a person who operates a motor vehicle is deemed to have given consent to a chemical test of breath, blood, and/or urine if there are reasonable grounds to believe the person was “operating while intoxicated” (OWI).
“Operating while intoxicated” (OWI) is a serious offense that carries long-term consequences. However, certain OWI offenders are eligible for the deferred adjudication program. This program gives offenders the opportunity to avoid an OWI conviction.
In Iowa, driving under the influence (DUI) is generally referred to as “operating while intoxicated” (OWI). Subject to a few exceptions, consumption and possession of alcohol by a person under 21 years of age is illegal. And a person who’s under the age of 21 who operates a vehicle while intoxicated can be charged with OWI, as well as other crimes and violations.