Few people understand what an OWI is, and fewer understand the difference between an OWI and a DUI. However, when you are facing charges for an OWI, it is important for you to know what those charges mean, and what could be in store for you as far as penalties and punishments go. Zachary D. Crowdes is the OWI defense lawyer at your side throughout the entire process, giving you the Cedar Rapids attorney services you need, when you need them most.

The Difference Between an OWI and a DUI

While both operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OWI) and driving under the influence (DUI) refer to a person behind the wheel while impaired by alcohol or drugs, they are seen as very different charges in court. These differences include:

  1. An OWI means that the defendant has been tested at the scene and found to have a blood alcohol content much higher than the threshold for a DUI charge.
  2. An OWI is a much more severe criminal charge than a DUI.
  3. An OWI charge can be lowered, with the right legal representation and case, into a DUI.

Lessening Your Charges

If you are seeking to downgrade from an OWI to a DUI, it is absolutely essential for you to have an attorney who is well-versed in OWI defense, particularly one with experience in Iowa. This is because OWI and DUI charges and penalties can vary from state to state, and Iowa’s laws regarding conviction are unique.

In addition, your case must meet certain conditions in order to be considered for a downgrade to a DUI. These include (but aren’t limited to):

  • Must be a first time offense
  • Your BAC must be within a reasonable range
  • You cooperated with police

If you have been arrested for an OWI or a DUI, invest in the criminal defense attorney who is invested in you and contact Zachary D. Crowdes today!