They have a job. They have been wanting to make payment plan and have something taken out of account. They just got pulled over. They got charged with DWB.They don't have a license due to unpaid fines. They are married and have a kid.They do not want to go to jail for long time and lose job.its the 2nd or 3rd time. What can they do? They go to court in May. Any suggestions would help. I know one guy who has 18 OWI and just got another one and he has his license. The guy told the family member it is a matter of paying fines. How is this even possible to have that many OWI and still get a license? The family member hasn't been in trouble and does what they can to support their family. Please help
I suggest obtaining a copy of the certified driving record from the Iowa DOT. Depending on the offenses that led to being barred, the person may be eligible for a work permit. Some counties participate in a payment plan that will lift the suspended, revoked or barred driving status provided the driver makes regular payments. I think Kossuth County was doing that. I'm not sure of one closer to Linn. The driver should speak to a criminal defense attorney who specializes in driving offenses. Dean Keegan and Tom Farnsworth in Iowa City come to mind. As far as avoiding jail for a repeat offense, the county attorneys often do not like to place persons on probation for driving offenses because the probation office lacks sufficient resources to supervise all the persons that would be eligible. I would anticipate a sentencing recommendation from the county attorney of 30 days or more. That's what I see where I practice.
When I have someone with an Il license problem and there is also something unpaid in Iowa, I have them approach the county DA about entering into a court ordered payment plan, so that Iowa removes the withdrawn status of the Iowa license, which allows us to move ahead in IL.
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