Was arrest for an owi because i was driving and using my navigation so i had swerved someone had called the police so im going through the drive threw and they knock on my window ask for my license. thought it was weird they didnt ask for registration or insurance but so they had me do the field test and everything blew a .122.. id like to atleast get a work permit will my deffered help also
If you accept responsibility, plead guilty and receive the grace of a deferred judgment at the time of sentencing, then you will be placed on probation. Once you successfully complete probation, then the judgment will not enter on your adult criminal record. You will be able to then say that you haven't been convicted of OWI on job applications, health and life insurance applications, etc. A deferred judgment will save you money, too, because you will not have to pay the 35 percent surcharge on the civil penalty of $1250, but you will pay some money to be supervised while on probation. The DOT will still record a test result revocation on your license and a "conviction" for OWI on your certified driving record. If you are licensed to drive in another state, this may have an affect on your license. If you are licensed in Iowa, then your license will be revoked for 180 days if you have no prior revocations on your driving record within the past 12 years. You are eligible for a work permit immediately if you chose not to appeal within the 10 days allowed following your breath test. However, you must install an ignition interlock device, pay a civil penalty of $200 to the DOT and obtain SR22 insurance on your vehicle (assuming you are licensed in Iowa and the vehicle is registered in this state). Eventually, you will need to provide proof of completion of a substance abuse evaluation and the 12 hour course for drinking drivers to have your driving privileges reinstated in full. You should speak to an attorney to evaluate your defenses before deciding if a deferred judgment is the best outcome. I suggest calling Dean Keegan or Tom Farnsworth in Iowa City. Good luck.
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