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A 1937 US Government propaganda poster about the dangers of mixing alcohol and gasoline. "Don't Mix 'Em 1937" by Robert Lachenman for the Work Projects Administration Federal Art Project, Pennsylvania - This image is available from the United States Library of Congress's Prints and Photographs division under the digital ID cph.3b49006.This tag does not indicate the copyright status of the attached work. A normal copyright tag is still required.‎ | +/−Restoration by trialsanderrors: Don't Mix and Drive, WPA poster ca. 1937. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Don%27t_Mix_%27Em_1937.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Don%27t_Mix_%27Em_1937.jpg

Why I am a Cedar Rapids OWI Charge Lawyer

by David Cmelik 
I call myself an OWI charge lawyer because I’ve handled a significant number of OWIs in my career including acquittals for OWI and homicide by vehicle (OWI). I take pride in my work and I believe strongly that grief politics and special interests bent on reducing the blood alcohol content limits have changed the rightful focus on drunk driving to neoprohibition and zero tolerance.   I’m not alone in this. Even Candace Lightner, who founded Mothers Against Drunk Driving, has been quoted as saying, “I didn't start MADD to deal with alcohol. I started MADD to deal with the issue of drunk driving.”   There has been a recent push to place alcohol sensors in every car sold in the United States and a parallel lobby to reduce the already-too-low BAC limit of .08 to .05. A now-retired judge once told me that “anyone can get popped for OWI—once.” It was a cautionary tale intended to be taken back to a client—come back to court again and you won’t be so lucky. But I also interpreted the statement to mean that even law abiding citizens can be ensnared by their own lack of understanding of the near-zero tolerance imposed by political. Everyone from the wealthiest Mercedes driving pillar of the community to state senators has been arrested in Iowa for Operating While Intoxicated. The neoprohibition of .08 BAC and grief politics has ensnared every walk of socioeconomic life. Many people are unaware that States were bullied into reducing the BAC to .08 by federal congressional blackmail—if States did not reduce the limit they risked losing millions in federal highway money, a perfectly legal quid pro quo that nevertheless subverted the will of individual state legislatures and bypassed home rule in 50 states. If you or a loved one has been charged with OWI in Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Vinton, Anamosa, Linn, Johnson, Jones, Benton, or other Iowa counties, please call for a free initial consultation regarding your options and representation. A blog is not legal advice. No attorney-client relationship is established by reading a blog or by sending unsolicited information to a lawyer over the Internet.