The OWI Unit, a subdivision of the Intake and Screening Bureau of the Polk County
Attorney’s Office, is comprised of three full-time Assistant County Attorneys, one
legal assistant and one legal secretary. The work of the staff is also supported
by investigators from the Investigation Bureau of the Polk County Attorney’s Office.
The OWI Unit prosecutes persons charged with the crime of Operating a Motor Vehicle
While Under the Influence of Alcohol and/or Drugs. The unit also prosecutes any
related crimes that may be associated with the OWI such as Child Endangerment, Driving
While License is Barred/Suspended, Eluding, Possession of Controlled Substances,
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and any traffic citations that the defendant may
The OWI Unit is responsible for the screening and filing of OWI criminal charges.
After a case is filed, it is the responsibility of the OWI Units attorneys to appear
before the Court and present evidence in support of the trial information that has
been filed and to otherwise represent the interests of the State of Iowa. The OWI
Unit also represents the interest of any victims that may be involved as a result
of an OWI related traffic accident.