Concept of Drinking and Driving, beer and car keys

Cedar Rapids, IA- Just a month after being convicted of animal cruelty charges, an Iowa City man had another run in law enforcement. This time for operating while intoxicated and drug possession.

Leo Nopolous, 21, was pulled over by police just after 1 a.m. Sunday night because one of his front headlights was out. During the stop, police noticed Nopolous smelled of alcohol and he was asked to participate in field sobriety tests, according to the Des Moines register.

A breathalyzer test showed that Nopolous’ blood alcohol content was 0.123 and upon intake police found a small bag of a white powdery substance in his wallet which Nopolous confirmed was cocaine. He admitted to police he has a substance abuse problem, according to the Register.

Nopolus grabbed headlines last fall after his roommate Nathan Schloss accused him of torturing his kitten Fritz.

The three hour torture session of the 9-week old kitten left him blind in one eye and caused him to lose the other. Nopolous’ roommate suspected something was happening to his cat while he was away so he set up his laptop camera and captured the abuse. Police said Nopolous threw the kitten against the ceiling, punched him and kicked him.

Nopolous pleaded guilty to aggravated animal abuse, a misdemeanor punishable by two years in jail.

In an OWI case, past criminal convictions, though unrelated can impact the penalties you face if convicted. A fist conviction for OWI in Iowa carries a penalty of 48 hours to one year in jail. With a prior criminal conviction you could receive the maximum jail sentence. Other penalties include fines of up to $1,200, suspension of your driver’s license for 180 days and, if your BAC is above .10, you will be required to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle.

With those possible penalties on the table it is crucial you retain an Iowa OWI attorney to work on your defense. They have numerous strategies they can take in your case so you may be able to avoid conviction.

Even if avoiding conviction is not possible, an Iowa attorney can negotiate for a plea bargain of reckless driving involving alcohol so that you don’t get hit with a severe sentence. If you have an alcohol or substance abuse problem, your counsel can help you get into a rehab program as part of your sentencing so you won’t face intoxicated driving charges in the future.

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