OWI DUI & Criminal Law


Operating While Intoxicated (OWI, also sometimes called DWI, DUI or OUI) is one of the most commonly committed crimes in the United States. In Iowa, drunk driving is called OWI and in Nebraska, it is called DUI. A driver can be arrested if the person is under the influence of an alcoholic beverage and/or controlled substance or if the person BAC is over .08 or if the person has the presence of a controlled substance in his/her blood, breath or urine. Unfortunately, because this crime is so common, many people make the mistake of taking their OWI arrests lightly instead of seeking appropriate legal representation. If you’ve been charged with OWI in Western Iowa or Eastern Nebraska, your first step should be to discuss your charges with attorney Mark Rater.

Sometimes good people make mistakes. If you’re convicted of OWI, you could end up facing tough penalties such as jail time, loss of driving privileges, fines, or community service. Additionally, your insurance rates can be increased, and you may even be shut out of some job opportunities due to your conviction. A conviction could also have implications on your job.

With the stakes being so high, it’s a wise idea to enlist the help of an attorney who specializes in OWI cases. Rater Law Office can help you:

  • Understand your charges
  • Become aware of your rights under the law
  • Identify illegal police actions
  • Determine which defenses apply to your case

Whether this is your only OWI charge or your third, Rater Law Office can provide the support, advice, and representation you need to fight your OWI charge. Call today—your future depends on it!


Hiring the right criminal defense attorney is an important decision. You want an attorney to represent you who has previous experience dealing with the same charge you are currently facing. No matter what offense you are charged with, Mark Rater has likely represented someone in your shoes before and that previous experience will better help him represent you.

When you’re faced with criminal charges or an arrest, it’s only natural to feel scared and alone. If you’ve recently been charged with a crime, calm your fears and give yourself defense options by turning to the Law Office of Mark Rater, a criminal lawyer in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Mark is experienced with all types of criminal law cases, including:

  • Drug crimes
  • Violent crimes
  • Theft
  • White collar crimes
  • Juvenile crimes

Whether you’re facing a traffic infraction at the state level or have been arrested for a federal crime, Mark Rater is prepared to litigate your case.  During your legal proceedings, Mark will serve as your advocate and offer ongoing support. He will fight for you to receive a fair trial, challenge any evidence that is illegally obtained, and present the best defense possible on your behalf.  Additionally, the Law Office of Mark Rater will:

  • Carefully investigate your case to uncover evidence
  • Interview involved parties
  • Bring in witnesses, when appropriate, to testify on your behalf
  • Present you with defense options to help you combat your charges
  • Negotiate with prosecutors to have your charges or sentence reduced, if possible 

Contact us for a confidential and secure consultation.

Rater Law Office
221 S Main St, Council Bluffs, IA 51503
Phone: (712) 323-3266
Email: mark@raterlaw.com