Sometimes the Court will allow a person convicted of OWI to complete their mandatory 48 hours in jail by attending the Kirkwood OWI Weekend Program. When a deferred judgment is granted, the Court will often require this course as part of the probation. Either way, the OWI program is a great alternative to spending 48 hours in the county jail.
Not only will this program often fulfill the mandatory jail requirements for an OWI conviction, but it will satisfy the Iowa Department of Transportation requirements for a 12-hour class which is required to get your license back after a OWI conviction.
The program is a 48-hour lock-down class. It is offered at various dates at both the Heartland Inn in Coralville and the Country Inn and Suites in Cedar Rapids. The fee is (as of Jan 2008) $320.00 payable at the time of sign-up. Participants must arrive between 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on the Friday of the program, and will be locked-down from 6:00 p.m. on Friday until 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. Meals are provided.
Expect to spend about 28 hours of the weekend attending the required classes. The remainder of the time will be spent on meals, breaks and sleep.
Rooms are generally double-booked, sometimes triple, based on gender and smoking preference. No cell phones or outside communication is allowed. A breath test will be administered to the participants, and any positive readings will lead to removal from that weekend’s program and possible criminal charges.
Certainly, the weekend program is not a fun experience, but many people agree that it is a far better alternative than jail.