Notable Casework

Notable Cases Defended by Criminal Defense Attorneys

July 2015- Operating While Intoxicated Reduced to Public Intoxication
Jones OWCR005947


Attorney Thomas Farnsworth's client received an Operating While Intoxicated, a serious misdemeanor. After reviewing the videos and plea negotiations with the State, Mr. Farnsworth filed a Motion in Limine and was able to throw out the breath test evidence. The OWI charge was reduced to a Public Intoxication and the client's license was rescinded. A Public Intoxication is a simple misdemeanor and may be expunged from his client's record in two years.

May 2015- Breath Test Evidence Removed
Johnson- OWCR106890


Attorney Dean Keegan's client received an Operating While Intoxicated, a serious misdemeanor. After reviewing the videos, Mr. Keegan filed a Motion to Suppress arguing the officer denied his client's right to make a phone call. The State declined to present testimony at the hearing and the Motion to Suppress was granted, making the client eligible for a deferred judgment. Mr. Keegan's client will have her record expunged and be able to obtain a license after 90 days instead of 180.

May 2015- Operating While Intoxicated 2nd (an aggravated misdemeanor) Reduced to Public Intoxication (a simple misdemeanor)
Linn OWCR110957

Attorney Dean Keegan's client received a charge of Operating While Intoxicated-2nd offense. After arguing his client's rights were violated when the arresting officer placed time constraints on his client's ability to make phone calls, Mr. Keegan was able to file a Motion in Liminie to get the breath test result of .101 thrown out and get the charge reduced to a Public Intoxication (a simple misdemeanor). Mr. Keegan's client's license was reinstated.

May 2015- Operating While Intoxicated 2nd offense (an aggravated misdemeanor) Reduced to Public Intoxication (a simple misdemeanor)
Muscatine OWCR052372


Attorney Dean Keegan's client received a charge of Operating While Intoxicated 2nd offense. Mr. Keegan was able to argue that the breath test was not offered within two hours of operation and filed a Motion in Liminie throwing out the test result. Mr. Keegan negociated with the State and the charge was reduced to a Public Intoxication and was able to reenstate his license.

May 2015- Breath Test Evidence Removed
Johnson- OWCR107300

Attorney Thomas Farnsworth's client received an Operating While Intoxicated, a serious misdemeanor. After reviewing the videos, Mr. Farnsworth filed a Motion in Limine and was able to throw out the breath test evidence. The client was eligible for a deferred judgment and her record will be expunged. She also received a license revocation for only 90 days instead of 180.

April 2015- Operating While Intoxicated Reduced to Public Intoxication
Johnson County OWCR107070

Attorney Dean Keegan's client received an Operating While Intoxicated, a serious misdemeanor. After reviewing the videos, Mr. Keegan filed a Motion in Limine and was able to throw out the breath test evidence. The OWI charge was dropped to a Public Intoxication and the client's license was rescinded. A Public Intoxication is a simple misdemeanor and may be expunged from his client's record in two years.

March 2015- Breath Test Refusal Removed
Linn OWCR110162

Attorney Thomas Farnsworth's client received a charge of Operating While Intoxicated after allegely refusing to provide a breath sample. Thomas filed a Motion in Liminie getting the breath test refusal removed, making his client eligible for a Deferred Judgment and expunging her record. His client was also able to reenstate her license in 90 days instead of waiting one year.

March 2015- Operating While Intoxicated Reduced to Public Intoxication
Johnson OWCR105392

Attorney Thomas Farnsworth's client received a charge of Operating While Intoxicated. After arguing his client's rights were violated when the arresting officer coerced his client into consenting to the Datamaster test and depriving him of his right to an independent test, Thomas was able to negogiated with the State and reduced the charge to a Public Intoxication. A Public Intoxication is a simple misdemenor which may be expunged after two years.

February 2015- Alleged Breath Test Refusal Thrown Out
Johnson OWCR105800

Attorney Dean Keegan's client received a charge of Operating While Intoxicated. Mr. Keegan argued his client was misinformed of the consequences if she refused a breath test. Mr. Keegan filed a Motion In Liminie throwing out the alleged breath test refusal, making his client eligible for a deferred judgment. Mr. Keegan's client was able to reinstate her license after 90 days instead of waiting 365 days.

February 2015- Operating While Intoxicated Reduced to Reckless Driving
Cedar OWCR023365

Attorney Dean Keegan's client received a charge of Operating While Intoxicated. After reviewing the videos, Mr. Keegan filed a Motion In Liminie, throwing out the alleged test refusal. Since the alleged test refusal was thrown out, Mr. Keegan was able to negotiate with the State and get the charge reduced to Reckless Driving and his client was able to reinstate his license.

December 2014- Assault on Peace Officers (Serious Misdemeanor)
Johnson SRCR105465

Attorney Thomas Farnsworth's client received a charge of Assault on Peace Officers. After negotiating with the State, Mr. Farnsworth was able to get the charge dismissed and his client pled to two related simple misdemeanors for a deferred judgment. After completing the terms of her deferred judgment, his client's record was expunged.

December 2014- Operating While Intoxicated 2nd Offense (Aggravated Misdemeanor) Reduced to Public Intoxication (Simple Misdemeanor)
Linn OWCR107663

Attorney Thomas Farnsworth's client received a charge of Operating While Intoxicated-2nd offense. After arguing that his client's 804.20 rights were not follow, Mr. Farnsworth was able to get the charge reduced to a Public Intoxication.

December 2014- Operating While Intoxicated Reduced to Public Intoxication
Johnson OWCR105462

Attorney Dean Keegan's client received a charge of Operating While Intoxicated. Mr. Keegan was able to file a Motion In Liminie getting rid of the breath test after arguing his client requested an independent test. The charge was reduced to a Public Intoxication and his client was able to reinstate his license.

November 2014-Unlawful Passing of School Bus Reduced

Johnson County NTA0138260

Attorney Thomas Farnsworth's client received an Unlawful Passing of School Bus ticket, a serious moving violation.  If fconvicted, his client could lose their license for 30 days. After negotiations with the State, Mr. Farnsworth reduced the charge to Failure to Obey Traffic Control Device and his client did not lose their license.

November 2014- OWI Reduced to Public Intoxication

Henry County OWIN014319

Attorney Dean Keegan's client was charged with an OWI .  After reviewing videos, Mr. Keegan filed a motion in limine and was able to throw out the breath test as evidence.  The OWI charges were reduced to public intoxication and his client's license was rescinded.

November 2014- Possession of Marjuana Dismissed

Linn County Possession of Controlled Substance and Possession of Paraphernalia

Attorney Thomas Farnsworth challenged the prosecution due to the State's failure to file charges in a timely manner as described by the Iowa Rules of Criminal Procedure.  All charges against his client were dismissed.

November 2014- OWI Reduced to Reckless Driving

Cedar County OWCR023239

Attorney Dean Keegan's client was originally charged with an OWI.  After filing a Motion in Limine, Mr. Keegan was able to through out the breath test as evidence.  The OWI charges were dropped to reckless driving and the client's license was rescinded.

November 2014- Possession of Marijuana Dismissed

Washington County SRIN01070

After plea negotiations, the State agreed to dismiss the possession charge (a serious misdemeanor) against Attorney Dean Keegan's client.

November 2014- OWI Dismissed

Linn County OWCR108050

Attorney Dean Keegan's client was charged with Operating While Intoxicated.  After reviewing videos, Mr. Keegan filed a motion to suppress, stating his client was never told the Datamaster results could be used against him in court.  In fact, the client was essentially informed the test results would not be used against him.  Mr. Keegan won the motion and the State dismissed the charges.  The client's license was reinstated.

October 2014 -Felony Drug Charges Dropped to Serious Misdemeanor

Washington County FECR006021

Attorney Dean Keegan's client was originally charged with possession of psudoephedrine, a felony.  After depositions with witnesses in the case, and reviewing video evidence, Mr. Keegan argued for reduced charges for his client.  The State agreed to lessen the charge to a serious misdemeanor with no jail time or probation.

October 2014- Felony Drug Charges Dismissed

Muscatine County FECR050038

Attorney Dean Keegan's client was charged with two counts of controlled substance violation, as well as two counts of failure to affix tax stamp.  After a year of court appearances and negotiating with the prosecutor, all  charges were dismissed with costs assessed to the State.

October 2014- Felony Drug Charges Reduced

Washington County FECR006069

Attorney Thomas Farnsworth's client was charged with two counts of felony drug violations.  After depositions with arresting officers and reviewing the videos in the case, Mr. Farnsworth was able to reduce the felony charges for his client.

September 2014- Carrying Weapons and Public Intox Dismissed

Linn County AGCR108044

Attorney Dean Keegan's client was charged with Carrying Weapons, Public Intoxication, and Disorderly Conduct.  After plea negotiations with the State, Mr. Keegan was successful in dismissing the Carrying Weapons and Public Intoxication charges.

September 2014- OWI Reduced to Public Intoxication

Johnson County OWCR103069

Attorney Dean Keegan's client was originally charged with an OWI.  After the arresting officer failed to show up for hearings, Mr. Keegan argued there wasn't enough evidence to charge his client with an OWI, and the State reduced the charge to a public intox and rescinded the defendant's license.

August 2014- OWI 3rd Offense Reduced to OWI 2nd Offense

Johnson County OWCR102893

Attorney Thomas Farnsworth's client was charged with an OWI 3rd offense (felony).  After plea negotiations with the State, Mr. Farnsworth had the charges reduced to OWI 2nd offense, and his client avoided felony charges.

August 2014-OWI Dismissed

Johnson County OWCR104012

Attorney Dean Keegan's client was charged with an OWI, and after negotiations with the State, he was successful in dismissing the charge.

August 2014-OWI to Public Intoxication

Johnson County OWCR104330

Attorney Dean Keegan's client was originally charged with an OWI.  Mr. Keegan file a Motion in Liminie and the breath test was thrown out of evidence, resulting in his client's charges dropped to a public intoxication and their license reinstated.

August 2014- OWI 3rd Offense Reduced to OWI 2nd Offense

Johnson County OWCR102893

Attorney Thomas Farnsworth's client was charged with an OWI 3rd Offense, a felony.  After negotiations with the State, Mr. Farnsworth was able to reduce the charge to an OWI 2nd Offense, and his client avoided felony charges.

August 2014-Class C Felony dropped to Aggravated Misdemeanor

Johnson County SRCR103462

Attorney Thomas Farnsworth's client was charged with a Unlawful Use of Prescription Drugs, a Class C Felony.  After negotiations with the State, Mr. Farsworth was able to reduce the charge to Tampering with Records, an aggravated misedemeanor.  His client received a deferred judgment with no jail time.

August 2014-OWI 2nd Reduced to Public Intoxication

Linn County OWCR107464

Attorney Dean Keegan filed a motion to suppress, arguing the arresting officer improperly deemed the defendant to have refused the breath test without giving her a meaningful opportunity to make a decision about wheter or not to provide a breath sample.  As a result, the breath test refusal was thrown out, and Mr. Keegan's client's charges were dropped from an OWI 2nd Offense to a Public Intoxication, and the driver's license was reinstated.

July 2014- OWI and Unlawful Possession of Prescription Drugs Reduced to Reckless Driving

Linn County OWCR106599

Attorney Thomas Farnsworth's client was charged with an OWI and Possession of Prescription Drugs.  After negotiations with the State, Mr. Farnsworth was able to reduce the charges to Reckless Driving and save his client' professional license.

July 2014- OWI Reduced to Public Intoxication

Johnson County OWCR103215

Attorney Thomas Farnsworth's client was originally charged with an OWI.  After interviewing the arresting officer during the DOT hearing, Mr. Farnsworth noted the officer testified his client was close to the legal limit, but may not be over.  The State agreed to drop the OWI charge to a Public Intox (a simple misdemeanor).

June 2014- One Year Suspension of License Overturned

DOT 14DOTOSV0022

Attorney Thomas Farnsworth's client was facing a one year suspension of license due to a failure to obey traffic control device which contributed to a fatal motor vehicle accident.  Mr. Farnsworth filed an appeal with the DOT and argued his client's driving privileges should not be suspended because the death was not a result of the accident .  Mr. Farsworth won the hearing and his client's license was reinstated.

June 2014- OWI Reduced to Public Intoxication

Linn County OWCR1055

Attorney Dean Keegan won a suppression hearing, arguing his client was misled about his out of state driver's license.  The State agreed to drop the OWI charge to a public intoxication (a simple misdemeanor).  Mr. Keegan's client's license was rescinded.

May 2014- Evidence from Breath Test Removed

Linn County OWCR105927

Attorney Thomas Farnsworth filed a motion to suppress, arguing his client received improper advice of rights from police officer.  As a result, the evidence of the breath test was thrown out, and Mr. Farsworth's client was eligible for a deferred judgment and a chance to have license rescinded.

May 2014- OWI Reduced to a Public Intoxication

Benton County OWCR012438

During the initial consult, Attorney Thomas Farnsworth identified a gap between the operation of vehicle and his client's contact with law enforcement.  The defendant consumed alchohol during this time, which raised questions as to whether or not the defendant was intoxicated while operating the motor vehicle.  Reducing the charge to a public intoxication will allow Mr. Farnsworth's client to expunge his criminal record after two years if the defendant doesn't have any new law violations. Additionally, should the defendant be in this position again, the State may only charge him with a first offense OWI, not a second.

April 2014- OWI Third Offense Reduced

Johnson County OWCR102196

Attorney Thomas Farnsworth's client was arrested for multiple charges after being pulled over for an OWI 3rd offense.  Mr. Farnsworth was able to negotiate a reduced sentence to an OWI 2nd offense and avoid prison time.  Along with the negotiation, Mr. Farnsworth dismissed his client's charges of driving while revoked (a serious misdemeanor), interference with official acts (a simple misdemeanor), and public intoxication (a simple misdemeanor).

April 2014- OWI Reduced to a Public Intoxication

Johnson County OWCR102996

Attorney Thomas Farnsworth's client was charged with an OWI.  After reviewing videos of the arrest, Mr. Farnsworth was able to reduce his client's charge from OWI to Public Intoxication (a simple misdemeanor).

April 2014- Possession of Controlled Substance Reduced to Gathering Charges

Linn County SRCR105565

Attorney Thomas Farnsworth's client was charged with possession of a schedule I controlled substance.  If convicted, Mr. Farnsworth's client could face a 180 day loss of license, possible federal student aid disqualification, as well as disqualification for government sponsored housing.  Attorney Farnsworth argued for a deferred judgment, which the court granted and his client will avoid a criminal conviction if successful on probation.

March 2014- OWI Dismissed

Johnson County OWCR102528

Officers arrested Attorney Dean Keegan's client after an accident because they believed the the defendant was under the influence of drugs.  After Mr. Keegan presented evidence in the case, the court dismissed all charges at the cost of the State, and his client's license was rescinded.

March 2014- OWI Second Offense Reduced to Public Intoxication

Johnson County OWCR102862

Attorney Dean Keegan's client was charged with an OWI 2nd Offense.  After reviewing videos of the arrest, Mr. Keegan argued the information provided by the officer after the breath test was inaccurate and misleading.  The State agreed to throw out the breath test result, and Mr. Keegan's client's charges were reduced to a public intoxication (simple misdeameanor, and the license was rescinded.

March 2014- OWI Dismissed

Johnson County OWCR102626

Attorney Tom Farnsworth's client was charged with an OWI with a BAC of .093.  After negotiations with the State, Mr. Farnsworth was able to dismiss the OWI charge against his client.

February 2014- OWI Third Offense (Felony) Dismissed

Linn County OWCR104143

Attorney Dean Keegan's client was charged with a felony 3rd offense OWI.  Mr. Keegan argued the officer did not have reasonable grounds to pull over his client.  The charges were dropped from a felony to a ticket fine of $15.00 for being in a park past closing time.

January 2014- OWI Dismissed

Muscatine County OWCR049710

Attorney Dean Keegan's client was charged with an OWI after a BAC of .085.  Mr. Keegan was able to dismiss all charges against his client.

December 2013- OWI Third Offense Reduced

Muscatine County OWCR048644

Attorney Dean Keegan's client was originally charged with an OWI 3rd Offense (a felony).  Mr. Keegan won the motion to suppress, arguing his client requested to speak with a family member and the request was not honored.  The State agreed to drop the charge of the felony to an OWI 2nd Offense.

August 2013 - OWI Dismissed

Johnson County OWCR099614

Attorney Dean Keegan's client was charged with an OWI. After reviewing evidence, Mr. Keegan filed a motion to suppress, arguing the stop of his client was not reasonable. The court agreed, and dropped all charges at the cost of the State.

August 2013-OWI Dismissed

Johnson County OWCR100371

Attorney Thomas Farnsworth's client was arrested for OWI. After reviewing videos of the arrest, Mr. Farnsworth filed a motion to suppress, arguing his client was misled on how the breath test would be used in court. Mr. Farnsworth won the suppression hearing and the State dismissed the OWI charge.

July 2013- OWI Third Offense Reduced

Linn County OWCR095038

Attorney Dean Keegan's client was originally charged with OWI Third Offense (a felony) and Driving While Barred. The State asked for a five year prison sentence. Mr. Keegan aggressively defended the case for nearly two years, and it was settled with a reduction to a second offense OWI for 60 days in jail.

June 2013- OWI Reduced to Public Intoxication

Johnson County OWCR100756

Attorney Dean Keegan's client was charged with an OWI. After reviewing videos of the arrest, Mr. Keegan argued the procedural requirements for obtaining and testing a breath sample were not followed. The defendant's charges were reduced to a public intoxication, a simple misdemeanor, and his license was rescinded.

June 2013- OWI Second Offense Reduced

Linn County OWCR101458

Attorney Tom Farnsworth argued the information provided after the State's requested breath test was inaccurate and misleading. The State agreed to reduce the charge to a OWI First Offense, resulting in the defendant's jail time being reduced from seven days to four days (two of which were served in a 48 hour Weekend Program).

May 2013- OWI Amended to Public Intoxication

Linn County OWCR101480

Attorney Tom Farnsworth argued the information provided after the State's requested breath test was inaccurate and misleading. State agreed to limine (throw out) the breath test result and Mr. Farnsworth's client was charged with public intoxication, a simple misdemeanor.

April 2013- OWI reduced to Public Intoxication

Johnson County OWCR100536

Attorney Dean Keegan's client was charged with OWI after a BAC of 0.085. Mr. Keegan was able to reduce the charge to a Public Intoxication, a simple misdemeanor.

April 2013- Illegal Passing of a School Bus

North Liberty

Attorney Tom Farnsworth's client was charged with illegally passing a school bus, which carries a sentence of up to 30 days in jail, 30 day loss of license, and a two year requirement of high risk insurance (SR22). Mr. Farnsworth negotiated an amended charge, which eliminated jail time, loss of license, as well as high risk insurance.

March 2013- Public Intoxication Third Offense

Johnson County AGCR099590

Attorney Tom Farnsworth's client was arrested for Public Intoxication Third Offense, which carries up to a two year prison sentence. Mr. Farnsworth successfully expunged his client's prior public intoxication charges. When the case came before the judge, Mr. Farnsworth requested the defendant receive a fine and no jail time. The judge agreed, and the defendant received a $100.00 fine.

February 2013- Illegal Hunting

Washington County STA0020346

Defendant was charged with ten illegal hunting offenses. The charge carried a $25,000.00 worth of fines and civil penalties. Attorney Tom Farnsworth negotiated dismissals of nine out of ten offenses and secure and minimum civil penalty of $5000.00.

February 2013- Dismissal of Felony

Washington County FECR005885

Defendant was charged with Operating While Intoxicated and Posssession of a Firearm as a Felon. The State sought a felony prison sentence. Attorney Tom Farnsworth challenged the legality of the search of defendant's vehicle under the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and Article 1, Section 8, of the Iowa Constitution. The Court agreed with Mr. Farnsworth and ruled the defendant's vehicle was illegally searched. The State was forced to dismiss the felony.

January 2013- OWI Amended to Public Intox

Johnson County OWCR0968612

Attorney Dean Keegan's client was approached by officers at a gas station and questioned. Mr. Keegan challenged the stop, arguing the stop was not reasonable, as there were no facts to justify the officer's suspicion of criminal activity. The court agreed and suppressed the stop. The OWI charge was amended to Public Intox and the client's license was rescinded.

January 2013- OWI Amended to Reckless Driving

Cedar County OWCR022412

Attorney Dean Keegan's client was stopped for a seatbelt violation and became subject to an OWI investigation. The client was transported to jail for further testing. At the jail, Attorney Keegan's client asked for a blood test and the officer denied it. Attorney Keegan argued his client has a right to independent testing and that request was denied. The court suppressed evidence of the breathalyzer test and the OWI charge was amended to reckless driving and Attorney Keegan's client's license was rescinded.

September 2012 - OWI Dismissed

Cedar County OWCR022225

Attorney Dean Keegan's client was charged with an OWI. After reviewing videos of the officer pulling his client over, Attorney Keegan argued the deputy did not have enough reason to pull over his client. The court agreed and dismissed all charges at the cost of the State. Attorney Keegan's client's license revocation was rescinded.

2012 - OWI Reduced to Public Intoxication Charge

Henry County OWIN013416

Attorney Dean Keegan was able to reduce the OWI charge to a Public Intox and his client's license was rescinded.

2012 - Unauthorized Possession of Prescription Pills Dismissed

Johnson County SRCR097951

Attorney Tom Farnsworth's client was charged with Public Intoxication and Unauthorized Possession of Prescription Pain Pills, a serious misdemeanor. At the time of the final pretrial conference, Attorney Farnsworth was able to dismiss the possession of prescription pain pills and his client was only charged with public intoxication, a simple misdemeanor.

2012 - Driver's License Revocation Rescinded

Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals No. 12DOTOW1594

Attorney Tom Farnsworth appealed the decision of Administrative Law Judge, arguing his client requested to meet with an attorney or family member and the officer did not permit such a meeting. Attorney Farnsworth won the appeal and his client's license revocation was rescinded.

2012 - Driver's License Revocation Rescinded

Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals No. 12DOTO0409

Attorney Tom Farnsworth's client had his Iowa license suspended due to test failure in Illinois. Attorney Farnsworth appealed, and his client's license was rescinded.

2012 - OWI and Possession of Controlled Substance Reduced to Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Johnson County OWCR095863

Attorney Dean Keegan's client was charged with OWI and Possession of a Controlled Substance after being pulled over coming out of a rest area. Attorney Keegan argued his client was stopped without reasonable grounds, and after negotiations the client's charges were dismissed and reduced to possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor.

2012 - OWI 2nd Reduced to a Public Inoxication Charge

Johnson County OWCR094803

Attorney Thomas Farnsworth's client had a BAC of .085 and was charged with an OWI 2nd offense. Attorney Farnsworth was able to reduce the charge to Public Inoxication, a simple misdemeanor.

2012 - OWI Dismissed

Johnson County OWCR094158

Attorney Thomas Farnsworth's client was found not guilty by a jury in Johnson County for operating while intoxicated, first offense. The police officer stopped the driver for an unlatched trunk. An OWI/DUI investigation quickly ensued. The officer administered "three standardized field sobriety tests." The officer concluded at the end of the three tests the driver was intoxicated, and offered the defendant a preliminary breath test which the driver refused. The driver was arrested on the scores of the sobriety tests and the breath test refusal. He believed he performed the test properly and the arrest was unwarranted. The defendant didn't trust the accuracy of the Datamaster DMT machine and refused to provide a breath sample. The State wanted a conviction to OWI, first offense and two days in jail, and the defendant wanted to clear his name. Mr. Farnsworth took the case to trial, and after two days jurors found his client not guilty and costs of the action were assessed to the State.

August 2012 - Theft in the Fifth Degree Dismissed

Johnson County SMSM090229

Attorney Thomas Farnsworth's client was charged with fifth degree theft. Prosecution dismissed charges at time of trial.

August 2012 - Possession of Marijuana Dismissed

Johnson County SRC097630

After plea negotiations, the prosecutor agreed to dismiss possession of marijuana charge against Attorney Thomas Farnsworth's client.

July 2012 - OWI Dismissed

Muscatine County OWCR045474

Attorney Dean Keegan's client was arrested for OWI and taken to the police station. During the breath test, the officer led the defendant to believe the test wouldn't be used against him in criminal proceedings. Attorney Keegan argued the officer's misleading statements rendered the defendant's consent as invalid, involuntary, and coerced. The court agreed that the officer's statements made the defendant believe a sample of breath would not be used against him in court and dismissed the charges.

July 2012 - Felony Drug Offense Reduced

Johnson County FECR076675

Defendant was initially charged with Conspiracy to Deliver a Schedule II Substance (Cocaine) and Drug Tax Stamp Violation. Attorney Dean Keegan argued that the Statute of Limitations had expired and requested independent testing of the substance seized during arrest. The State couldn't provide necessary evidence because it was destroyed on the belief that there were no further charges pending. The Court dismissed the felony charges and the Defendant was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor.

July 2012 - OWI Amended to Public Intoxication

Johnson County OWCR098105

After negotiations with the prosecutor, Attorney Dean Keegan was able to amend the charge of OWI to Public Intoxication based on examination of the Trial Information and the Minutes of Testimony. The revocation of the client's license was rescinded.

May 2012 - Driver's License Revocation Rescinded

Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals No. 12DOTOW0749

Attorney Keegan's client was pulled over for a registration violation. He was transported to the police station where he was asked to take field sobriety tests, which the client refused. Mr. Keegan successfully argued that even though his client refused field sobriety tests, he was never requested to submit to take a breath test. Therefore, the officer was not legally authorized to seek withdrawal of the client's bodily substances. The Administrative Law Judge agreed and rescinded the license revocation.

May 2012 - Driver's License Revocation Rescinded

Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals No. 12DOTOW0647

Attorney Keegan's client was arrested for Operating While Intoxicated and transported to the police station. At the station the client requested a telephone call and was denied. Mr. Keegan successfully argued that the refusal of the client making a phone call prior to submitting a breath test was a violation of his client's rights, and the revocation of license was rescinded.

March 2012 - OWI Dismissed

Johnson County No. OWCR096701

Attorney Keegan challenged the prosecution due to the State's failure to file charges in a timely manner as described by the Iowa Rules of Criminal Procedure. The charges against the client were dismissed.

March 2012 - OWI 3rd Offense Dismissed after Unwarranted Search and Seizure

Johnson County No. OWCR095905

Attorney Keegan's client was approached by an officer after leaving his car and getting into a cab. Keegan filed a motion to suppress, arguing that the officer's actions were an unwarranted search of his client, and the stop was without reasonable grounds. The prosecutor agreed to dismiss the case without holding the hearing, citing the evidentiary problems raised in the defendant's motion to suppress.

January 2012 - Driver's License Revocation for OWI Overturned

Iowa Dept. of Inspections and Appeals no. 11DOTO3145

Attorney Farnsworth's client in this matter was stopped for speeding and the officer arrested him for Operating While Intoxicated. He was transported to the police station and was then asked to take a breath test. Only after the sample of breath was given was Mr. Farnsworth's client read the implied consent form. Mr. Farnsworth argued that since consent was not given until after his client has already give a breath sample for testing, he could not have made a reasoned and informed decision regarding the test. The Administrative Law Judge agreed and rescinded the license revocation.

January 2012 - Drug Offenses Dismissed
Johnson County FECR092808, Iowa City, Iowa

Defendant was initially charged with Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphanelia. The charges stemmed from a search warrant executed on the Defendant's apartment. At the time the warrant was served the Defendant was not home. The Defendant and his roommate were charged with the exact same offenses. Attorney Thomas Farnsworth discovered information which resulted in the State dismissing all charges.

January 2012 - Felony drug offense reduced and other offenses dismissed
Johnson County FECR092808, Iowa City, Iowa

Defendant was initially charged with Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Deliver (a felony), Keeping a drug house (aggravated misdemeanor), Possession of Controlled Substance-Psilocybin Mushrooms (serious misdemeanor), Possession of a Controlled Substance-Marijuana (a serious misdemeanor). Days prior to trial Attorney Thomas Farnsworth was able to negotiate a reduction of Possession with Intent to Deliver to an Accommodation Offense (serious misdemeanor). Additionally, Attorney Farnsworth negotiated the dismissal of all other charges.

December, 2011 - OWI amended to Public Intoxication
Linn County No. OWCR094867- Mount Vernon, Iowa

Attorney Thomas Farnsworth's client in this matter was given misleading information about a work permit/temporary drivers license consequences of taking or refusing an alcohol test after his arrest for Operating While Intoxicated. During negotiations with the prosecutor, Mr. Farnsworth cited a recent Iowa case with similar circumstances in which the court rendered an alcohol test inadmissible. The prosecutor agreed to amended the offense to a Public Intoxication as a result of these negotiations.

November, 2011 - Alleged test refusal suppressed and OWI amended to simple misdemeanor offense
Jones County No. OWCR005135 - Anamosa, Iowa

The Defendant in this matter was charged with Operating While Intoxicated after being involved in a motor vehicle accident. Officers at the scene of the accident asked the Defendant to submit to a chemical alcohol test and the State alleged that the Defendant refused to provide one. Attorney Thomas Farnsworth, in negotiations with the prosecuting attorney, argued that the Defendant, due to his injuries, was not capable of consenting or refusing. Furthermore, a test of the Defendant's blood drawn at the hospital revealed that the Defendant's blood alcohol level was under .08 within two hours of driving and Attorney Farnsworth argued that this evidence should be admissible. The prosecuting attorney agreed to suppress the allegation that the Defendant refused an alcohol test and agreed to allow the Defendant to enter a plea to a Public Intoxication, an offense on par with a minor traffic offense. Attorney Farnsworth was able to overturn the proposed one year revocation of the Defendant's driver's license.

September 2011 - Case Dismissed after Stop of Defendant's Vehicle Suppressed
Johnson County No. OWCR093082- Iowa City, Iowa

Attorney Keegan's client was stopped by a patrol officer for a malfunctioning plate light and then arrested for Operating While Intoxicated. Mr. Keegan argued that the broken light was not in itself cause to stop his client's vehicle. In addition, he provided videotape evidence from the patrol car that did not support the officer's testimony about where she was when she made her observations about the license plate light. After the stop of the vehicle was thrown out, the case was dismissed.

October 2010 - OWI Stop Rendered Inadmissible
Linn County No. OWCR87943 - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Attorney Keegan's client was stopped for swerving within her own lane. Mr. Keegan challenged the stop of the vehicle arguing that the officer did not have reasonable suspicion or probable cause to stop her vehicle. The Court agreed and suppressed the stop of the vehicle and any evidence obtained during the traffic stop.

September 2010 - OWI dismissed
Johnson County No. OWCR090631 - Coralville, Iowa

After Attorney Keegan deposed the State's witnesses in this case, the State agreed to dismiss the charges for lack of evidence that Mr. Keegan's client was intoxicated.

August 2010, OWI Second Offense dismissed
Johnson County No. OWCR090087- Iowa City, Iowa

Attorney Keegan's client was charged with an OWI 2 nd offense. The offense used to enhance to a second offense occurred 11 years prior. Mr. Keegan alleged the stop of his client's vehicle was illegally made through a motion to suppress. At the time of the hearing, the prosecutor reviewed the video with Mr. Keegan and agreed to dismiss the offense.

August 2010, OWI blood test rendered inadmissible
Johnson County No. OWCR090017 - Iowa City, Iowa

The State agreed to stipulate that the blood test result taken from Attorney Keegan's client was inadmissible after Mr. Keegan demonstrated that the test did not meet the statutory requirements for a blood draw under Iowa's implied consent statute.

August 2010, Assault Causing Bodily Injury dismissed
Johnson County No. SRCR090530 - Iowa City, Iowa

Attorney Farnsworth challenged the prosecution of this case citing to the State's failure to file the charges against his client in a timely manner as described by the Iowa Rules of Criminal Procedure. The charges against his client were dismissed.

August 2010, overturned license revocation for OWI
Iowa Dept. of Inspection and Appeals Docket No.10DOTOW1472 - Iowa City, Iowa

Attorney Farnsworth successfully challenged a one year revocation of his client's driver's license based on an alleged refusal to submit a urine sample. Mr. Farnsworth successfully argued that the officer's refusal to allow his client to speak with a family member waiting at the station prior to the test constituted a violation of his client's rights and the revocation was rescinded.

May 2010, Driving While Revoked amended to No Valid Driver's License
Iowa County No. SRCR009996 - Marengo, Iowa

Attorney Keegan's client was charged with Driving While Revoked while operating a riding lawn mower. Mr. Keegan argued that the stop had clearly been outside the intent of Iowa's OWI law (Iowa Code Section 321J.2). After negotiations involving the Iowa County Attorney and the Iowa County Sheriff the State agreed to amend the offense to No Valid Driver's License, a simple misdemeanor traffic offense which, importantly, will trigger no additional driver's license sanctions for the Defendant.

May 2010, Operating While Intoxicated reduced to Public Intoxication
Johnson County No. OWCR086053 - Iowa City, Iowa

Attorney Farnsworth's client, charged with Operating While Intoxicated, was prepared to take his case to trial. Mr. Farnsworth had called an expert witness to trial to testify. On the Friday prior to trial, the State offered to settle the case for a plea to the simple misdemeanor offense of Public Intoxication.

February 2010, stop rendered inadmissible, First Offense OWI
Johnson County No.OWCR086105-Iowa City, Iowa

Attorney Keegan's client was stopped for striking the curb and weaving in his lane. Mr. Keegan challenged the stop of the vehicle and submitted the squad car video into evidence. The Court, after reviewing the video in this matter, suppressed the stop of the vehicle and any evidence that flowed from that stop.

January 2010, Third Offense (felony) OWI and Driving While Revoked - Dismissed
Johnson County Case No. OWCR086568 - Iowa City, Iowa

Attorney Keegan successfully challenged the stop of his client's vehicle and as a result a felony OWI and Driving While Revoked were dismissed.

September 2009, Third Offense (felony) OWI Acquittal
Johnson County No. OWCR083868- Iowa City, Iowa

Attorney Dean Keegan's client was acquitted after a jury trial in which Mr. Keegan called an expert witness who, after analyzing the audio of the squad car video, showed that the Defendant's car was not running when he was approached by the officers. The jury acquitted the Defendant.

April 2009, Second Offense OWI Dismissed
Muscatine County No. OWCR040280 - Muscatine, Iowa

After Attorney Dean Keegan scheduled the deposition of the State's expert witness in this case, he learned that the breath test was inappropriately administered by the arresting officer. The State dismissed the offense outright and agreed that the breath test result should be inadmissible so the Defendant would not face the proposed one year administrative revocation of her driver's license.

March 2009, OWI Driver's License Revocation Overturned
Iowa Dept. of Inspection and Appeals Docket No. 08DOTOW4036

Attorney Dean Keegan's client faced a year long administrative revocation for OWI test failure. He successfully challenged the revocation on the basis that the officer failed to offer the test to his client within the two hour requirement.

March 2009, Zero Tolerance Driver's License Revocation Overturned
Iowa Dept. of Inspection and Appeals Docket No. 08DOTOW3937

Attorney J. Dean Keegan successfully challenged a "Zero Tolerance" license revocation on the basis that the officer had failed to allow the driver to contact a family member or attorney for legal advice before submitting to the test.

January 2009, Vehicular Homicide Dismissed
Muscatine County No. FECR03718 - Muscatine,Iowa

If convicted of the vehicular homicide while intoxicated, as alleged in this case, the Defendant would have faced the possibility of a 25 year prison sentence, 17 years of which would have to be served before he would be eligible for parole. Following the depositions of the investigating officer and consultation with an accident reconstruction expert, Attorneys J. Dean Keegan and Jerry Kinnamon negotiated the dismissal of Vehicular Homicide as part of a plea in which the Defendant entered a plea to the lesser offenses of Driving While Revoked and Leaving the Scene of a Fatality Accident. The Defendant was ultimately sentenced to serve six months in jail with work release and a three year probationary period.

January 2009, OWI Dismissed
Johnson County No. OWCR083001 - Iowa City, Iowa

Attorney J. Dean Keegan alleged that the Defendant's rights to contact a lawyer or family member may have been violated after his arrest. He requested video of the breath test from the arresting officer to support his allegation. When the officer failed to produce the video evidence in response written requests, a subpoena, and a Motion to Compel, the State conceded the issue and dismissed the offense.

December 2008, Third Offense OWI (felony) Reduced to Simple Misdemeanor and License Revocation Overturned
Johnson County No. OWCR084261 - Iowa City, Iowa
Iowa Dept. of Inspection and Appeals Docket No. 08DOTOW2471

The Defendant in this case was approached by officers while in his car. The radio was on but the engine was not running. Attorney Thomas D. S. Farnsworth challenged the OWI on the basis that the Defendant was not operating the vehicle. He negotiated an agreement in which Defendant entered a plea to a simple misdemeanor, Public Intoxication. Using the same argument, the two year administrative driver's license revocation for OWI test refusal was overturned and the Defendant was not subject to a driver's license revocation of any kind in connection with this case.

May 2008, Assault Causing Bodily Injury Dismissed
Johnson County No. SRCR 080565- Iowa City, Iowa

The Defendant in this case was charged with assault causing bodily injury. The charged stemmed from a typical "she said/he said" situation. Thomas D.S. Farnsworth successfully impugned the credibility of the State's witness and also located additional witness which the State could not produce. The State dismissed and stating "The Defense located a witness who was present during the time of the alleged assault... The State acknowledges that her testimony could create reasonable doubt as to the guilt of the defendant."

April 2008, Illegal Hunting
Louisa County, No SMSM031446-8- Wapello, Iowa

Acquittal at jury trial of a defendant accused hunting with an illegal high powered rifle, hunting without a license, and hunting without deer tags. The acquittal resulted in the return of all of the property seized from the Defendant. Tried by Attorney Thomas D. S. Farnsworth

April 2008, OWI, Acquittal at Jury Trial
Johnson County No. OWCR080952 - Iowa City, Iowa

Acquittal at jury trial of a defendant accused of Operating While Intoxicated who refused a breath alcohol test. Tried by Attorney Thomas D. S. Farnsworth.

April 2008, Felony Criminal Mischief amended to Simple Misdemeanor Trespass
Poweshiek County No. FECR 009832 - Montezuma, Iowa

Attorney Thomas D.S. Farnsworth successfully negotiated a felony criminal mischief charge which carried a maximum term of incarceration of five years down to a simple misdemeanor trespass charge, the same level of offense as a routine traffic citation. The State alleged that Defendant operated a motor vehicle after a night of drinking that caused nearly $2500.00 in property damage. At the conclusion of depositions Thomas D.S. Farnsworth demonstrated to the State that their witness was too intoxicated to identify his client as the driver.

November 2007, OWI Dismissed
Johnson County No. OWCR079580- Iowa City, Iowa

Attorney Thomas D.S. Farnsworth filed a motion to suppress the probable grounds of the stop of defendant's vehicle. The State argued that the police had probable grounds to stop the Defendant's vehicle because his headlights were off. Attorney Thomas D.S. Farnsworth discovered through the officer's squad car video that the lights were indeed on. Attorney Thomas D.S. Farnsworth hired an expert who provided testimony in favor of the Defendant. The case was dismissed despite Defendants blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .097.

October 2007, OWI, Acquittal at Jury Trial
Johnson County No. OWCR077717- Iowa City, Iowa

Acquittal at jury trial of a defendant accused of Operating While Intoxicated who refused a breath alcohol test. Tried by Attorney J, Dean Keegan.

March 2003, OWI, Challenged the Use of the Datamaster Breath Testing Device in Iowa
State v. Hornik, Segura, et. al.
Iowa City, Johnson County, Iowa

When the state of Iowa established that the Datamaster breath testing machine could be used to test subjects being investigated for OWI, it failed to establish a protocol for its proper use. Attorney J. Dean Keegan, in conjunction with the Johnson County Public Defender's Office, mounted a challenge to the use of the machine based on the lack of uniform instructions for its operation. A ruling issued by the Johnson County District Court in response to the Motion to Suppress filed by Attorney Keegan and the Public Defender rendered any breath test result from the Datamaster machine instrument inadmissible as evidence. Even though ultimately overturned by the Iowa Supreme Court, this ruling led criminal defense attorneys across the State of Iowa to mount challenges to the legitimacy of breath tests in OWI cases and forced the state of Iowa to adopt an emergency rule to ensure that officers were using the instrument correctly and uniformly.

February 2003, Embezzlement Investigation Results in No Criminal Charges Filed
Cedar Rapids, Linn County, Iowa

An employee of a Cedar Rapids business accused of embezzling six million dollars was not charged criminally after the County Attorney agreed to abide by an agreement negotiated by Attorneys J. Dean Keegan and Jerald Kinnamon in which the accused would pay two million dollars to the company.

December 2002, Vehicular Homicide- Suppression of Blood Sample Drawn Without the Defendant's Consent
Johnson County No. FECR058630- Iowa City, Iowa

Attorneys J. Dean Keegan and Jerald W. Kinnamon successfully challenged the withdrawal of blood from a Defendant without his permission after a rollover accident in which a passenger in the vehicle was killed.

April 1996, OWI, Drug-Related - Challenged DRE Protocols
Johnson County No. OWCR039210, Iowa City,Iowa

Attorney J. Dean Keegan conducted a three-day long suppression hearing which presented the first challenge to the "Drug Recognition Protocols" used in Iowa.

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