Notable Cases Defended By Our Criminal Defense Attorneys

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 negotiated with the State and the charge was reduced to a Public Intoxication and was able to reinstate his license.

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 The OWI charge was dropped to a Public Intoxication and the client's license was rescinded.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.

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- 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- 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- 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 pseudoephedrine, 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.

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 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 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 whether 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.

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.

March 2014- OWI Dismissed

Johnson County OWCR102528

Officers arrested Attorney Dean Keegan's client after an accident because they believed 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 misdemeanor, and the license was rescinded.

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.

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.

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.

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- 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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