Iowa City & Davenport Assault Lawyers
Serving Cedar Rapids, Quad City & All of Eastern Iowa
At Keegan, Tindal & Jaeger, we aggressively defend people who have been falsely accused or are facing assault charges. Our Iowa City & Davenport assault attorneys have over 50 years of combined experience handling numerous misdemeanor and felony cases. You deserve to have your rights protected and your reputation persevered during this time, and we can help make sure that happens.
Facing charges for assault? Call (319) 499-5524 now or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with one of our skilled Iowa City assault attorneys.
What is Considered Assault?
An assault does not necessarily involve physical conduct between an alleged perpetrator and an alleged victim. An alleged perpetrator must first make an action or threat against the alleged victim that was meant to cause that alleged victim to experience fear. Next, the alleged victim must actually experience apprehension or fear as a result of the actor's conduct or threat.
For example, imagine a pair of friends arguing over a trivial matter. The argument may be heated and one of the friends may say in exasperation, "I am going to kill you!" The friend may not actually want to kill the other, may make no action to show that they want to follow through on their threat, and it is possible that the potential victim may not even perceive the comment as one of seriousness. Though a threat was made, it may not carry the intent of inflicting fear or harm against the other and therefore may not constitute a charge of assault.
Every case of assault should be reviewed by a assault defense attorney as different factual patterns may suggest different defense strategies. An assault conviction can impose significant penalties on an individual and should be taken seriously.
What are the Penalties for Assault?
Assault involves an act of violence or a threat of violence. Due to the physical and emotional impact that such actions can have upon others, judges take assault cases very seriously. Depending on the circumstances of your particular situation and whether or not you were carrying a weapon, the assault charges brought against you could be categorized as a misdemeanor or a felony.
Penalties for Assault:
- The maximum punishment for misdemeanor assault in Iowa is a fine of $8,540 and up to two years in prison.
- Class C Felony assaults can result in a mandatory prison sentence of up to 10 years and a fine of up to $13,660.
What is Considered Domestic Violence?
When assault occurs between family members, the offense is categorized as domestic violence. Those convicted of domestic violence are subject to harsher penalties.
Family and household members include:
- People who currently live together
- Individuals who lived together in the past
- Spouses who are divorced or separated
- People who have children together
- Individuals who have recently dated one another
What are the Penalties for Domestic Violence in Scott County?
Domestic abuse is punished according to the number of previous offenses and the seriousness of the assault. While first and second offenses are charged as misdemeanors, third and subsequent offenses are class D felonies and punishable by a fine of up to $10,245 and a mandatory term of imprisonment of up to five years.
In addition, most individuals convicted of domestic violence will be required to attend a treatment program. Importantly, any conviction of domestic assault no matter what level will result in a lifetime prohibition against possessing firearms.
Domestic Violence Defense Attorneys Near Cedar Rapids
If you are facing allegations of assault or domestic violence, you will want the right law firm on your side. Our Iowa City & Davenport assault lawyers are prepared to meet with you immediately and start developing a sound defense strategy.
Defending Domestic Violence Cases in:
- Cedar Rapids
- Quad City
- Scott County
- All of Eastern Iowa
For defense to assault charges in Iowa, call (319) 499-5524 now to speak with our Iowa City & Davenport domestic violence lawyers.
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Reduced to Public Intoxication OWI/DUI
OWCR012975 Iowa County: The defendant was seated in the driver's seat of her vehicle, in a ditch, when law enforcement came upon her. Her PBT was .180 and she subsequently refused to take the Datamaster. After identifying gaps in the State's prosecution, the State agreed to throw out her refusal and allow the defendant to plead to public intoxication.
Case Dismissed Federal Crimes
The defendant was charged with an immigration offense. Through substantial litigation, the defendant was released from jail. As a result of administrative proceedings, the Government was unable to bring the defendant to trial. The case was subsequently dismissed with prejudice on speedy trial grounds following counsel's motion to dismiss.
Southern District of Iowa 3:18-cr-00062.
Charge Dismissed Drug Crimes
Scott County case FECR409878, controlled substance violation. Charge dismissed after suppression of illegal search and evidence derived from said search, as well as suppression of evidence following prolonged detention of the Defendant without sufficient legal basis.
Acquitted of Multiple Forcible Felonies Federal Crimes
Client found not guilty of all charges, including Sex Abuse in the 2nd Degree and Burglary in the 1st Degree, following a week-long jury trial in Cedar County case FECR026469.
No Suspension of Driving Privileges OWI/DUI
Defendant was involved in an ATV accident in which injuries occurred. The defendant relied on his CDL for employment. He was taken to the hospital and law enforcement obtained a warrant for the defendant's blood. He was charged with an OWI. After significant negotiations, the defendant was able to plead to public intoxication with no suspension of his driving privileges.
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