Iowa City Assault Lawyers
Serving Cedar Rapids, Davenport & All of Eastern Iowa
Strategic Defense against Domestic Violence Charges
At Keegan, Tindal & Mason, we aggressively defend people who have been falsely accused or are facing assault charges. Our Iowa City 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.
Understanding Assault in Cedar Rapids & Scott County
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. The maximum punishment for misdemeanor assault in Iowa is a fine of $6,250.00 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 $10,000.
Domestic Violence Defense Strategy
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
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 $7,400 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.
Contact Keegan, Tindal & Mason Today
If you are facing allegations of assault or domestic violence, you will want the right law firm on your side. Our Iowa City assault lawyers are prepared to meet with you immediately and start developing a sound defense strategy.
For quality services from experienced legal professionals, call (319) 499-5524 now.
Operating While Intoxicated Record Expunged
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.
Drug Charge Charge Dismissed
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.
Embezzlement 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.
Vehicular Homicide Charge Dismissed
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.
Vehicular Homicide Charge 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
OWI Charge 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.
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.
OWI Case Overturned
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.
Zero Tolerance Driver's License Revocation Zero Tolerance Driver's License Revocation Overt
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.
OWI 2nd Offense Charge 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.
He was professional, knowledgeable and prompt. He was very effective in his communication.- David
I am glad he was there to get my head out of the guillotine when I needed him and keep my record clean.- Ryan
Attentive and a Standup Guy- John
When you need an attorney, calling Dean Keegan, Attorney at Law, can be your first step toward taking back control of your situation and your life. Dean Keegan is the Founding Chair of the Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, Criminal Law Section. He has served on the Executive Board of the Iowa Association for Justice and is a member of the Nation College of DUI Defense and National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys.