Public Intoxication Attorneys in Iowa City
Serving Cedar Rapids, Davenport & all of Eastern Iowa
Public intoxication can happen to anyone – even responsible drinkers. If you have been accused of public intoxication in Iowa City, hiring a team of qualified criminal defense attorneys could result in the reduction or dismissal of your charges.
To learn more about our reliable legal services, contact (319) 499-5524 today. We serve clients throughout Cedar Rapids, Davenport and Scott County.
At Keegan, Tindal & Mason, we have over 50 years of combined legal experience successfully handling a wide variety of criminal cases. When it comes to public intoxication allegations, we have the knowledge and skills to craft a compelling case on your behalf.
Iowa Public Intoxication Charges & Their Penalties
Public intoxication laws exist to prevent individuals from disturbing others in public while being drunk or under the influence of drugs. Those found guilty are subject to paying fines and spending time in jail. The number of previous offenses determines the classifications and punishments for public intoxication.
The penalties for public intoxication in Iowa include:
- First offense: charged as a simple misdemeanor with a maximum fine of $625 and up to 30 days in jail
- Second offense: charged as a serious misdemeanor with a maximum fine of $1,875 and up to one year in jail
- Third and subsequent offenses: charged as an aggravated misdemeanor with a maximum fine of $6,250 and up to two years in prison
No matter how many previous offenses you have, a conviction can severely impact your work and personal life. A criminal defense law firm can advise you of your legal options for fighting against public intoxication charges in an attempt to avoid these consequences.
When You Are in Legal Trouble, We Are Here to Defend You
If you have been charged with a crime, do not attempt to go through the legal process alone. Reach out to the Iowa City public intoxication lawyers at Keegan, Tindal & Mason. We can provide you with the guidance and advocacy you need during this time.
Call (319) 499-5524 today to schedule a free consultation.
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.