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Federal Criminal Defense Lawyers in Iowa City & Davenport

Experienced Defense Against Federal Crimes in Cedar Rapids, Quad City, Scott County & All of Eastern Iowa

Being charged with a federal crime can be an overwhelming experience that can have a permanent effect on your future, your freedom, and your reputation. Having an accomplished attorney on your side can have ensure your rights are protected throughout the legal process. Our Iowa City federal criminal defense lawyers at Keegan, Tindal & Jaeger has the skill and knowledge to provide clients with dedicated and thorough representation.


Reach out to our Iowa City federal criminal defense attorney today at (319) 499-5524 to arrange for your free case consultation.


What is a Federal Crime? 

A federal crime refers to an offense that violates United States federal laws, which are established by Congress and are applicable to the entire country. Federal crimes are investigated by federal law enforcement agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), or the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF).

Federal crimes cover a wide range of offenses, including but not limited to:

  • Crimes committed on federal property, such as federal land, national parks, federal financial institutions or banks, military installations, or other federal facilities.
  • Interstate crimes, which involve crossing state lines (e.g., drug trafficking, kidnapping, or human trafficking).
  • Crimes against federal agencies, their personnel, or their operations, such as assaulting a federal officer, hacking into a federal computer system, or fraud against a federal agency.
  • Financial crimes, also known as white collar crimes, such as money laundering, bank fraud, wire fraud, or tax evasion.
  • Cybercrimes, which are computer-related offenses, including hacking, identity theft, or distributing child pornography online.

Federal vs. State Crimes

The key difference between federal crimes and state crimes lies in the jurisdiction and scope of law enforcement. State crimes violate state laws within a state's jurisdiction. State law enforcement agencies, such as state police or local police departments, are responsible for investigating and prosecuting state-related crimes.

Federal offenses, on the other hand, are tried and heard in federal court and convictions can lead to sentencing in federal prison. They are generally more serious in nature and often the prosecution will have conducted an in-depth investigation against you. It is vital you have a skilled attorney on your side who can stand up for your side of the story at trial and build a solid defense against your charges.

Types of Federal Crimes

Our firm handles the following types of federal crimes in Iowa:

Why Choose Keegan, Tindal & Jaeger for Your Federal Case

At Keegan, Tindal & Jaeger, our team of experienced attorneys is dedicated to providing expert legal representation for a wide range of cases. Whether you are facing a personal injury, criminal defense, family law, or estate planning matter, our Iowa City law firm is here to help.

Our attorneys have a proven track record of success in the courtroom and are committed to fighting for the best possible outcome for our clients. We understand that navigating the legal system can be overwhelming, and we are here to guide you through every step of the process.

When you choose Keegan, Tindal & Jaeger, you can expect:

  • Personalized attention to your case
  • Clear and open communication
  • Thorough legal analysis and strategy
  • Aggressive advocacy on your behalf
  • Compassionate support during a challenging time

Don't face your legal challenges alone. Contact our Iowa City law firm today to schedule a consultation and learn how we can help with your case.

Contact Our Federal Crimes Lawyer in Iowa City Today

J. Dean Keegan, Andrea D. Jaeger, and Eric D. Tindal are adept lawyers who are committed to serving our clients with zealous representation. If you have been charged with a federal crime, do not hesitate to contact our Iowa City federal criminal defense lawyers at Keegan, Tindal & Jaeger. We can review the circumstances of your case and help you develop a thoughtful and aggressive defense strategy.

Defending Federal Criminal cases in:

Federal crimes can be prosecuted with greater fervor and may require a more in-depth level of defense. We are a results-driven firm that puts more than 50 years of combined experience to work for our clients. Each of our attorneys has extensive trial experience and can work to provide your case with the detailed legal defense it needs.


Give us a call now at (319) 499-5524 or contact us online to learn more about how our federal criminal defense attorneys in Iowa City can help you with your case. 


Commonly Asked Questions

How does a federal crime differ from a state crime in Iowa?

The main difference between federal and state crimes in Iowa lies in the jurisdiction that prosecutes the offenses. Federal crimes violate federal laws and are prosecuted in federal courts, often involving federal law enforcement agencies for investigation. State crimes, on the other hand, violate state laws and are handled by state or local law enforcement, with cases tried in state courts. Federal crimes generally carry more severe penalties and require a defense attorney experienced in federal court proceedings.

What constitutes a federal drug crime in Iowa?

In Iowa, a federal drug crime typically involves violations of United States federal laws related to controlled substances. These can include manufacturing, distribution, or trafficking of illegal drugs across state lines or national borders, as well as drug-related offenses on federal property. Federal agencies like the DEA are responsible for investigating these crimes, which are prosecuted in federal court and can result in federal prison sentences.

Successful Results for Our Clients

Protecting Your Freedom & Rights
  • 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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