Iowa City Drug Crimes Attorney
50+ Years' Shared Legal Experience in Cedar Rapids, Davenport & Scott County
If you have been charged with a drug offense in eastern Iowa, choosing the right attorney can significantly impact your future and your freedom. Keegan, Tindal & Mason has the experience to make a difference in your case. Since 1992, we have been aggressively defending people charged with drug offenses. We are here to help you. Call today to schedule your free consultation and get started planning your legal defense.
We Understand How the Prosecution Thinks
Drug crimes defense lawyer J. Dean Keegan worked as a probation officer prior to earning his law degree. He can anticipate how prosecutors think and develop your defense accordingly. Our attorneys have experience in both State and Federal courts with drug cases ranging from simple possession of drug paraphernalia, to felony offenses like conspiracy and intent to deliver.
We have successfully handled defense cases that include:
- Felony possession
- Possession or delivery of marijuana, methamphetamine, crack cocaine, cocaine, and other street drugs
- Possession of pseudoephedrine — a precursor to methamphetamine
- Prescription drug offense charges
- Driver's license sanctions after a drug conviction
What happens to my student financial aid if I am convicted of a drug offense?
A drug conviction can interfere with your financial aid, though this is a question best answered by contacting your school's financial aid office and by consulting the FAFSA application itself. For more information please visit the FAFSA website.
Will I lose my license if I am convicted of a drug offense?
Yes. Iowa does impose a six month suspension on your driver's license of you are convicted of a drug offense. This suspension will not go into effect until any existing sanctions are complete.
Enhanced Drug Penalties Near Schools & Public Parks
Under the Iowa controlled substances statutes, people who sell or otherwise distribute illegal drugs may have their criminal penalties enhanced significantly, including but not limited to up to 5 additional years in prison upon conviction if they possess a controlled substance with the intent to distribute it in, on, or even near the grounds of a public or private school, school bus, or even a public park or recreation center.
Those who simply possess drugs in such areas are also subject to additional penalties, including 100 hours of community service. The intent of this law is to discourage people from dealing drugs in public areas where children and families are often present, but the enhancement also applies to people within 1000 feet of these areas, which can be confusing and may lead to extremely illogical consequences.
For example, a person gives a gram of marijuana to a friend at his home, which is a block from a small playground. Even if the transaction occurs behind closed doors on private property, and even if it occurs at night when there are no children present at the playground, this would still potentially fall under the Iowa sentence enhancement, and this person could face up to 5 years in prison simply because of where he lives.
People who face felony possession, distribution and other controlled substance charges should immediately seek their defense options in order to address any legal issues and avoid serious consequences.
We Work Toward the Best Result for Your Individual Circumstance
All cases are unique, and some who are charged with drug offenses have special circumstances. Students who face drug charges are at risk for losing financial aid. Conviction of a drug offense can result in significant jail or prison time which can cause significant hardships and loss of employment. We work with you to craft a resolution that focuses on your priorities.
Our firm has a deep understanding of the issues involved in drug cases. We bring this understanding and experience to your unique situation to develop a skillful defense. Whether you have been charged with felony drug possession, intent to deliver or a drug delivery, you have the right to an attorney who can help.
Contact Keegan, Tindal & Mason today by dialing (319) 499-5524 now.
Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijuana and Methamphetamine Charges Dismissed
Washington Count FECR5351. Attorney Tindal and Attorney Clemens Erdahl successfully argued that evidence of drug manufacture was obtained in violation of the Constitution. All charges were dismissed.
Possession with Intent to Distribute Charges Dismissed
Iowa County FECR010358. Attorney Tindal was able to show the Court that his client was detained in violation of his Constitutional rights and that the K9 utilized in the search was unreliable. Following hearing all charges were dismissed.
Second Degree Sexual Abuse and Other Charges Acquittal at Trial
Johnson County FECR089277. The Defendant was charged with Second Degree Sexual Abuse and other charges. Following a one-week trial by Mr. Tindal, the Defendant was acquitted of all charges.
Sexual Abuse in the 2nd Degree Conviction Reversed on Appeal
Iowa Supreme Court No. 04-361. The Defendant was convicted of Sexual Abuse in the 2nd Degree. On appeal, Mr. Tindal successfully argued that the conviction was based on improperly admitted evidence. The conviction was reversed.
Trafficking Stolen Weapons and Misdemeanor Theft Charge Dismissed
Scott County FECR384046. The Defendant was charged with Trafficking Stolen Weapons and Misdemeanor Theft. The Court dismissed the felony following a Motion litigated by Mr. Tindal. The Defendant subsequently pled to the remaining misdemeanor.
Vehicular Homicide Charges Reduced
Johnson County FECR68296. The Defendant was charged with Vehicular Homicide. Following a suppression hearing, Mr. Tindal and his co-counsel were able to show that the blood test result was taken in violation of implied consent procedures. The case was subsequently resolved for a misdemeanor.
First Degree Murder and Child Endangerment Causing Death Acquitted of First Degree Murder at Trial
Henry County FECR005634. Attorney Tindal’s client was charged with First Degree Murder and Child Endangerment Causing Death. Following a two week trial, the Defendant was acquitted of all charges.
Operating While Intoxicated Reduced to Public Intoxication
Johnson County OWCR116811. The Defendant was charged with Operating While Intoxicated. Mr. Tindal was able to win the Iowa Dept of Transportation appeal and have the blood test result thrown out. The case was resolved for a public intoxication charge and no loss of license.
Operating While Intoxicated Second Offense Reduced to Public Intoxication
Washington County OWIN010946. The Defendant was charged with Operating While Intoxicated Second Offense. Following long negotiations with the State the Defendant was able to plead to a Public Intoxication and have his driving privileges reinstated.
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.
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.