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.
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.