Iowa City & Davenport Drug Crimes Attorney
Drug Offense Lawyer Serving Cedar Rapids, Quad City, Scott County & All of Eastern Iowa
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 & Jaeger has the experience to make a difference in your case. Since 1992, we have been aggressively defending people charged with drug offenses in the Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, and Davenport areas. We are here to help you. Call today to schedule your free consultation and get started planning your legal defense.
Drug Crime Cases We Handle
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 drug defense cases in Iowa 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
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 if 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.
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.
Iowa Drug Offense Lawyers Serving Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, and Davenport
All cases are unique, and some who are charged with drug offenses have special circumstances. Students who face drug charges are at risk of 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. Our Iowa drug possession lawyers 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.
Areas We Serve
Defending those accused of drug offenses in:
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.
“Would recommend them to anyone.” - Nora H.
“I’m very grateful as well as appreciative for you representing me.” - Charles W.
“I am glad he was there to get my head out of the guillotine when I needed him and keep my record clean.” - Ryan