Illegal Search & Seizure Lawyer in Iowa City
Serving Cedar Rapids, Davenport & all of Eastern Iowa
The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and Article I Section 8 of the Iowa Constitution, protects youfrom unreasonable searches in places where you have an expectation of privacy, such as your home or private property. If the authorities conduct an illegal search and seizure, any evidence obtained may be inadmissible at trial, but proving a search or seizure was illegal can be difficult and may not even result in your case being dismissed. At Keegan, Tindal & Mason, we understand the nuances of these constitutional issues and have successfully argued for the suppression of illegally obtained evidence in many criminal cases. Call for a free consultation about your case.
Serving Clients throughout Cedar Rapids & Scott County
Evidence that is gathered in violation of your rights is illegal. As such, proving police violated your constitutional protections will result in weakening the prosecutor’s case against you or even dropped charges. As such, proving police did so will result in dropped charges and weakens the prosecutor's case against you. However, this is a complicated area of law because there are several exceptions to the prohibition against unreasonable search and seizure. A lawyer who is unfamiliar with the specific requirements of each exception may fail to obtain the best result for the client.
Since 1992, Iowa City criminal defense attorney J. Dean Keegan has used illegal search and seizure as the basis for defending clients in misdemeanor and felony drug cases. Our firm is aware of common search and seizure issues that arise in drug cases, and we are prepared to aggressively defend your rights. We have a strong record of success in cases involving search and seizure issues.
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We offer free initial consultations to help you get started on planning your case. Our offices are located in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.
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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.