OWI/DUI Defense Attorneys in Iowa City
Dependable Legal Counsel throughout Cedar Rapids, Davenport & all of Eastern Iowa
If you have been charged with a traffic offense, you have the right to obtain qualified legal representation. At Keegan, Tindal & Jaeger, our Iowa City OWI/DUI defense lawyers can help you defend against your charges and work to prevent your driver’s license from being suspended or revoked.
With over 53 years of combined experience, our legal professionals have what it takes to protect our client’s rights. Regardless of whether this is your first or third offense, we can help you build a strategic case.
Drunk Driving Penalties in Iowa City
In Iowa, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) level of 0.8 percent or more. Also, individuals are prohibited from driving while under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or the combination of the two. If there is any amount of a controlled substance present in a driver’s blood or urine, he or she may be arrested for OWI.
When someone has been charged with driving under the influence (DUI) or operating while intoxicated (OWI), the first thing question is usually, “what are the consequences?” Iowa deals strictly with OWI/DUI offenses and imposes mandatory minimum sentences. The severity of the penalty increases based on how many prior convictions the individual has.
The maximum penalties for OWI/DUI include:
- 1st offense: one year in jail, a $1,250 fine, license revocation for one year, and an ignition interlock device until a temporary restrictive license is obtained, if required
- 2nd offense: two years in jail, a $6,250 fine, license revocation for two years, and an ignition interlock device for one year
- 3rd offense: five years in jail, a $9,375 fine, license revocation for six years, and an ignition interlock device for one year
Keep in mind that these are the maximum penalties. A team of skilled criminal defense attorneys can help to minimize the consequences or even get the charges dismissed altogether.
Obtain Qualified Legal Counsel Now
If you were arrested for operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, decisions need to be made quickly. Following your release from jail, you must challenge your license revocation within 10 days. Failing to do so will likely result in automatic revocation.
Our Iowa City OWI/DUI defense attorney at Keegan, Tindal & Jaeger stands ready to assist you through the legal process. From start to finish, our team can keep you informed and help you make good decisions about your future.
To schedule your free OWI/DUI consultation, reach out to us today at (319) 499-5524.
Operating While Intoxicated Charges Dismissed
Linn County OWCR133760. Attorney Eric Tindal's client was arrested for Operating While Intoxicated. Mr. Tindal had all charges dismissed following a successful suppression hearing regarding the grounds for the stop.
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.
I am glad he was there to get my head out of the guillotine when I needed him and keep my record clean.- Ryan
My family and friends appreciate all you have done. Thank you.- Michael
Andrea Jaeger is the best defense attorney in the world.- Orlando
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.