OWI Attorneys in Iowa City & Davenport
Providing DUI Defense Throughout Cedar Rapids & Quad City
You’re tailgating on Melrose Avenue and then cheering for the Iowa Hawkeyes in Kinnick Stadium and next thing you know, you’re being pulled over by ICPD or an Iowa State Trooper and participating in field sobriety tests or blowing in a breathalyzer device. When this happens and you’ve had too much to drink, you may be charged with an OWI or DUI and thinking your life has come to a screaming halt. We see this often. Don’t hesitate, call our experienced attorneys immediately to begin working on your case.
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 & Davenport 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.
OWI/DUI Penalties in Iowa
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 which may determine if it's a felony OWI in Iowa or not.
Keep in mind that these are the maximum penalties. If you're charged with an OWI that resulted in vehicular homicide, they penalties can be much higher. A team of skilled criminal defense attorneys can help to minimize the consequences or even get the charges dismissed altogether.
1st DUI Penalties
- 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 DUI Penalties
- Two years in jail, a $6,250 fine, license revocation for two years, and an ignition interlock device for one year
3rd DUI Penalties
- Five years in jail, a $9,375 fine, license revocation for six years, and an ignition interlock device for one year
Defenses to OWI/DUI in Iowa City & Davenport
Many people fail to defend themselves against OWI/DUI charges because they believe the charges against them are open-and-shut. In reality, there are many defenses to OWI/DUI because there are many opportunities for police officers to make mistakes and for equipment to malfunction. The outcome of your case will have a lasting effect on your life. It is in your own best interest to hold the authorities accountable for following proper procedures at every step. Call Keegan, Tindal & Jaeger today for a free consultation about protecting yourself.
If you have questions about the validity of your traffic stop or the results of your breath test, call (319) 499-5524 to speak to an Iowa City & Davenport DUI lawyer.
Our OWI Lawyers Can Help Examine the Circumstances of Your Case
Our OWI lawyers can examine the circumstances of your case to determine whether:
- The police had probable cause to stop your vehicle
- The police read you your rights
- The field sobriety or breath test was properly administered
- The BAC testing equipment was operated and maintained according to protocol
- Communication requests were denied
Attorney J. Dean Keegan has dedicated himself to understanding the science behind BAC testing and other scientific tools at the prosecutor's disposal.
Understanding Field Sobriety Tests
When facing an OWI/DUI charge, it's important to understand the various types of field sobriety tests that law enforcement officers may administer. These tests are designed to assess a driver's level of impairment and can include tasks such as walking in a straight line, standing on one leg, or following a moving object with your eyes. It's crucial to know your rights and how to navigate these tests if you are pulled over for suspicion of driving under the influence.
Our experienced Iowa City OWI attorneys at Keegan, Tindal & Jaeger can provide guidance and representation if you have been charged with an OWI/DUI in Iowa City, Davenport, Cedar Rapids, or the Quad City area. We can help you understand your legal options and work to build a strong defense strategy based on the circumstances of your case.
Breath Tests in Iowa
DataMaster is the only breath test machine approved for use in Iowa, but several issues can render your BAC test results inadmissible and cause the state to drop the charges against you. The operator of the machine must be certified, the machine itself must be certified and calibrated, the test run results need to be recorded properly and the mouthpiece must be changed between tests. Even when these conditions are met, DataMaster is still prone to error.
The machine is essentially a calculator that makes assumptions about you. It cannot differentiate between subtle differences in biomechanics. The state has built assumptions into the machine that benefit the state, not the defendant.
Contact Our Iowa City DUI Lawyer Today
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We Defend Clients from DUI Charges 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.
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