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OWI/DUI Defense Attorneys in Iowa City

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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.

When you require a criminal defense team that can make things right again, call (319) 499-5524 or contact us online.

Drunk Driving 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

Iowa City OWI Lawyer

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.

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To schedule your free OWI/DUI consultation, reach out to us today at (319) 499-5524.

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  • 2nd Degree Sexual Abuse; 1st Degree Burglary Acquitted of Multiple Forcible Felonies
  • 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.

  • Vehicular Homicide Charges Reduced, No Incarceration Imposed

    Muscatine County FECR056673. Vehicular Homicide was reduced to Involuntary Manslaughter. Total sentence was suspended.

  • Felony Drug Charges Charges Dismissed

    Muscatine County FECR050038. Attorney Dean Keegan's client was charged with two counts of controlled substance violation, as well as two counts of failure to affix tax stamp. After a year of court appearances and negotiating with the prosecutor, all charges were dismissed with costs assessed to the State.

  • Carrying Weapons, Public Intoxication, & Disorderly Conduct Carrying Weapons & Public Intoxication Charges D

    Linn County AGCR108044. Attorney Dean Keegan's client was charged with Carrying Weapons, Public Intoxication, and Disorderly Conduct. After plea negotiations with the State, Mr. Keegan was successful in dismissing the Carrying Weapons and Public Intoxication charges.

  • 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.

  • Operating While Intoxicated No Suspension of Driving Privileges
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.


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