OWI/DUI Defense Attorneys in Iowa City & Davenport
Dependable Legal Counsel Throughout Cedar Rapids, Quad City, Scott County & All of Eastern Iowa
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.
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
Defense for DUI cases:
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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