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 & Mason, 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 & Mason 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 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.
Drug Charge Charge Dismissed
Johnson County No. OWCR039210, Iowa City, Iowa. Attorney J. Dean Keegan conducted a three-day long suppression hearing which presented the first challenge to the "Drug Recognition Protocols" used in Iowa.
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.
Vehicular Homicide Charge Dismissed
Johnson County No. FECR058630- Iowa City, Iowa. Attorneys J. Dean Keegan and Jerald W. Kinnamon successfully challenged the withdrawal of blood from a Defendant without his permission after a rollover accident in which a passenger in the vehicle was killed.
Vehicular Homicide Charge Dismissed
Muscatine County No. FECR03718 - Muscatine, Iowa. If convicted of the vehicular homicide while intoxicated, as alleged in this case, the Defendant would have faced the possibility of a 25-year prison sentence, 17 years of which would have to be served before he would be eligible for parole. Following the depositions of the investigating officer and consultation with an accident reconstruction expert, Attorneys J. Dean Keegan and Jerry Kinnamon negotiated the dismissal of Vehicular Homicide as part of a plea
OWI Charge Dismissed
Johnson County No. OWCR083001 - Iowa City, Iowa. Attorney J. Dean Keegan alleged that the Defendant's rights to contact a lawyer or family member may have been violated after his arrest. He requested video of the breath test from the arresting officer to support his allegation. When the officer failed to produce the video evidence in response written requests, a subpoena, and a Motion to Compel, the State conceded the issue and dismissed the offense.
OWI Acquittal at Jury Trial
Johnson County No. OWCR077717- Iowa City, Iowa. Acquittal at jury trial of a defendant accused of Operating While Intoxicated who refused a breath alcohol test. Tried by Attorney J, Dean Keegan.
OWI Case Overturned
State v. Hornik, Segura, et. al.Iowa City, Johnson County, Iowa. When the state of Iowa established that the Datamaster breath testing machine could be used to test subjects being investigated for OWI, it failed to establish a protocol for its proper use. Attorney J. Dean Keegan, in conjunction with the Johnson County Public Defender's Office, mounted a challenge to the use of the machine based on the lack of uniform instructions for its operation.
Zero Tolerance Driver's License Revocation Zero Tolerance Driver's License Revocation Overt
Iowa Dept. of Inspection and Appeals Docket No. 08DOTOW3937. Attorney J. Dean Keegan successfully challenged a "Zero Tolerance" license revocation on the basis that the officer had failed to allow the driver to contact a family member or attorney for legal advice before submitting to the test.
OWI 2nd Offense Charge Dismissed
Muscatine County No. OWCR040280 - Muscatine, Iowa. After Attorney Dean Keegan scheduled the deposition of the State's expert witness in this case, he learned that the breath test was inappropriately administered by the arresting officer. The State dismissed the offense outright and agreed that the breath test result should be inadmissible so the Defendant would not face the proposed one-year administrative revocation of her driver's license.
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.