Boating While Intoxicated Lawyer in Iowa City & Davenport
Helping You Navigate Iowa Boating Laws
Boating in Iowa — particularly on the Coralville Reservoir — is a much-loved summer tradition subject to fewer legal restrictions than driving a motor vehicle. The state's boating regulations, for example, do not prohibit open containers. In this atmosphere of fun and recreation, boaters may make uncharacteristic errors in judgment or find themselves in difficult legal situations with serious consequences. If you were charged with operating a boat while intoxicated, call Keegan, Tindal & Jaeger for an Iowa City & Davenport criminal defense attorney who can help.
What are the Penalties for BWI in Iowa?
Whenever you are charged with a criminal offense, the first thing to do is get help from a qualified legal professional. Since BWI offenses carry high fines, possible jail time and the risk of a felony conviction, an effective defense is vital to preserving your clean boating record.
The penalties of a conviction could include:
- Jail time
- Fines of up to $1,000 or more
- A criminal record following you for years to come
In 2011, Iowa lowered the legal blood alcohol level for boating to .08, which is the same limit for operating a motor vehicle. As with OWI/DUI charges, a person's third BWI offense within 12 years is classified as a felony. Because BWI carries such serious penalties in Iowa, defendants benefit from an aggressive defense.
Our BWI Attorneys Are Here To Defend You
At Keegan, Tindal & Jaeger, our experienced lawyers understand Iowa's BWI laws and have developed strategies for defending clients against these charges. J. Dean Keegan brings more than 20 years of defense experience to your case. During your free initial consultation, we will discuss the circumstances of your situation and help you prepare for the upcoming proceedings.
Defending BWI cases 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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