Boating While Intoxicated Lawyer in Iowa City
Prevent a Criminal Conviction from Ruining Your Future
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 & Mason for an Iowa City criminal defense attorney who can help.
Dial (319) 499-5524 now or contact us online to schedule your free consultation with our team.
Helping You Avoid Serious Consequences
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.
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At Keegan, Tindal & Mason, 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.
Call (319) 499-5524 now to get started.
Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijuana and Methamphetamine Charges Dismissed
Washington Count FECR5351. Attorney Tindal and Attorney Clemens Erdahl successfully argued that evidence of drug manufacture was obtained in violation of the Constitution. All charges were dismissed.
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.
Vehicular Homicide Charges Reduced
Johnson County FECR68296. The Defendant was charged with Vehicular Homicide. Following a suppression hearing, Mr. Tindal and his co-counsel were able to show that the blood test result was taken in violation of implied consent procedures. The case was subsequently resolved for a misdemeanor.
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.
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.
Operating While Intoxicated Reduced to Public Intoxication
Johnson County OWCR116811. The Defendant was charged with Operating While Intoxicated. Mr. Tindal was able to win the Iowa Dept of Transportation appeal and have the blood test result thrown out. The case was resolved for a public intoxication charge and no loss of license.
Operating While Intoxicated Second Offense Reduced to Public Intoxication
Washington County OWIN010946. The Defendant was charged with Operating While Intoxicated Second Offense. Following long negotiations with the State the Defendant was able to plead to a Public Intoxication and have his driving privileges reinstated.
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.
Sexual Abuse in the 2nd Degree Conviction Reversed on Appeal
Iowa Supreme Court No. 04-361. The Defendant was convicted of Sexual Abuse in the 2nd Degree. On appeal, Mr. Tindal successfully argued that the conviction was based on improperly admitted evidence. The conviction was reversed.
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.
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.