Defenses to OWI/DUI in Iowa City & Davenport
Serving Cedar Rapids, Quad City, Scott County & All of Eastern Iowa
Many people fail to defend themselves against OWI/DUI charges because they erroneously believe the charges against them are open-and-shut. In reality, there are many defenses to OWI/DUI because there are many opportunities for police officers to make mistakes and for equipment to malfunction. The outcome of your case will have a lasting effect on your life. It is in your own best interest to hold the authorities accountable for following proper procedures at every step. Call Keegan, Tindal & Jaeger today for a free consultation about protecting yourself.
If you have questions about the validity of your traffic stop or the results of your breath test, call (319) 499-5524 to speak to an Iowa City & Davenport drunk driving defense lawyer.
Decades of Proven Legal Experience
Our lawyers can examine the circumstances of your case to determine whether:
- The police had probable cause to stop your vehicle
- The police read you your rights
- The field sobriety or breath test was properly administered
- The BAC testing equipment was operated and maintained according to protocol
- Communication requests were denied
Attorney J. Dean Keegan has dedicated himself to understanding the science behind BAC testing and other scientific tools at the prosecutor's disposal.
DataMaster Plagued By Inaccuracies
DataMaster is the only breath test machine approved for use in Iowa, but several issues can render your BAC test results inadmissible and cause the state to drop the charges against you. The operator of the machine must be certified, the machine itself must be certified and calibrated, the test run results need to be recorded properly and the mouthpiece must be changed between tests. Even when these conditions are met, DataMaster is still prone to error.
The machine is essentially a calculator that makes assumptions about you. It cannot differentiate between subtle differences in biomechanics. The state has built assumptions into the machine that benefit the state, not the defendant.
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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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