Defenses to OWI/DUI in Iowa City
Serving Cedar Rapids, Davenport & 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 & Mason 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 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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.