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Matthew T. Lindholm

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Bio

Mr. Lindholm has been named to the Top 40 Under 40 and selected to the Super Lawyers list for the third straight year in 2015.  He has also repeatedly been named Avvo's Client Choice and Top Attorney for DUI defense with a Superb rating of 10.0 out of a possible 10.0.  Mr. Lindholm has been certified in field sobriety testing, is a founding member of DUI Defense Lawyers Association, and is a member of the National College of Drunk Driving Defense.  He is an acting Board Member of the Iowa Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers as well as a Board Member of the Iowa Assocation for Justice (formerly known as Iowa Trial Lawyers Association) where he was designated as a Key Person for his legislative efforts in 2014.  Mr. Lindholm is recognized state-wide for his expertise in the field of drunk driving and vehicular homicide cases and is a frequent speaker at attorney and public education seminars.  

A review of testimonials from Mr. Lindholm's clients indicate that he has a straight forward approach and an aggressive but professional demeanor  which allows him to obtain outstanding results.  Clients have also found that jurors respond well to him in trial which is evidenced by his impressive list of "not guilty" verdicts.  Although well known for his expertise in the field of alcohol related offenses, Mr. Lindholm does not limit his practice to one particualr area of criminal defense and has found tremendous success in the areas of illegal search and seizure, narcotics cases, assaults, civil forfeiture proceedings, and personal injury cases.
 

Areas of Practice

Memberships & Activities

Professional Associations 

  • Iowa Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2002 - Present
    • Board Member, 2005-Present
  • National College for DUI Defense, Inc., 2003 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2005 - Present
  • Iowa Association for Justice (formerly Iowa Trial Lawyers)
    • Board Member
    • Criminal Law Core Group
  • Founding Member of DUI Defense Lawyers Association
  • Iowa Bar Association

Education & Background

Education:

  • Drake University Law School, Des Moines, Iowa, J. D.
  • Simpson College, Indianola, Iowa, 1999, B. A.
    • Honors: Cum Laude 
    • Major:  Criminal Justice
  • NHTSA/IACP Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, Practitioner Course
    • Chicago Illinois, April 2005, NHTSA certified 
  • National College for DUI Defense, Summer Session
    • Boston Massachusetts, July 2007
  • National College for DUI Defense, Winter Session
    • Atlantis, Bahamas, January 2009
  • Mastering Scientific Evidence, New Orleans, LA, April 2010
  • NHTSA/IACP Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Practitioner Course, West Des Moines, IA, May 2013, NHTSA Re-Certified.

Bar Admissions:

  • Suprem Court of Iowa, 2002
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Iowa, 2003

Classes & Seminars Taught:

  • OWI (DUI) Case law Update and Special Presentation
    • Iowa Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2003 - Present
  • OWI (DUI) Case law Update and Substantive Presentation, Drug Recognition Protocol
    • Iowa Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2004
  • OWI (DUI) Case law Update and Substantive Presentation - Field Sobriety Tests
    • The Voodoo that they do
    • Iowa Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2005
  • OWI (DUI) Case law Update and Practical Practice Pointers
    • Iowa Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2006
  • OWI (DUI) Case law Update, Iowa Judicial Conference, June 21, 2007
  • Discovery in Criminal Cases
    • Iowa Association of Legal Assistants, September 2007
  • OWI (DUI) Caselaw Update and Substantive Presentation
    • Field sobriety evidence - establishing sobriety through cross examination
    • Iowa Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2007

Representative Cases

This is a small representation of Attorney Matthew Lindholm's recent case results:

Recent Case Results

Non-Evidentiary Test Results in OWI Dismissal:   After having requested the documents detailing the breath test result, it was determined that the office did not run the correct breath test because it was a non-evidentiary test.

Ask to Talk to Your Wife!:   OWI First offense amended to reckless driving and public intoxication and CDL license saved when client asks to speak to wife.

OWI to Reckless Driving Means Canada Trips Continue:   Polk County OWI charge amended to reckless driving after suppression of breath test result means the client can continue his trips to Canada

Dont' Say it Aint So:   Providing incorrect information about a commercial driver's license prevented the State from suspending a drivers license for a failed breath test.

PBT Calibration Records Matter:   The failure to maintain calibration records for preliminary breath testing devices prohibited the DOT from suspending a driver's license for an OWI arrest.

18 Minutes for Phone Calls is Not Enough:   A request by an officer to terminate efforts to secure an attorney after being only afforded eighteen minutes violated Iowa Code Section 804.20.

Marshall County OWI Dismissed and License Saved:   Court determined that the officer did not have sufficient probable cause or reasonable suspicion in order to stop the vehicle.

Pulled Off Another One:   A motion to suppress was filed challenging the admissibility of the blood test result obtained from the Defendant on the basis that the officer did not have "reasonable grounds" to believe the Client operated a motor vehicle while intoxicated at the time the blood test was obtained

Client Stopped by DOT Officer Gets Charges Reduced:   Question of whether a DOT officer can stop a non-commercial motor vehicle for speeding results in reduced charges

No PBT or Arrest is Fatal:   OWI second offense charge was amended to reckless driving and the client's driver's license was saved because the officer failed to offer the client a preliminary breath test or arrest him for OWI prior to asking him to submit to the official Datamaster breath test.

Dallas County OWI Dismissed:   After reviewing the video from the officer's patrol car, it failed to support the officer's decision to stop the vehicle.

Wapello County OWI charge dismissed and license saved:   Client's OWI charge was ultimately dismissed and his license was saved after it was determined that his telephone calls to his wife at the jail had been recorded.

OWI charge amended to reckless driving:   officer never actually saw client driving

Clarke County OWI Reduced and License Saved:   Operating while intoxicated first offense charge was successfully challenged when the client as to take a second breath test and the officer failed to inform him about his right to independent testing.

OWI accident charge amended:   After questioning the investigating officer, it was determined that the client's rights under Iowa Code Section 804.20 were violated because he asked to place telephone calls prior to his blood draw and he was not allowed to place those calls.

Wright County OWI First Offense Victory:   Client was charged with operating while intoxicated first offense and a review of the video showed that she had not been given an adequate opportunity to speak with one of her family members who also happened to be a member of the Iowa State Patrol.

OWI third offense dismissed:   All the evidence in the case was ultimately thrown out because the officer did not have a constitutional basis to stop the client's vehicle.

OWI first amended to reckless driving:   Upon a review of the video from the patrol car, it video didn't appear to support the officer's contention and as a result a motion to suppress was filed challenging the admissibility of all evidence obtained in the case.

OWI first offense amended to public intoxication and possession of alcohol underage:   Client was charged with OWI first offense and after a review of the evidence, it was determined that neither the officer nor the client signed the implied consent form prior to her submission to the breath test.

OWI first amended to reckless driving and license saved:   Following a violation of the client's right to place telephone calls, the State reduced the charge to reckless driving and the client's license was saved.

OWI Dismissed After Officer Caught Lying:   After a review of the evidence, there was no stop sign located where the client was alleged to have ran the stop sign.

OWI 2nd offense amended to public intoxication and license saved:   OWI 2nd offense amended to public intoxication and license saved because the officer lacked a sufficient legal basis to ask the client to submit to a breath test.

OWI charge amended to reckless driving following independent test violation:   State agrees to amend charge to reckless driving following a violation of the clients right to obtain an independent test.

OWI Second Offense Charge Dismissed and License Saved:   OWI second charge dismissed after the court suppressed all evidence following the stop of the vehicle because the officer did not have a lawful basis stop the client.

Child Endangerment and OWI 2nd Dismissed:   Low breath test result gets child endangerment and OWI Second offense charge dismissed.

OWI Second Offense Amended to Reckless Driving:   As a result of successfully challenging the admissibility of the breath test refusal, the Department of Transporation was prevented from suspending his license.

OWI charge amended to public intox and license save:   Hearing impaired client's license saved and OWI charge amended to public intoxication because officer failed to obtain an interpreter.

Polk County OWI 2nd Offense Reduced to Reckless Driving:   Polk County Iowa OWI 2nd offense amended to reckless driving after officer incorrectly informs client about his driver's license suspension.

OWI first offense amended to reckless driving:   the client's right to a telephone call pursuant to Iowa Code Section 804.20 was violated and as a result, the breath test result was determined to be inadmissible and the DOT was prevented from suspending the client's driver's license.

Beating the Wrap:   The jury says assisting in saran wrapping an underclassman to a pole with his consent during homecoming is not a crime.

OWI charge reduce and license saved:   Client's OWI charge was dismissed and license save following a successful motion to suppress.

Felony Bribery and OWI charge reduced to simple misdemeanors:   Client's felony bribery and OWI charge were reduced to reckless driving and interference with official acts.

OWI Dismissed:   OWI charge dismissed when officers admit under oath that they didn't think the client was intoxicated.

OWI First Dismissed:   OWI first offense dismissed when cops find the client parked in a field entrance.

OWI Charge Amended the Morning of Trial:   Client's OWI charge amended the morning of trial when the state was presented with a breath test form indicating that the client blew .000.

Jury Find UFC Fighter Not Guilty:   Jury finds UFC fighter not guilty following trial for OWI charge.

Jury Acquits Client of Operating While Intoxicated:   Boone County jury finds GRL Client NOT GUILTY of Operating While Intoxicated.

Violation of Right to Independent Testing:   OWI charges amended to reckless driving and public intoxication after breath test result is suppressed following a violation of client's right to independent testing.

Harassment Charge Dismissed:   Harassment 2nd degree charges dismissed after "alleged victim" provided affidavit indicating that the client did not harass her.

OWI Charge Amended to Public Intoxication Following Serious Accident:   Client's OWI charge was amended to public intoxication following an accident in which the client was seriously injured and tested .163.

Third Time is a Charm:   OWI charge amended to reckless driving and public intoxication after two unsuccessful attempts by the State to convict the client at trial.

Driving While Drugged Charge Amended and License Saved:   Clients driving while under the influence of prescription drugs charge was amended to reckless driving following a successful motion to suppress the urine test results.

Charges Dismissed License Saved:   Clients OWI charges were dismissed following a successful motion to suppress alleging that the officer violated her rights under the Fourth Amendment.

OWI First Offense Charge Amended to Reckless Driving and License Saved:   Client's OWI first offense charge was amended to reckless driving and her license was saved following a successful motion to suppress which excluded her breath test results.

Second Offense Operating While Intoxicated Amended:   OWI second offense amended to reckless driving following unsuccessful motion to suppress.

OWI First Offense Dismissed and License Saved:   OWI first offense dismissed and client's license saved following successful motion to suppress as a result of an unconstitutional stop of client's vehicle.

OWI charge Amended and License Saved:   OWI charge amended to public intoxication following successful motion to suppress.

OWI Amended and License Saved:   OWI charge amended to reckless driving and public intoxication after successful motion to suppress.

OWI Dismissed During Trial:   OWI first offense dismissed by the judge during trial because the State failed to prove their case.

Child Endangerment and OWI Dismissed:   Charges of OWI, Child Endangerment, in exchange for guilty plea to a simple misdmeanor.

OWI Second Offense Amended:   OWI 2nd Offense amended to simple misdemeanor charge of reckless driving and license spared.

Testimonials

Case Dismissed!:   He made a very strong and compelling argument to the court that my 4th Amendment rights had been violated during the traffic stop. Well the judge agreed and dismissed the case.

I could not have picked a better lawyer for my case!:   Matt was very professional and knew exactly what to look for in my case to get it resolved!

Matt is amazing:   I had so many people try and talk me out of paying a lawyer for my OWI case, and believe me I didn't want to because it isn't cheap, but when I tell you that he is worth it, he is exactly that.

I Could Rate Matt 6 Stars:   Because of his professionalism, expertise of his trade and reputation with the Polk County Attorney my case was dropped my record remains clean today.

Best In Iowa:   Best In Iowa

Shark:   After receiving an OWI 1st & a Felony Bribery charge in April of 2015 I knew it was going to take the help of a Shark to get me back on the right side of the law.

OWI Charge Dismissed to a lesser charge:   I was arrested for OWI in April of 2016. I am a 49 yr old female with a great job that requires me to drive for work needless to say I feared losing my career

1st Offense OWI- Best Lawyer Out There!:   From the first meeting with him I could tell he was the guy that I could trust and would get me the most favorable outcome from the awful situation I was in.

Pulled Off a Miracle:   After meeting with Matt one time I knew he was the guy in telling me if there was an angle to exploit the charge and actions of the arresting officers he would. He did just that as he was able to find an angle to question one of the officers statements during the arrest which resulted in his filing for a motion to suppress the Breathalyzer refusal.

Matt is amazing!:   Matt will not sugarcoat anything, but he knows the law and he will pursue every option available.

Amazing Lawyer!:   He was very professional but also made you feel like even if it didn't seem like it, there could be a light at the end of the tunnel. He told me step by step what I needed to do at that moment and made sure I understood all of the paperwork.

"NO WIN SITUATION":   After one conversation with Matt, I knew he was the attorney for me! I was so mad at myself for getting myself in this situation, and didn't really know what was going to happen, but Matt made me feel comfortable and explained everything that was going to happen even before I hired him!

DUI / OWI CHARGES DISMISSED:   Mr. Lindholm recently got the charges in my DUI /OWI case dismissed...

OWI Defense:   Matt represented me when I was charged with an OWI...

DUI was Dismissed, I recommend Matthew Lindholm:   Well if you are reading this your probably in the same boat I was in not long ago...

Very knowledgeable on the OWI/DUI law (Administrative/DOT and Criminal). Professional with a competitive edge!:   I was charged with OWI 1st in 2009. Mr. Lindholm represented me...

Very respectable Lawyer:   Mr Lindholm recently represented me in an OWI charge...

I can say without any hesitation that being found NOT GUILTY of OWI/DUI was a direct result of Mr. Lindholm's services!:   I was charged with Operating while Intoxicated in 2010...

Other Blog Entries By This Author

Drink, Drank or Drunk? The New Era of Dram Shop Liability in Iowa:   What is required to hold a bar or restaurant legally responsible for injuries caused to third parties by a patron's intoxication?

What happens if you get an OWI with a weapon in the car?:   If the person gets stopped for operating while intoxicated and there's a gun in the car and they have a valid permit to carry, the officer is likely going to charge that individual with carrying weapons.

What is vehicular manslaughter and how many years for vehicular manslaughter?:   You often hear people getting charged with or convicted of vehicular manslaughter, also known as vehicular homicide. That is defined by the unintentional killing of another while operating a motor vehicle while either under the influence of alcohol or while driving that vehicle in a reckless manner. If an individual gets convicted of vehicular manslaughter or vehicular homicide by way of operating while intoxicated, the judge has to send that person to prison.

How long do you go to jail for a DUI?:   The amount of jail time and the fines are tied to the level of offense that the person is facing.

What happens if you get your second DUI in 10 years:   You know people often ask what happens if I have my second DUI in 10 years?

What questions should you ask your DUI lawyer?:   Clients come in with questions all the time and the questions generally revolve around what's going to happen to my case, what's the process about? I don't see a lot of clients asking the attorney questions about them. And it is an opportunity for the clients to interview the attorney and there are some questions they should be asking that attorney.

What happens if you get a DUI?:   When somebody gets a DUI, they have two different fights going on. They've got the Department of Transportation, who's trying to suspend their driver's license, and they've got the criminal component of the case, where the state of Iowa's trying to impose fine, jail time, surcharges, court costs, those types of things. Both of them have preliminary steps that are important to take.

Work Permits and OWIs:   Have you or someone you known suffered through an OWI arrest and are now needing to know what to do to get a work permit? Well look no further.

So You're Going to College!!:   Here are some helpful legal hints and tidbits that you may want to know as you or someone you know heads back to college.

OWI Amended to Reckless Driving:   OWI charge was amended to reckless driving prior to trial once the State reviewed the video tapes which did not support the officer's conclusion of intoxication.

Prescription Drug Defense and License Supsensions:   Does the prescription drug defense apply to license suspension proceedings for operating while intoxicated cases?