Tag: drunk driving

Rolled to NFG

Wayne County, Iowa.  Attorney Matt Lindholm (aka The Wolf) recently obtained a NFG (Not Friggin Guilty) verdict from a Wayne County jury for a client facing an OWI second offense charge.  The client was charged following a roll over accident.  At trial officers testified that the client’s speech was slurred, he had blood shot eyes, failed the horizontal gaze nystagmus test, and refused to submit to a breath test.  Video was shown to the jury depicting the client’s speech, his eyes, and the circumstances surrounding his refusal to submit to a breath test (i.e. because he was unable to speak […]

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OWI Dismissed

Wright County, Iowa.  Attorney Matt Lindholm (a.k.a The Wolf) recently secured the dismissal of a client’s operating while intoxicated charge and saved the client’s drivers license from being suspended.  Matt was able to obtain the preliminary breath testing calibration logs and determined that they were not kept in accordance with Iowa law which subsequently undermined the officer’s legal authority to ask the client for a breath test.

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Independent Test Requests Mean Something

Madison County, Iowa.  Attorney Matt Lindholm (aka The Wolf), recently found success for his client who was facing a charge of operating while intoxicated.  The client requested an independent test following the submission to the breath test at the station but the officer who arrested the client dictated where that independent test would be conducted.  Attorney Lindholm filed a motion to suppress arguing that the breath test results were not admissible because she was not allowed an “independent test” since the officer dictated where the test was going to be done.  The judge agreed and suppressed the breath test results.  […]

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Felony OWI Amended to Public Intoxication

The impaired driving defense attorneys at GRL get results.  A recent case in Mitchell County demonstrates how effective we can be when the stakes are highest. We recently took over a case from another attorney after the State refused to budge on a felony OWI and trial looked inevitable.  After unpacking it, we discovered several important facts that completely changed the dynamic of the case.  We went to work limiting the State’s evidence.  We requested the DataMaster DMT breath test data and noticed the State’s expert witness to appear on our behalf at trial. The result? On the eve of […]

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Late Night Parking

Winnebago County, Iowa.  A client facing an OWI charge in Winnebago County after being stopping while parked in a parking lot late at night made the right decision by hiring GRL Attorney Matt Lindholm (aka The Wolf).  After reviewing the video footage from the officer’s investigation Attorney Lindholm filed a motion to suppress arguing that the clients was subjected to an unreasonable search and seizure because he was not engage in any suspicious activity when he was stopped and that his rights to an independent test were violated.  Upon review of the motion to suppress, the State agreed and dismissed […]

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A Blatant Violation – The Right to a Personal Consultation with a Family Member

We cannot make this stuff up.  Some things you just have to see to believe.  This case was the most blatant violation of an arrested person’s right to consult and see a family member we have seen in a very long time. Iowa law provides that a person who has been arrested has the right to call, consult AND see an attorney, family member, OR BOTH upon their arrival at the place of detention, i.e., the jail.  Law enforcement is nor required to tell the person of this right but if a request is made, law enforcement actually commits a […]

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Commercial Driver’s License Error

Commercial driver’s licenses are a staple for many people to make a living thus, when that staple gets threatened because of an arrest for operating while intoxicated, the stakes are often enhanced.  The law requires that officers provide accurate information to arrestees facing a decision whether to consent or refuse chemical testing following an arrest for OWI and providing inaccurate information can be fatal to the State’s case.  A recent GRL client was vindicated of his OWI charge and both his non-commercial and commercial driver’s licenses were sparred when Attorney Matt Lindholm determined the officer incorrectly advised him about the […]

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I Want to Call to Get Bond–Nope!

Ringgold County, Iowa.  A GRL client recently had an OWI charge amended to reckless driving.  The amended charge was the result of Attorney Matt Lindholm finding a way to get the client’s breath test refusal suppressed.  The client requested an opportunity to place a phone call to secure bond for his release prior to deciding whether to consent or refuse the chemical breath test request and the officer denied the request.  This denial violated Iowa Code Section 804.20 and provided a basis for suppression of the resulting breath test refusal which saved the client’s drivers license and secured the amended […]

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