Featured Awards

WOMEN IN THE LAW 13 FEBRUARY 2009. MILWAUKEE WI.
The Wisconsin Law Journal honored 21 Women In The Law at a ceremony on February 13, 2009 at the Italian Center in Milwaukee.

SUPER LAWYERS OF WISCONSIN 2 JANUARY 2009. MADISON WI.
Law & Politics announces top 5% attorneys in Wisconsin.

TOP 25 WOMEN IN THE LAW 2 JANUARY 2009. MADISON WI.
Law & Politics announces top 25 women in law in Wisconsin.

MADISON'S BEST CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYERS MADSION WISCONSIN.
Madison Magazine names three to Madison's Best Criminal Defense Lawyers list.

Atlanta Georgia Attorney Appointed To National College For DUI Defense Board of Regents
Attorney Michael Hawkins was named to the Board of Regents to the National College for DUI Defense.

Iowa Supreme Court Decisions

Celebrating Legal Excellence recognizes the legal excellence of attorneys who successfully argue for appeals before the Iowa Supreme Court.

suppression of illegal blood draw upheld

The Iowa Supreme Court upheld the suppression of a chemical blood test result obtained from Attorney Matthew Thomas Lindholm's client in an operating while intoxicated charge. The court was asked to decide whether the blood test which was withdrawn without consent and without a warrant would run afoul of Iowa law. In deciding to uphold suppression of the test result, the Iowa Supreme Court determined that Iowa law requires "the peace officer, not the county attorney, reasonably believe that the delay involved in obtaining a search warrant would result in the destruction of evidence." Since the peace officer was unable to assert that "the reason he ordered the warrantless blood sample was his belief that the time it would take to obtain the warrant would result in the destruction of evidence" and instead was only relying upon the instructions of the county attorney, the statutory prerequisite for obtaining the blood sample without a warrant was not met.

Attorney Matthew Lindholm of Gourley, Rehkemper, & Lindholm, was pleased in the outcome of the decision. "This was the correct and only decision possible given the facts of this case. If the Iowa Supreme Court would have decided otherwise, they would have ignored the plain letter of the law giving police another avenue to intrude into a person's privacy without consent." A copy of this decision is available at Iowa Supreme Court Opinions (http://www.judicial.state.ia.us/Supreme_Court/Recent_Opinions/20090306/07-0045.pdf).

::: IOWA SUPREME COURT :::
::: ATTORNEY MATTHEW THOMAS LINDHOLM :::
::: GOURLEY, REHKEMPER & LINDHOLM :::

Featured Cases

Sexual Assault Not Guilty
A Madison, Wisconsin jury brought back a not guilty verdict in a case charging a Mt. Horebman with Second Degree Sexual Assault, Repeated Acts of Sexual Assault Same Child. Attorney Christopher T. Van Wagner defending. Read more at Not Guilty Sexual Assault.
Drunk Driving Charges Dismissed
Charges for operating while under the influence as a 6th offense with a .194 blood alcohol level against Attorney Corey Chirafisi's client were dismissed. Read more at OWI 6th Offense Dismissed.
Not Guilty Sexual Assault of Unconscious Victim
Illegal Search & Seizure Defeated - Conviction Reversed
Attorney Tracey Wood won an appeal to the Wisconsin Court of Appeals for her client who had been previously convicted while represented by another firm for drunk driving. See Drunk Driving Conviction Reversed.
Attorney Robert Rehkemper won a motion to dismiss charges against his client who had been charged with vehicular homicide.
OWI Refusal Reasonable
Chirafisi Law attorney Corey Chirafisi won a motion to dismiss charges against his client who had been charged with refusing to submit to a sobriety test. See OWI Refusal Was Reasonable.
$130,000 Dog Bite Injury
Gourley, Rehkemper & Lindholm obtained a $130,000 settlement for their client who sued for dog bite injuries. See Dog Bite Attack Lawsuit Settlement.
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