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Attorney Daniel RothmanDaniel J. Rothman

Daniel J. Rothman has been practicing criminal law since his admission to the bar in 2002. He is a former prosecutor of 7 years having worked in the Story County Attorney's office and as the senior member of the OWI Division of the Polk County Attorney’s Office until March of 2009. During his time as an OWI prosecutor, Mr. Rothman was an instructor for the Prosecutors Training Council’s Annual Officer’s training school on OWI law and a presenter for the Central Iowa Traffic Safety Task Force’s annual training regarding OWI law. Mr. Rothman was invited to teach other attorneys in Des Moines how to handle OWI cases in 2011 by the Law Review CLE Group. He prosecuted many types of cases from OWI cases to major felony cases including burglary, sex assault, narcotic offenses, and white collar crimes.  He also is a graduate of the Trial Advocacy program at the National District Attorney’s Association’s National Advocacy Center at the University of South Carolina.  As a defense attorney Mr. Rothman has represented clients in a wide variety of cases from petty crimes to murder.  He has also taken his clients arguments to the Iowa Supreme Court and Court of Appeals where he obtained victories for his clients on such issues as illegal searches for narcotics and violations of client’s rights to attorney consultation.   

 

He received his law Degree and his Bachelor of Arts in Rhetoric from Drake University. While at Drake Law School Mr. Rothman excelled in mock trial, where he defeated Harvard Law School to win the ATLA North Eastern Regional mock trial tournament in Boston Massachusetts. He currently practices law in Iowa District and Appellate Courts statewide. Mr. Rothman represents clients against charges in Des Moines as well as throughout Iowa. You can learn more about Daniel’s OWI / DUI services by visiting his OWI specific website at www.owidesmoines.com. Daniel also proudly serves his community as a board member for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Iowa.

 

William Brewer

Attorney William BrewerWilliam Brewer has practiced criminal law since his admission to the state bar in 1982. Mr. Brewer is admitted to the Bar in Iowa, both the Federal Iowa Districts, the Eighth Circuit Federal Appellate Court and in the State of Illinois. Mr. Brewer maintains memberships in the Polk County Bar Association, the Iowa Bar Association, as well as the American Bar Association. He is also a member of the Iowa Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Iowa Association for Justice and the American Association for Justice formerly known as the American Trial Lawyer’s Association. Mr. Brewer served as a prosecutor in Des Moines County Iowa.

 

Attorney Frank StenbachFrank Steinbach III

Frank Steinbach III has been in the practice of law for over 25 years. He is licensed in all jurisdictions in Iowa, including the Iowa Court of Appeals and the Iowa Supreme Court. He has handled numerous cases both in state criminal court and in Federal court. He is licensed to practice in the Federal Courts of the Southern District of Iowa, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. He is a member of the Polk County, Dallas County and Iowa State Bar Associations. He is on the Criminal Justice Act (CJA) panel of attorneys for the Southern District and 8th Circuit Court of Appeals and the Iowa Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

 

Nicholas A. Carda

Nicholas A. CardaNicholas A. Carda has represented clients in a wide array of civil, criminal and administrative law since 2010. Nick is a general practice attorney that focuses on the areas of OWI’s, Criminal Defense, Landlord-Tenant Disputes, Civil Litigation and Personal Injury.  He has successfully tried both civil and criminal jury trials and has appealed several civil and criminal matters.  The Court of Appeals found his arguments to be persuasive and held that nearly $400,000 should be returned to an estate by the son of the deceased who Nick argued had exerted undue influence on his mother during her lifetime.   He has also fought for his clients’ rights at the trial court level and on appeal regarding such areas as 4th Amendment search and seizure law and the measure of damages regarding inverse condemnation claims against governmental entities. 

 

Recent News

10-6-20: Nicholas Carda’s client had his driver’s license revoked while he was in the hospital for several weeks. The Administrative Law Judge agreed with Nick’s arguments that the unique circumstances of this case warranted a reversal of the DOT’s decision to immediately revoke his license without giving the client an opportunity for a hearing. The revocation was set aside so that the client may be heard.

 

10-2-20: Nicholas Carda’s client was charged with Child Endangerment in Poweshiek County. Nick worked diligently for the client on his case for over a year after the incident pointing out weaknesses , arguing facts and going through several hearings before the State finally agreed to dismiss the case. As the charge was dismissed, the client will be able to get it expunged from his public record.

 

9-16-20: Daniel Rothman argued that his client’s rights were violated when police officers in Dallas county made an illegal traffic stop and seizure of the client. The Dallas county judge that heard the matter, agreed and suppressed all evidence obtained by the state. As a result, the client’s OWI and weapons charges were dismissed with prejudice. Also, the IDOT must now withdraw the OWI sanction from the client’s DOT record and reinstate his driving privileges in full

 

7-10-20: Daniel Rothman represented a client who was charged with rioting charges related to a Black Lives Matter protest at Merle Hay mall. After seeing all the facts, the state realized that they could not prove the charges at trial and so they dismissed all charges. The defendant can also file a motion to expunge that fact that he was charged at all so that his record will be completely clear of this allegation.

 

5-21-2020: Daniel Rothman’s client was charged with domestic assault causing injury in Polk County. Daniel noted numerous issues with the state’s case. The prosecutor agreed to dismiss the case in its entirety and thereby cancel the no contact order. As the case was dismissed by the state the client will have no conviction and can even have the arrest and charge expunged off of the public record.

 

03-02-20: Daniel Rothman’s client took a deal for a public intoxication charge, that can be expunged off his record and will not effect his DOT record. Although he tested above the legal limit the jury refused to convict and after a mistrial was ordered by the judge, the State decided not to try the case again.

 

02-24-20: A Polk county prosecutor decided to offer a reduction to public intoxication, from the OWI charge, as they did not think they would win at trial. Although the client had a great chance to win the trial they decided to take the deal as they needed to move out of state for work.

 

9-4-19: Nicholas Carda’s client was charged with an assault in Polk County. Nick asserted a self-defense argument and discussed other flaws in the case with the prosecutor. The prosecutor agreed to dismiss the case in its entirety and even to have the state pay the court costs on the matter.

 

7-18-19: Nicholas Carda’s client was charged with Driving While Revoked in Boone county, and was facing jail time. After working diligently on the case for many months, the prosecutor dismissed all charges.

 

5-28-19: Daniel Rothman represented a client who was charged with aggravated misdemeanor child endangerment. Although the state made several offers to resolve the case they would not dismiss the matter. The client insisted on a trial or dismissal to clear her name. We showed numerous scientific and testimonial inconsistences to destroy the credibility of the state’s case. The client was found not guilty of all charges

 

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