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Daniel J. Rothman

Dan RothmanDaniel J. Rothman
Criminal Defense Law
drothman@mcenroelaw.com

Phone: (515) 267-9000

Fax: (515) 267-8100

 

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 Attorneys’ 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 dui specific website at www.mgbsowi.com. Daniel also proudly serves his community as a board member for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Iowa.

 

Practicing In:

Criminal Law

  • OWI / DUI
  • Traffic tickets & Driver's License sanction Matters
  • Narcotics: Delivery or Possession
  • Assault
  • Theft / Forgery
  • Burglary
  • Robbery
  • Sexual Assault
  • Arson
  • Vice
  • Public Intoxication
  • Any criminal charge

Juvenile Law

  • Juvenile Court Criminal Charges
  • Child in Need of Assistance Actions
  • Parental Rights Termination
  • Adoptions
  • Sealing of Juvenile Court Records

Representative Cases

  • State v. Walker, 804 N.W.2d 284 (Iowa Supreme Court, 2011)
  • State v. Keller, 760 N.W.2d 451 (Iowa Supreme Court, 2009)
  • State v. Hutton, 796 N.W.2d 898 (Iowa Supreme Court, 2011)

Past Employment

  • Assistant Polk County Attorney – OWI Division 2007-09
  • Assistant Story County Attorney – General Criminal 2002-07

Bar Admissions

  • Iowa State Bar 2002
  • U.S. Southern District of Iowa

The National Trial Lawyers

Recent News

3-9-2021: Daniel Rothman’s client was charged with domestic assault causing injury in Polk County. Daniel pushed the issue employing an effective strategy. The prosecutor agreed to dismiss the case in its entirety. As the case was dismissed by the state the client will have no conviction and can even have the arrest and charge expunged off all public records.

 

11-19-2020: Frank Steinbach argued that his client’s rights were violated as the State prosecutor neglected to file the charging documentation in the time frame required by the criminal procedure rules. The judge who heard the matter, agreed. As a result the OWI charges were all dismissed and the Court even ordered the state to pay the court costs resulting from the arrest. The client will also have the arrest expunged from his record.

 

10-6-2020: 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.

 

10-2-2020: 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.

 

9-16-2020: 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

 

7-10-2020: 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.

 

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