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Nicholas A. Carda

Nicholas A. CardaNicholas A. Carda
Civil & Criminal Defense Law
ncarda@mcenroelaw.com

Phone: (515) 267-9000

Fax: (515) 267-8100

 

Nicholas 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. 

 

Additionally, he has represented clients in various areas including criminal suppression hearings, Department of Transportation license revocation appeals, appeals of revocation of permit to carry, restoration of firearm rights and relief from disabilities, civil rights commission complaint, parole reinstatement, appeal and defense of child abuse findings and modification of sex offender registry placement.  Nick previously practiced law in South Dakota in the area of insurance defense, is a former Assistant City Attorney for the City of Indianola, has written a bill that passed the Iowa House of Representatives and co-presented a class to educate other lawyers on gun rights and permits.

 

Education

  • University of South Dakota School of Law (J.D. 2010)
    • President of Trial Team
    • Vice President Alternative Dispute Resolution Board
  • University of South Dakota (B.A. 2007)

 

Member of:

  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • State Bar of South Dakota
  • Iowa Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyer Association
    • Top 40 under 40 Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Indianola Young Professionals, Co-Chair

Representative Cases

  • Rupert v. City of Rapid City, 827 N.W.2d 55  (S.D. 2013)
  • State v. Ripperger, 880 N.W.2d 518 (Iowa Ct. App. 2016)
  • In re the matter of the Estate of Hadsall, 2019 WL 1056803 (Iowa Ct. App 2019)

 

Bar Admissions

  • South Dakota State Bar
  • Iowa State Bar
  • United States District Court, District of South Dakota


Recent News

11-19-20: 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.

 

10-6-20: 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.

 

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