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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

4-17-19: Daniel Rothman’s OWI client tested above the legal limit on the state’s official breath test but he still wanted to have a jury trial. Daniel Rothman argued the matter in Madison county over a 2 day jury trial where the jury could not find the client guilty of OWI, under a driving while impaired or the per se test being above .08. The Jury was split 6-6 and the Court had no choice but to declare a mistrial. It is up to the state to try the matter again or let it go within 90 days.

 

1-28-19: Daniel Rothman represented a client who was charged with a class B forceable felony burglary and assault, which would have led to a 25 year prison sentence. Over a period of 10 months we used depositions to show the flaws in the state’s case including showing that the alleged victim lied under oath. Finally, the state agreed to dismiss all charges.

 

1-10-19: Daniel Rothman’s client was alleged to have committed several charges for dealing drugs. After working on the case for several months, the client’s case was dismissed even though a co-defendant was convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison.

 

12-11-18: A Dallas County Judge ruled that the motion to suppress evidence argued by Daniel Rothman was correct. The Judge held that the officer violated the Defendant’s rights under Iowa Code section 321J.11 The client’s driving privileges will also be restored and the fact that the client was even charged with the OWI will be expunged from the public record.

 

12-7-18: An administrative law judge held that the Daniel Rothman’s client had his rights, under Iowa Code Section 804.20, violated and ordered the IDOT to reinstate the client’s driving privileges.

 

10-18-18: Daniel Rothman showed the state prosecutor that the client’s charges had no merit. The prosecutor indicated to the court that the case must be dismissed. The client’s driving privileges will also be restored and the fact that the client was even charged with the OWI will be expunged from the public record.

 

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