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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

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.

 

8-22-19: A Polk County prosecutor dismissed an OWI charge against Daniel Rothman’s client without a court hearing. They did so after it was shown to the prosecutor that there were filing deadline issues that would lead to a court ordered dismissal if the state fought the case.

 

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.

 

6-6-19: Daniel Rothman’s client had their OWI 2nd case dismissed and the dot withdrew all sanctions as the officer violated the client’s 804.20 rights. The officer claimed to have informed the client about their phone call rights but the video footage showed that the officer did not and that she lied about doing so in her official police reports.

 

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

 

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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