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Des Moines Criminal Attorneys

Being arrested for a criminal offense can affect a person in numerous and significant ways. As a result, having an experienced attorney assist you, can make all the difference. Moreover, knowing your rights will enable you to make the right decisions about your case.

 

The criminal defense attorneys of McEnroe, Gotsdiner, Brewer, Steinbach & Rothman have a combined 72 years of experience in practicing criminal law. Their experience comes from years of work as defense attorneys and formerly as prosecuting attorneys in Polk, Story and Des Moines County. Our attorneys know that criminal charges can have life changing consequences on people and our attorneys recognize that these cases must be handled with absolute dedication to ensure that our client’s rights are not impeded and that they receive a just resolution to their case.

 

If you are in custody, contact our office before answering any questions.

 

We help clients with all levels of criminal charges including homicide via allegations of murder or manslaughter; narcotic offenses ranging from possession of marijuana to possession with intent, distribution and manufacturing; assault including domestic assault and sex assault; Robbery; burglary; Theft fraud or forgery; Firearms or weapon offense; prostitution; and DUI/OWI traffic offenses.

 


Recent News

10-4-17: An administrative law judge agreed with Daniel Rothman’s argument that an officer had denied the client his full and timely phone call rights as required by Iowa Code Section 804.20. The Judge ordered the DOT to reinstate the driving privileges of the client and remove the OWI from the client’s DOT record.

 

7-12-17: Daniel Rothman’s client was charged with felony level Domestic Assault via strangulation and was facing 5 years in prison. After a long fight, including collecting evidence for the client’s justification defense, the state agreed to amend the charge to a simple misdemeanor disorderly conduct and a fine, with no jail or probation.

 

6-27-17: A client represented by Daniel Rothman, had their drug charges dismissed. One of the numerous issues was that the officer did not correctly execute the warrant, on the home where the drugs were found.

 

6-26-17: Daniel Rothman’s client was charged with possession of cocaine and weapons charges in Polk county. The client was able to avoid being convicted of any charge which also saved his CDL. He would have lost the CDL if he had been convicted of the drug charge.

 

6-24-17: Daniel Rothman showed that an officer had lied under oath about his client’s case. The judge ruled that the officer had lost all credibility and therefore all evidence collected in the case must be thrown out. The prosecutor indicated that the case must be dismissed. The client’s driving privileges will also be restored and the fact that the client was even charged will be expunged from the public record.

 

4-17-17:An administrative law judge agreed with Daniel Rothman’s argument that an officer had violated the “two-hour rule” from Iowa Code Section 321J.6. As a result, the Judge ordered the DOT to reinstate the driving privileges of the client and remove the OWI from the client’s DOT record.

 

2-10-17: Daniel Rothman argued a motion to dismiss alleging that the State violated Iowa Rule of Criminal Procedure 2.33. The State did not comply with its filing obligations and the Judge dismissed the entire case. The case was dismissed with prejudice, so the State cannot try to refile the charges.

 

11-2-16: Daniel Rothman’s client was charged with Domestic Abuse Assault. After the case had been pending for several months, the prosecutor finally dismissed the case and even assessed the court costs to the state.

 

10-19-16: Daniel Rothman’s client was charged with theft at a Target store. After numerous flaws in the State’s case were pointed out, the prosecutor decided to dismiss the case.

 

9-29-16: Daniel Rothman and Frank Steinbach’s client was facing an assault charge, resulting from an incident at a local bar. The prosecutor was shown that there were many issues with their case and they finally decided to dismiss the case, on the morning of trial.

 

9-27-16: Daniel Rothman filed a motion to suppress evidence in a case where his client was charged with Felony Possession with Intent to Deliver Narcotics.  Officers found an UZI in plain view but the motion, alleging that they did not follow correct procedures, was granted.  All evidence of the gun and drugs found, were thrown out and the State's case had to be dismissed.

 

9-13-16: Bill Brewer's client was investigated for murder in the death of someone that the client allegedly punched in the head.  After Mr. Brewer met with the State and discussed the flaws in their case, including medical issues, the State decided to only charge the client with simple misdemeanor assault, the lowest level of crime in Iowa, punishable by no more than 30 days in county jail.

 

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