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Nichole A. Carper

Criminal defense Attorney at Sioux Falls, SD

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Nichole earned her law degree from the University of South Dakota School of Law in 1996, and has been practicing law in the Sioux Falls area ever since. Prior to law school, Nichole attended Augustana College, where she obtained her degree in Government and International Affairs. Nichole is admitted into practice in the State Bar of South Dakota since 1996, and has represented people in cases across the State of South Dakota in matters ranging from felony drug charges to helping people gain custodial and visitation rights. She has been involved in numerous criminal and civil appeals to the South Dakota Supreme Court, and made oral argument to the South Dakota Supreme Court.

Nichole is also admitted to the United States Federal District Court, as well as the United States District Court of Appeals for the Eighth Judicial Circuit. She is also a panel criminal defense attorney for the federal court system, and has represented clients in a wide variety of criminal prosecutions, including illegal entry cases. 

Nichole is an active member of the South Dakota Bar Association, where she has participated on various committees and also served as a South Dakota Bar Commissioner. She is a member of the South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association and the South Dakota Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. She is a former President of Women in Law for the Sioux Falls area and is involved in the Second Judicial Circuit Bar Association. 

Nichole grew up on beautiful Lake Kampeska in Watertown, South Dakota. She currently lives in Sioux Falls with her husband, two children and three dogs. She and her family enjoy spending time at the lake, movies, and traveling together.

Licensed for 26 years
State SD
Status Active
Acquired 1996
Updated 03/21/2013

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Burd & Carper, Attorneys at Law
601 S. Cliff Avenue
Suite A
Sioux Falls, SD, 57104


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  • Free Consultation 45 minutes
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 9.2 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Burd & Carper
  • 2017 - Present
  • Owner
  • Nichole A. Carper, Attorney at Law
  • 2001 - 2017
  • Attorney
  • Minnehaha County Public Defender's Office
  • 1996 - 2001


  • University of South Dakota School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • Augustana College (Sioux Falls, SD)
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1993


  • South Dakota Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals
  • member
  • 2007 - Present
  • United State's District Court of South Dakota
  • member
  • 2003 - Present
  • South Dakota State Bar
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • Second Judicial Circuit Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • South Dakota State Bar
  • Commissioner
  • 2008 - 2011
  • Women in Law- Second Judicial Circuit
  • President
  • 2002 - 2003
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorneys In South Dakota
  • National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 2018
  • Notable
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
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Sioux Falls Criminal defense Lawyer Nichole A. Carper
Nichole A. Carper
Criminal defense Attorney
Sioux Falls, SD
Licensed for 26 years
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