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Indianapolis Family Law Attorney Blog: I Filed for Divorce in Indiana…What Happens Now?

Monday, September 1, 2014

I’ve Filed for Divorce, Now What?  The 60-Day Waiting Period.  - So you’ve pulled the trigger and filed for divorce.  Taking that first initial step can leave you feeling anywhere from sad, to scared, or maybe even relieved, but often times it leaves people wondering—what happens next? Or, what do I need to do now? […]

Indianapolis Criminal Defense Attorney Blog: Trespass, Residential Entry and Burglary

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Trespass, residential entry and burglary all involve someone invading the property of someone else.  However, the elements to prove each crime and the penalties involved are significantly different.  This week’s blog will take a look at each in order from least serious to most serious. First we start out with the crime of trespass.  Everyone […]

Indianapolis Criminal Defense Attorney Blog: The Habitual Offender Status in Indiana

Sunday, August 17, 2014

A Quick Look at the Habitual Offender Enhancement in Indiana – As many of you are aware, our General Assembly this year passed a comprehensive overhaul of our criminal code.  Some of the changes have been highlighted in previous blogs, and this week’s post takes a look at the habitual offender enhancement in its current […]

Indianapolis Family Law Attorney Blog: A Look at How Emancipation Works in Indiana

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Understanding How Emancipation Works in Child Support Matters – One of the most common calls we receive on family law related matters is in regards to what happens during an emancipation of a child for child support purposes. While most parents feel an obligation to pay child support for as long as they must by […]

Indianapolis Family Law Attorney Blog: How Child Support is Calculated in Indiana

Sunday, August 3, 2014

How is Child Support Calculated in Indiana?   - Have you ever wondered how child support is calculated?  The Indiana Supreme Court has adopted the Indiana Child Support Guidelines which lays out the standards for calculating child support and coincides with the Indiana Code. Under I.C. 31-16-6-1, a court can order either parent, or both parents, […]

Indianapolis Family Law Attorney: If I Get Divorced, What Happens to My Retirement?

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Dividing Retirement Accounts in a Divorce—What exactly is a QDRO and how does it affect you? If you’re in the midst of a divorce, or have just recently been through one, chances are dividing retirement accounts is or was a major source of contention. Under Indiana law, the courts presume an equal division of property. […]

Indianapolis Criminal Defense Attorney Blog: A Look at the New Criminal Code

Sunday, June 29, 2014

This week’s blog topic, the revamping of the Indiana Criminal Code, is a lengthy one.  For those interested in the Indiana Criminal Code though, it is well worth the read.  We start out with the drastic change to the sentencing scheme. Sentencing Class Current (Advisory) Level New (Advisory) Murder 45-65 years (55) Murder 45-65 years […]

Indianapolis Divorce Attorney Blog: Things to Consider When Settling Your Divorce in Indiana

Sunday, June 15, 2014

BEFORE YOU SIGN THOSE DIVORCE PAPERS…CONSIDER THIS… – When every single divorce client comes through our door, one of the first questions they always ask — well, after the emotions explode and then slowly simmer — is, “What do we need to think about when settling my divorce?” And, though factual considerations vary from client to […]

Indianapolis Criminal Defense Attorney Blog: A Look at Charges Arising out of the Indy 500

Friday, May 23, 2014

Indy 500/Memorial Day Blog   “Gentlemen, start your engines!”  Those four iconic words signal the beginning of the Indianapolis 500, the main event of an entire month built around The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.  Events like concerts, party tents, and other gatherings, including the famed “Snake Pit” – sometimes known as The Greatest Spectacle in […]

Indianapolis Criminal Defense Attorney Blog: The Top 5 Misconceptions on Criminal Warrants

Sunday, May 18, 2014

The Top 5 Misguided Misconceptions about Warrants:  - One of the most common phone calls we get in our criminal defense office is from random defendants asking questions about an open warrant for their arrest. Obviously, and understandably, they are scared and want to know all the options. Typically what they think they know and […]

Bloomington, Indiana, Criminal Defense Attorney Blog: Arrested at Little 5…Now What?

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Arrested at Little Five in Bloomington? Now What? – Though many parents would like to deny it, almost every single college kid is either drinking underage at some point, or partaking in some type of lawless behavior — just usually in the privacy of their own apartments, dorms, or friends’ houses. Yet, without fail, that […]

Banks & Brower announce they are hiring for position of Associate Attorney

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Banks & Brower are accepting resumes for the position of Associate Attorney.  The ideal candidate will have experience in Criminal and Family Law.  Litigation experience is required.  All applications should be received no later than April 25th.  Pay will be commensurate with experience.  The position will have retirement benefits but no health insurance will be […]

Indianapolis Criminal Defense Attorney Blog: A Look at Racketeering and Corrupt Business Influence

Sunday, April 13, 2014

For this week’s blog we take a look at one of Indiana’s most comprehensive white collar crime charges.  Racketeering and the crime of Corrupt Business Influence govern much of the “white collar” crime in Indiana.  To understand this charge we must first start with the definition of racketeering. The legislature explained racketeering when it legislatively […]

Indianapolis Criminal Defense Attorney Blog: My Child Was Arrested, Now What??!?

Sunday, April 6, 2014

My Son or Daughter Was Arrested, I Need Help…What Should I Do?!!?? – One of the worst phone calls a parent can receive is a collect call from a jail and a familiar voice on the other line, saying, “Mom and Dad, I did something really stupid, and I got arrested last night.” While you […]

Indianapolis Criminal Defense Attorney Blog: Public Intoxication: Not Just Drunk in Public Anymore, but Still a More Serious Crime than Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Today our blog looks at one of the more common criminal charges Public Intoxication.  Especially in central Indiana we see this charge with a high level of frequency.  This is due in part to us having great venues like Lucas Oil Stadium, Bankers Life Fieldhouse and Klipsch Music Center.  We have these great venues, with […]

Indianapolis Criminal Defense Attorney Blog: Drugs are Broken Down by Schedule I, II, III, IV, or V a Look at What That Means

Friday, February 21, 2014

In this week’s blog, we examine how the Indiana Criminal Code categorizes different controlled substance and what are the differences which cause substances to fall under different substance schedules. First and foremost, Indiana law, similarly to federal law, has adopted a classification system which is based on different schedules. These schedules are based upon various […]

Indianapolis Criminal Defense Attorney Blog: A Look at Drug Related Crimes

Friday, February 7, 2014

Offense Related to Controlled Substances              In this blog, we take a look at some of the offense involving controlled substances. The most common criminal acts related to controlled substances involve dealing, possessing, or manufacturing the controlled substance. The level of severity varies with both the specific act and the type of controlled substance involved. […]

Fishers Satellite Office NOW OPEN

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Banks & Brower’s Fishers satellite office is now open for appointments. The main office remains on 96th Street in Indianapolis. The Fishers office is located near 141st and S.R. 37 and will be by appointment only. If you call to make an appointment and the Fishers’ location is more convenient to you, simply let our […]

A Look at Indiana’s Small Claims Process

Thursday, January 30, 2014

We’ve all seen it on TV, two parties yelling at each other before a judge like Judge Judy, Judge Joe Brown, or Judge Mathis. And, inevitably, the judge yells back, makes both parties feel stupid, and then arbitrarily picks a side to believe. Then, most enjoyably, there is a post-proceeding interview with an awkward engagement […]

Indianapolis Criminal Defense Attorney Blog: A Look at the Serious Violent Felon

Sunday, December 8, 2013

CHARGED WITH A CRIME CLICK HERE TO CONTACT US NOW!   This weeks blog looks at Indiana’s Serious Violent Felon Law.  The serious violent felon statute was created with the idea of making it a very serious matter if someone that is convicted of a serious violent felony later possess a firearm.  The idea being, […]

Indianapolis Criminal Defense Attorney Blog: Conversion, Theft, and Auto Theft

Sunday, November 10, 2013

 Charged with a Theft related crime click here to contact us now! This article has been superseded by the new Indiana laws that took effect in July 2014. Click here to read about the new laws. Indiana’s current statutory scheme places stealing something from someone into three possible categories.  These categories are conversion, theft, and auto […]

Indianapolis Domestic Violence Lawyer Blog: Common Domestic Violence Charges in Indiana

Friday, November 1, 2013

Understanding Domestic Violence Charges in Indiana – Domestic violence is one of those topics that is very tough to discuss. Many times it occurs, unnoticed and uncharged — a perpetual and vicious cycle of abuse. Often times, many victims suffer greatly and fear reprisal or increased violence if they come forward — and thus the […]

Indianapolis Sex Crimes Lawyer Blog – The Most Commonly Charged Sex Crimes in Indiana

Friday, October 18, 2013

Understanding Indiana Sex Crimes and Their Penalties – Other than Murder, sex crimes carry the biggest stigma and life changing penalties. Being accused, alone, is a life changing event — whether you are found guilty or not, unfortunately. Moreover, most sex crimes carry with them life altering ramifications such as sex registrations under I.C. 11-8-8, restrictions […]

Indianapolis Criminal Defense Lawyer Blog: Charged with Murder, Now What?

Sunday, October 13, 2013

The stakes couldn’t be higher.  You have been charged with the most serious offense in Indiana Law.  All other felonies are either an 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 level felony, except murder.  Murder has its own category and therefore, its own level of penalty.  The maximum penalty for Murder is 65 years in […]

Indianapolis Family Law Attorney Blog: How to Establish Paternity in Indiana

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Establishing Paternity for a Child in Indiana – Whenever people hear the word paternity, they immediately think of Maury Povich and the infamous….”the results are in, and……. you ARE the father!” Of course that’s followed by tears, fists being thrown, cussing, and screaming, etc., etc. However, what most people don’t realize is that paternity, the […]

Indianapolis Criminal Defense Lawyer Blog: What is a Diversion? Do I Qualify?

Sunday, September 15, 2013

So you have been arrested and charged with a misdemeanor.  You are likely a little scared and confused.  Most of all you are concerned about have a criminal conviction on your record.  Before you lose too much sleep, you might just qualify for a Diversion Agreement also referred to as Pre-trial Diversion.   What is […]

Indianapolis Criminal Defense Attorney Blog: The Common Arrests at Lucas Oil Stadium

Friday, September 6, 2013

Understanding the Most Common Arrests at Lucas Oil Stadium – One of best things to do during the fall season in Indianapolis is to go to Lucas Oil Stadium during NFL season and watch the Colts play (and ignore those Chicago Bears fans that would argue to the contrary). Whether you are a sports fan or […]

Indianapolis Attorney Blog: Understanding Attorney Fees

Sunday, August 18, 2013

It’s probably the most common question any private lawyer serving personal clients gets, “how much are your fees.”  This common question has an answer that is very much dependent on your unique legal situation.  No two legal cases are the same.  How your case will proceed and how the opposing side will respond is going […]

Banks & Brower Announces the Scholarship Recipient

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Congratulations to Laura Weiss the first recipient of the annual Banks & Brower, LLC College Scholarship.  The scholarship required admission to a university and a demonstration of having overcome an extreme hardship.  Below, the picture, read Laura’s inspiring story.  Congratulations Laura and best of luck!                 Banks & […]

Indianapolis Criminal Defense Attorney Blog: A Look At Indiana’s Self-defense Law

Sunday, July 21, 2013

In light of the George Zimmerman Trayvon Martin trial, Florida’s stand your ground and self defense law has been front and center in the public discourse. That makes it the perfect time to look at Indiana’s self-defense law. The Indiana legislature felt so strongly about the right to self-defense that they put in the legislation […]

Understanding Indiana’s Laws on Fireworks

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Those Lame Sparkler Days are Over – Let the Rockets Fly!!! – Many people recall the days in Indiana when large, aerial based consumer fireworks were off limits to residents within Indiana’s boundaries. Each time you bought one of the larger, consumer fireworks (not the notoriously lame and legal sparklers, ground spinners, cone fountains, wheels, […]

Indianapolis Traffic Attorney – Petitioning for a Hardship License

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Indiana Traffic Attorney Blog: Filing for a Hardship License under I.C. 9-24-15 – Do you find yourself facing a suspension of your license for a significant period of time? Are you worried about how that suspension may place a significant hardship on your ability to make a living and function day to day? Don’t worry, […]

Factors to Consider when Hiring an Indianapolis Criminal Law Attorney or Lawyer

Thursday, June 20, 2013

  So the worst has happened.  The police have arrested you.  You are confused, scared, and shocked.  You don’t believe you have done anything wrong, but the police have built a case against you and now you are facing possible prison time.  Your very freedom is at stake.  When you are facing such a dilemma, […]

Indianapolis Traffic Attorney Blog: What is a Habitual Traffic Violator?

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Labeled a Habitual Traffic Violator? Now What? – When you hear the term Habitual Traffic Violator, you almost cringe. It sounds terrible and it invokes images of a horribly reckless driver with a driving record as long as the Dead Sea Scrolls. What most people don’t realize is that it doesn’t take much to earn […]

Indianapolis Divorce Attorney Blog: A Look at Division of Assets

Sunday, June 2, 2013

When someone comes in to our office for a consultation about a divorce, one of the most frequent questions/concerns is how will our assets be split up.  Clients tend to focus on who the asset is titled to and/or who paid for or purchased the asset.  The law looks at assets differently.  Indiana Code gives […]

Understanding Federal Court and its Federal Sentencing Guidelines

Friday, May 24, 2013

Federal Court, Federal Crimes & Federal Sentencing – A great lawyer once said, “If the criminal justice system was compared to baseball, being charged at the state level would be tee-ball league. Being charged at the federal level would be the majors.”  Whether it’s the complex rules of procedure, the nuanced statutory offenses, the detailed […]

Understanding Miranda and Your Rights

Saturday, May 18, 2013

We have all heard the warnings on TV or in the movies.  You have the right to remain silent, you have the right to an attorney…  The infamous Miranda Rights.  Why are they called Miranda rights?  Because  the United States Supreme Court decided a case entitled Miranda vs. the State of Arizona.  In that case, […]

Negotiating CDL Tickets vs. Masking Serious CDL Convictions

Friday, May 10, 2013

The Debate over “Masking” Serious CDL Convictions – As every single CDL driver knows, without a license to drive, you can’t make money. That’s obvious, right? What every CDL driver doesn’t realize, however, is that many states issue infractions that could easily lead to you losing your license. In fact, as we have discussed in […]

Banks & Brower, LLC Announces its 1st Annual College Scholarship

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Banks & Brower, LLC Announces its First Annual College Scholarship   Banks & Brower, LLC takes being productive and active members of the community very seriously.  In support of that effort, we are announcing our 1st annual college scholarship.  We will award a $1000.00 scholarship to one student to help with the student’s post-secondary school […]

Personal Injury Cases

Sunday, May 5, 2013

We have all heard about the big dollar cases like the old lady who spilled coffee on herself and then sued McDonald’s only to be awarded millions.  When we hear about cases like that we wonder, why on Earth would McDonald’s owe someone money for having spilled coffee on themselves? We will use this blog to explain how a personal […]

Underage Alcohol Offenses (i.e. Minor Consumption, False I.D., etc.)

Friday, April 26, 2013

Been There, Done That, Right? – If we are all honest with one another, many of us have committed crimes that involved the use of alcohol when we weren’t of age to drink yet (whether we were caught or not!). That could be while we were in college or hanging out with our underage buddies […]

The Crime of Battery

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Batteries Aren’t Just Found in Your Junk Drawer –                 Many of us have been in a physical altercation of some type, if we admit it. Whether as a child, on the playground in middle school, with our sibling, our best friend, and, maybe, as an adult after a couple of drinks. Most people perceive […]

Adam Brower Named to Brownsburg School Board

Monday, April 8, 2013

Owner/Partner Adam Brower, in a meeting of the Board this evening, was named to the Brownsburg Community Schools Corporation School Board.  The firm of Banks & Brower takes very seriously its commitment to serve the communities it works and lives in.  Congratulations to Adam for taking on this great responsibility.

A Summary of the Proposed Changes to the Indiana Criminal Code

Sunday, April 7, 2013

We have read a lot of news articles discussing the significant overhaul to the Indiana Criminal Code.  In this blog we will summarize the proposed changes.  If passed this will represent the first major changes to the criminal code in more than 30 years.  Historically, changes have been made piecemeal, making for a very confusing […]

Texting & Driving: We All Do It

Thursday, March 28, 2013

The State’s Struggle to Enforce a Poorly Written Law – Everyone does it, whether you admit to it publicly or not. In fact, so many people do it, if you are savvy enough on the roads, you can look around and probably see 5 out of 10 drivers doing it every morning on the way […]

Divorce 101

Sunday, March 24, 2013

In past blogs we have looked at particular issues like custody and visitation, we have also answered FAQ‘s.  Today we take a look at the nuts and bolts.  What are the procedures?  How does the process work?  Why does a divorce take so long? I.  Filing The first step in the process that gets the […]

Grandparent Child Visitation Rights in Indiana

Monday, March 11, 2013

So you are a grandparent, you love your grandchildren, and you cherish the time you spend with them.  Then, suddenly your grandchildren’s parents divorce or even worse, pass away.  What happens?  Do you still get to see your grandchildren?  When life’s circumstances change your role as a grandparent, you hope everyone deals with  things with […]

Understanding Indiana Driver’s License Point System

Friday, March 1, 2013

What to do When Facing Points or Suspensions on Your License: – Almost every single person that has driven a motor vehicle has been pulled over at some point by a police officer — whether wrongfully or rightfully, it happens unfortunately. Nevertheless, what most people don’t realize is that for every moving violation you are […]

Marijuana Laws In Indiana

Sunday, February 24, 2013

This blog has been superseded by the new July 2014 Indiana Laws. Stay tuned for a new update reflecting on the new laws.   The legalization of marijuana is a hot topic that states all across the country are taking different approaches on.  Some states have legalized it in small amounts or if it is […]

Posting Bonds in Criminal Cases

Monday, February 18, 2013

How the Bonding Process Works in Criminal Cases: – Almost everyone alive has heard of the words “bond” or “bail” as used in the criminal law setting. Many of us have heard about them while watching our favorite Western or Criminal Law show on TV — but did you know there are multiple types of […]

Child Custody What the Court Considers

Monday, February 11, 2013

Indiana law has a very broad standard when it comes to deciding child custody.  In a nutshell, when custody of a child is at issue the court is to do “what is in the best interest of the child.”  So what does that mean? The law starts out by making it clear that there is […]

Alternative Misdemeanor Sentencing

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Alleviating the Sting of a Felony Conviction – Everyone knows that being convicted of a felony is one of the most difficult things a person can deal with in their life. Besides the fact that you can face hefty jail sentences, fines, and court ordered restrictions, there are other consequential impacts that many never think […]

Divorce FAQ’s

Sunday, January 27, 2013

  Q:  How long must I live in Indiana in order to file for divorce? A:  In order to file for divorce, one of the parties must have resided in Indiana for at least 6 months.  Additionally, you must have resided in the County you choose to file in for at least 3 months.   […]

Arrested? Now What are the Possible Penalties?

Monday, January 14, 2013

Once someone has been arrested they normally have a period of time where they experience shock and disbelief.  This reaction quickly turns into an emotion of fearing the possible penalties for the allegations that have been made.  In this blog we will run through the potential penalties for the various levels of crime. First we […]

Banks & Brower, LLC

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

  NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release Banks & Brower open for business on northwest side of Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN (January 7, 2013) Local attorneys Brad Banks, J.D. and Adam Brower, J.D. have recently opened their legal practice, Banks & Brower, in northwest Indianapolis.  Banks & Brower practice areas include: criminal, DUI, family law, business law, […]

Understanding the Importance of Field Sobriety Testing During a DUI Arrest

Monday, December 24, 2012

How Standardized Field Sobriety Tests Impact the Validity of Your DUI Arrest.  - As part of almost every single DUI arrest an officer typically will  use roadside Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) as a way to determine a driver’s level of intoxication. In fact, often times an officer will use the results of those SFST’s […]

Summary of the Proposed Changes to Indiana’s Parenting Time Guidelines

Monday, December 24, 2012

A Summary of the Pending Proposed Changes to the Indiana’s Parenting Time Guidelines The parenting time guidelines have been utilized as a guidepost for attorneys and divorcing parents for years.  Currently, there are a number of changes that have been proposed to these guidelines.  This blog post seeks to summarize the significant proposed changes.  To […]

Wills and Advance Directives. What Are They and Who Needs Them?

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Wills and Advance Directives.  What Are They and Why You Need Them   The topic of wills and advance directives is one people don’t like to think about because it involves thinking about the end of life.  However, that is exactly why you should think about it.  Death can come at any time, life is […]

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