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Indianapolis Family Law Attorney Blog: A Look at How Social Media Affects Your Divorce

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Indianapolis Divorce Attorney Blog: The Impact of Social Media on Custody and Support – As social media has become more prevalent in the recent years, it is now commonplace for attorneys to access social media and networking sites, such as Facebook, MySpace, Instagram, Twitter, and personal blogs, as a manner for obtaining evidence for divorce, […]

Indianapolis Criminal Defense Attorney Blog: The Crime of Identity Deception

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Indianapolis Criminal Defense Attorney Blog:  A look at the Crime of Identity Deception It has been in the news over and over again recently.  Home Depot, Target, and most recently Anthem.  In this digital age we are living in, it is a constant cat and mouse game between those that hold our personal information and […]

Indianapolis Family Law Attorney Blog: A Look at Spousal Maintenance in Indiana

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Indiana’s Spousal Maintenance Statute:  Can I get support after my divorce is final? – Does Indiana have alimony?  What about spousal support?  Most of us have heard the terms alimony or spousal support and most are aware the terms are used to define support that is given from one spouse to the other as part […]

Indianapolis Criminal Defense Attorney Blog: DUI Checkpoints…Are they Constitutional?

Sunday, March 1, 2015

A Quick Look at Sobriety Checkpoints   – You’re cruising along late Friday night, headed home after a nice dinner with some friends.  All of a sudden you notice flashing lights up ahead.  As you get closer you see police officers amongst cones and barrels, directing some approaching vehicles into a parking lot as part of […]

Indianapolis Criminal Defense Attorney Blog – A Look at Teen Sexting, a Surprising Crime

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Teen Sexting – An Epidemic as Well as a Criminal Offense – While the exchange of erotic information and/or pornographic material from one person to another has been going on for decades, with the advent of technology (specifically smart phones), the ease at which one can do it has grown exponentially. This has become ever […]

Indianapolis Criminal Defense Attorney Blog: Possession and Dealing in Methamphetamine

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Possession and Dealing in Methamphetamine – No matter how you have become familiar with the term “meth,” it’s hard to argue against the growing exposure of our culture to it. For anyone that has gone to the drug store to purchase Sudafed, an over the counter cold medicine often used to make meth, often times […]

Indianapolis Criminal Defense Attorney Blog: Possession and Dealing of Heroin

Sunday, January 18, 2015

A Look at Possession and Dealing in Heroin   Before we take a look at the crimes of possession and dealing in heroin we will look at a little background information on the drug itself.  According to the National Institute on Drug abuse, “Heroin is an opioid drug that is synthesized from morphine, a naturally […]

Indiana Professional Licensing Attorneys Blog: A Look at How Complaints are Filed Against Your Professional License

Monday, January 12, 2015

You’ve Received a Complaint against your Professional License:  Now what?   Are you a licensed professional?  Have you ever received a letter from the Office of the Indiana Attorney General regarding a professional complaint?  If you have, I’m sure you are desperately searching the internet for answers. We are glad you landed here. Regardless of […]

Indianapolis Criminal Defense Attorney Blog: A Look at How Appeals Work in Indiana

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Indianapolis Appellate Attorney Blog – Should I File an Appeal, and How Does an Appeal Work?  – Many people (or loved ones) call our office after being convicted of or sentenced for a crime. They want to know what, if anything, may be done to undo what has occurred or to minimize the effects.  Occasionally […]

Indianapolis Traffic Attorney Blog: Indiana’s New Specialized Driving Privilege

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Specialized Driving Privileges:  Indiana’s New Hardship License -. Have you been patiently (or impatiently!!!) sitting by the sidelines unable to drive for what seems like forever? Or, have you been driving when you aren’t supposed to, constantly checking your rear-view mirror for police officers? Well it appears there may be good news on the horizon. In […]

Indianapolis Criminal Defense Attorney Blog: A Look at How Parole Works in Indiana

Sunday, December 7, 2014

What is Parole in Indiana? _  Parole is similar to probation in many ways, but there are important distinctions that are important for persons facing time in the Indiana Department of Correction to understand.  In many cases parole will follow completion of one’s executed sentence.  An executed sentence may be any number of years served […]

Indianapolis Criminal Defense Attorney Blog: The Crimes of Intimidation and Harassment

Saturday, November 29, 2014

A Quick Look at Indiana’s Statutes on Intimidation, Harassment, and Stalking – Before you post that nasty comment about someone on Facebook, or before cyber stalk…you might want to think about whether that communication or internet spying might cross the line. This week’s blog will focus on two of the most common communication-based criminal charges: intimidation and harassment,both of which […]

Indianapolis Family Law Attorney Blog: A Look at Filing for Child Support Modification

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Can I modify my child support order? – If you’re a party to a child support order, you may wonder if that order can ever be modified.  The answer is yes—Indiana allows, under certain circumstances, for modification of a child support order.  If you are going through a divorce, a custody proceeding, or attempting to […]

Indianapolis Criminal Defense Attorney Blog: A Look at Federal Detention Hearings

Sunday, November 16, 2014

What is a Federal Detention Hearing   In state court many times a defendant will have a bond review hearing and the state court will decide what bond a person must post prior to being released.  It can be a cash or surety bond or a combination of both.  (see our previous blog on bonds).  […]

Indianapolis Traffic Attorney Blog: Erasing Your Indiana Driving Record

Monday, October 27, 2014

Restricting your Driving Record Under certain circumstances, Indiana law allows you to restrict disclosure of your driving record.  The most common reason you may find yourself wanting to seal your driving record is job related.   IC 34-28-5 allows an individual to petition the court to prohibit disclosure of infraction records. What is an infraction?  Black’s Law […]

Indianapolis Family Law Attorney Blog – A Look at Indiana’s Relocation Statute

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Relocation of a Custodial Parent  – If you’re a custodial parent thinking about moving, you need to be aware of the Notice of Intent to Relocate statute under I.C. 31-17-2.2, which lays out specific requirements that a parent must follow in order to relocate.  Anyone who is subject to a custody order, parenting time order, […]

Indianapolis Criminal Defense Attorney Blog: A Look at Indiana’s Domestic Violence Laws

Sunday, September 21, 2014

With all the media attention from the NFL focusing on the issue of domestic violence, this blog takes a timely look at the domestic violence criminal laws in Indiana.  For those suffering from domestic abuse click on for numerous resources to assist victims of domestic violence. In Indiana domestic related abuse is a separate charge. […]

Indianapolis Criminal Defense Lawyer Blog: A Look at the Changes to Indiana’s Sentencing Guidelines

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Understanding the New Sentencing Guidelines post-07/01/2014 – As many are now aware from our blog highlighting the criminal code changes that took effect on July 1, 2014, one significant aspect of the felony criminal code overhaul is sentencing.  We now have new sentencing ranges, new advisory sentences, new rules regarding suspension of sentences, and new credit […]

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 […]

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