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Indianapolis Criminal Defense Attorney Blog: A Look at the Crimes of Public Indecency

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

A Look at Public Indecency Laws in Indiana – Clothing and fashion don’t serve only to impress and to keep us warm – they also keep us from being charged with crimes in Indiana for showing others what they probably don’t want to see.  Few of us will be surprised that Indiana prohibits the display […]

Indianapolis Attorney Blog: In Town Lawyer vs. Out of Town Attorney

Friday, November 13, 2015

Hiring an In-Town Lawyer vs. an Out of Town Attorney – To hire an in town attorney, or out of town attorney? That is the question. I think Shakespeare asked that in Hamlet….or, something like that. All joking aside, we at Banks & Brower, LLC, are constantly asked this question when people call in looking […]

Indianapolis Divorce Attorney Blog: Often Overlooked Tax and Financial Issues in Your Divorce

Friday, October 30, 2015

Tax and Financial Planning Considerations Often Overlooked in Divorces in Indiana   There are numerous assets and debts involved in a divorce case that are easy to identify, such as real estate, bank and retirement accounts, credit cards, automobiles and household goods and furnishings; however, there are several other potential assets and liabilities that are […]

Indianapolis Criminal Defense Attorney Blog: Veteran’s Court, an Alternative for a Veteran who is Charged with a Criminal Offense

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Indianapolis Criminal Defense Attorney Blog:  Veteran’s Court             Slowly but surely, counties across the State of Indiana are starting to see the benefit to having courts that focus on the root problem of criminal behavior, and attempt to get the offender help and/or treatment.  Many counties have already started mental health courts or drug treatment […]

Indianapolis Criminal Defense Attorney Blog: A Look at Indiana’s Sentencing Enhancements

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Sentencing Enhancements in Indiana Criminal Cases – Most people are aware that any given criminal offense carries with it a range of possible penalties, including jail or prison time.  For example, a Level 3 felony conviction carries the possibility of 3 to 16 years in prison.  What may come as a surprise, especially to one […]

Indianapolis Divorce Attorney Blog: A Look at Same Sex Marriage and Divorce

Monday, October 12, 2015

A Look at How Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage has Resulted in Additional Benefits and Protections  – 2015 is a historic year for same-sex couples.  The U.S. Supreme Court made its final decision on June 26, 2015, in the landmark case titled Obergefell v. Hodges.  This case involved 2 main issues: whether the U.S. Constitution requires a […]

Indianapolis Criminal Defense Attorney Blog: Winning a Criminal Jury Trial

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Indianapolis Criminal Defense Attorney Blog:  Winning a Criminal Jury Trial             It is the foundation of the American criminal justice system.  The jury trial.  You have been accused of a crime and believe you are innocent, it is the ultimate determiner of the facts.  No one can guarantee an outcome in a jury.  If they […]

Indianapolis Criminal Defense Attorney Blog: A Look at the Crime of Escape in Indiana

Monday, September 21, 2015

What Happens if I Flee from Work Release, Home Detention, or a Jail or Prison? – This week’s blog takes a look at the offenses of escape and failure to return to lawful detention.  These offenses are most commonly charged against those serving community corrections sentences, whether in a work release facility or on home […]

Indianapolis Divorce Attorney Blog: A Look at College Expenses in a Divorce

Monday, September 7, 2015

Important Tips to Know for Requesting Contribution for College Expenses – In addition to a normal child support order, one or more parties may request that the court order them to contribute to the postsecondary educational expenses for a child.  Whenever there are divorced parties or parties to a paternity action with one or more […]

Indianapolis Criminal Defense Attorney Blog: Charged With Possession of Handgun in an Airport, A Look at the Law and What to Expect

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Indianapolis Criminal Defense Attorney Blog:  Possession of a Handgun in an Airport   When reading the title to this blog, one was probably thinking to themself, “a gun in an airport, who’d be crazy enough to do that?”  Well you would be surprised.  As more and more people begin carrying firearms for personal protection, more […]

Indianapolis Traffic Attorney Blog: A Look at the Laws Governing Mopeds and Scooters

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Indianapolis Traffic Attorney Blog: Laws Governing Mopeds and Scooters (Motor Driven Cycles) – Have you lost your license and elected to utilize a moped or scooter for transportation?  Indiana, which refers to such vehicles as Motor Driven Cycles (or MDCs), has new requirements for operators of these vehicles.  Riders are now required to register these […]

Indianapolis Divorce Attorney: What Happens After My Divorce is Finalized?

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Indianapolis Divorce Attorney Blog: My Divorce is Finalized, What Happens Next? – In most cases, once your divorce is finalized, there are still several loose ends to tie up.  Whether you and your ex-spouse reached an agreement or you had a judge decide your case, divorce decrees often times impose obligations upon one or both […]

Indianapolis Criminal Defense Attorney Blog: When Drug Addiction Leads to Crime, Drug Treatment Court May be the Answer

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Indianapolis Criminal Defense Attorney Blog:  When Drug Addiction Leads to Criminal Charges, Drug Treatment Court May be the Best Option   All too often drug addiction leads to criminal charges.  Most often charges involve the drugs themselves.  Possession of the drug is many times the first crime an addict will be charged with.  However, other […]

Indianapolis Criminal Defense Attorney Blog: What is a Serious Violent Felon in Indiana?

Sunday, July 19, 2015

What is a Serious Violent Felon, and What Does it Mean? – Being convicted of a felony carries countless consequences for people, regardless of whether or not they actually spend any time in prison.  Aside from the stigma of being labeled a felon, these individuals also lose certain rights and freedoms that the rest of […]

Indiana Expungement Attorney Blog: A Quick Look at Indiana’s Second Chance and Expungement Law

Monday, July 13, 2015

Erasing a Criminal Arrest, Conviction, or Dismissal Record under Indiana’s Second Chance Law – Over the last two years the Indiana Legislature has completed a massive overhaul of expungements. On July 1, 2015, the expungement statutes again went through another change. Indiana 35-38-9 is the statute that governs expungements and sealing of the records related […]

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

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Indianapolis Divorce Attorney Blog: What Does Custody Mean in Indiana? – Whether faced with a divorce or a paternity action, there are many parents who are unsure as to exactly what requesting custody of their children means in Indiana.  To begin, Indiana law separates child custody into 2 categories: 1) legal custody and 2) physical […]

Indianapolis Criminal Defense Attorney Blog: Neglect of a Dependent

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Indianapolis Criminal Defense Attorney Blog:  A Look at the Law of Neglect of a Dependent   Recently in the news(June 2015) there was a video that went viral involving two “ladies” fighting in the aisle way of a local Wal-Mart.  Disturbingly, one of the ladies had a young son that was present that jumped in […]

Indianapolis Family Law Attorney Blog: A Look at Domestic Violence and Divorces

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Indianapolis Divorce Attorney Blog: A Look at Divorce and Domestic Violence   For victims of domestic or family violence, a divorce is typically needed in order to leave the abusive relationship.  There are criminal laws, civil protection laws, and family and domestic laws in Indiana to protect victims of domestic violence, including spouses and children.  […]

Indianapolis Criminal Defense Attorney Blog: The Most Common Arrests at the Indy 500

Monday, May 25, 2015

Indianapolis Criminal Defense Attorney Blog:  Top Ten Things That Will Get You Arrested at the Indy 500 Minor Consumption of Alcohol:  The Speedway is a tradition.  For many that tradition begins when they are a kid.  One of the largest traditions of the Indy 500 is drinking alcohol.  Therefore, it is not surprising that high […]

Indianapolis Traffic Attorney Blog: A Look at the Driver License Compact

Monday, May 18, 2015

The Interstate Licensing Compact:  What is it and how does it affect you?  –  If you’ve ever received a driving ticket in another state, you may have wondered what happens next.  Does that ticket go onto your driving record back home?  Will that ticket put points on your driving record?  Most likely yes to all […]

Indianapolis Divorce Attorney Blog: Common Mistakes Divorced and Divorcing Parents Make

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Mistakes to Avoid for Divorced Parents – The divorce process is obviously very difficult emotionally for the parties involved; however, what divorced or divorcing parents must keep in mind is that a divorce can be even more difficult for their children.  You and your ex-spouse need to put your differences aside to help promote the […]

Indianapolis Family Law Attorney Blog: Indiana Name Changes and the Process to do so

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Indiana Name Change:  A Quick Look at the Process to Legally Change your Name  – Thinking about changing your name?  There are a couple of ways to change your name in the State of Indiana.  First, is through marriage and second, is through petitioning the court.  Changing your name through marriage is the easiest way, […]

Indianapolis Criminal Defense Attorney Blog: K-9 Dog Searches and Dog Sniff Cases

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Open Air Dog Searches:  A Sniff Too Far in a Criminal Case – We’ve all seen it on the TV show Cops or in a movie before…a car is stopped by the police for speeding or swerving, panicking people inside the car start sweating profusely as they watch the mirrors, and a K-9 officer slowly […]

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 […]

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 […]

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