July 2014

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Common Questions and Misconceptions with DUI Arrests

One of the most common arrests made in Indiana and throughout the country is for driving under the influence.  It can be committed by any driver of any type of vehicle who has had too much to drink or taken medications that have caused them to be impaired.  As it is such a common criminal charge, there are frequent questions and misconceptions when it comes to DUI cases.  This weeks blog takes a look at…

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A Look at the Charge of Theft Under the New Criminal Code

I’ve Been Charged with Theft – Now What? Recently we highlighted for you the significant changes that have taken place with respect to felony offenses in Indiana.  One change in particular merits special attention as much for its significance to many criminal defendants (and practitioners) as for its effect of making the punishment more proportional to the crime. Prior to the change in the law effective July 1, 2014, the theft statute read as follows:…

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Jail Phone Calls and the Ramifications of Saying Too Much

Jail Phone Calls — Is Someone Really Listening? YES! One of the biggest temptations for any defendant once they get behind bars is to call loved ones. Obviously, anyone in that situation would feel the need to reach out to their support group for help, advice, and/or direction. However, and almost without fail, we see instance after instance of inmates talking about the facts of their case to loved ones. And, in almost every single…

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If I Get Divorced, What Happens to My Retirement?

Posted in On 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. Courts can deviate from the presumption, but going by the presumption of a 50/50 split, parties could divide each asset…

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