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Divorce 101 in Indiana

Often the emotional impact of divorce extends beyond just those getting a divorce. Friends and family may be divided and felt forced to choose sides.  This can be even more complicated and difficult for the children of a marriage. Whether biological or step, children have a front seat for the actions of their parents. The process can either cause turmoil and drama or it can be used as a time to show children that people can remain amicable…

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Prison v. Jail in Indiana

Generally speaking, if you’re convicted of a felony, you may be committed to prison.  There are a few exceptions that apply for level 6 felonies which are described below.  The term prison is used in reference to a facility of the Indiana Department of Corrections (IDOC).  Currently, there are 19 IDOC facilities throughout the state.  This include 3 women’s facilities, and 2 intake facilities.  The facilities are categorized as being either minimum, medium, and maximum…

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Warrants, Bonds, and Pre-Trial Release

In an effort to encourage trial judges to release those arrested of alleged crimes earlier, reduce expenses and overuse of jail resources, enable those arrested to return to their jobs and provide support for their families, and eliminate the unfair incarceration of those who cannot afford a bail, the Indiana Supreme Court adopted Criminal Rule 26. Criminal Rule 26 could completely change the bail/bond process courts use. Instead of assigning bond amounts to those accused…

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Anonymous Tipsters in Criminal Cases

Thanks to the Indiana Constitution, citizens have the right to be, “secure … against unreasonable searches and seizures.” Ind. Const. art. 1§ 11. This does not apply when a law enforcement officer has reasonable suspicion that criminal activity is happening. Does this sound vague? Reasonable suspicion is intentionally vague, permitting more information to reach officers. The Supreme Court held that to make, “reasonable suspicion determinations” the lower courts should look at the “totality of the…

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A Look at Collateral Consequences in a Criminal Case

Collateral Consequences to a Criminal Charge Everyone knows when you are charged with a criminal case you could face jail time, probation and a fine.  However, many times the possible consequences someone suffers can be far reaching and make resolving the case much more complicated.  When discussing your case with your attorney you need to make sure you consider how a case might affect you in other ways. Immigration Issues If you are not a…

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Child Witnesses in Family Law Cases

Posted in On July 16, 2017

“My kid can tell the judge…..” is a something all family law attorneys hear from clients. The reality is it is not a simple decision to involve children in a proceeding. Even though there are no laws against having children testify in a court proceeding, it is very uncommon and often discouraged by judges. If a judge feels a child can contribute valuable information, the judge may choose to speak to the child(ren) privately. Before…

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Inventory Search of Vehicle after Arrest

Posted in On July 9, 2017

A Quick Look at Inventory Searches after an Arrest Getting pulled over can be an unsettling experience regardless of one’s familiarity with the law.  Understanding the interpretation of both the U.S. Constitution Fourth Amendment and Article 1 §11 of the Indiana Constitution is instrumental when presented with a situation where a police officer searches your vehicle.  While citizens have the constitutional “right to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable search…

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Immigration Consequences in Criminal Plea Agreements in Indiana

Posted in On July 2, 2017

Are you living in the United States as an immigrant or noncitizen status? If you find yourself in legal trouble you could be facing more than just conviction as a consequence with deportation looming over your head. In a recent Supreme Court decision, Lee v. United States, 582 U.S. (2017), the Court reversed a criminal conviction by a noncitizen after he was given erroneous advice by his counsel, leading to his mandatory deportation. This is…

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