March 2022

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House Bill 1296 – Is it now Legal to Carry a Handgun in Indiana without a Permit?

On March 21, 2022, Governor Holcomb signed into law House Bill 1296, which allows individuals to carry a handgun in public without a permit in Indiana.  This law will take effect on July 1, 2022.  Prior to this law, individuals in Indiana were prohibited from carrying a handgun on their person or in their vehicle without having a valid handgun license. The amended statute governing the carrying of a firearm in Indiana is found under…

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Understanding Credit Time in Criminal Cases

Whenever someone is sentenced in a criminal case in Indiana, the Court takes great concern to appropriately and accurately apply any credit time the defendant is afforded when carrying out the formal sentencing. No one should ever serve more time for any offense beyond what the level of offense requires minus the time they have already served while awaiting trial— otherwise, a defendant can serve a longer sentence than is necessary and constitutionally allowed. So…

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Indiana Spousal Maintenance Laws

Many people going through separation and divorce are familiar with child support and orders for health care, uninsured medical expenses, etc. for their children.  Fewer are aware of the ability of the trial court to order one spouse to continue to support another spouse.  While Indiana laws do not provide for Alimony, per se, they do provide for instances where one spouse may have been incapacitated or need additional time to re-enter the workforce at…

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Beware the Penalties of Multiple DUIs

The term DUI is actually a bit of a misnomer in Indiana. In Indiana, we call it Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated, or “OVWI”. State governments take OVWI very seriously and therefore implemented a penalty structure that increases the minimum punishment for picking up multiple OVWIs in one’s lifetime. While some aspects of the penalty are aimed at rehabilitation of any underlying drinking habits, others are aimed at protecting society from the dangers of drunk…

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