April 2023

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How Can I Appeal My Conviction In Indiana?

If you’ve been convicted of a crime in Indiana, you may be wondering if you can appeal.  With some exceptions, the answer is yes.  We help many people seek a “second look” at their cases by the Court of Appeals.  A conviction after trial isn’t necessarily final, but failing to pursue an appeal quickly can mean the loss of the ability to do so. An appeal is initiated by filing a document called a Notice…

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What Does Beyond a Reasonable Doubt Mean?

Anyone and everyone that has ever watched a crime show on TV can tell you that the standard of proof in any criminal case is “Beyond on a Reasonable Doubt.” Most people, intuitively, think they know what that means — until they actually stop to think about it. It is one of those phrases we all know innately (much like Miranda), and yet we all think we understand it until we are placed on a…

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Can an Out of State Conviction be Used to Enhance a Domestic Battery Charge in Indiana?

There are several different types of criminal offenses that can be enhanced if an individual is charged with a subsequent similar case.  For example, if someone is accused of shoplifting, and the total value of the items are less than $750, the person will be charged with theft, a class A misdemeanor.  If the individual is convicted, and is later charged with another shoplifting offense, the new charge will be enhanced to a level 6…

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Difference Between a No Contact Order & a Protective Order

Protective Orders and No Contact Orders have certain similarities, but they are not the same. There are several significant distinctions between the two, including variations in the procedures for obtaining orders, the periods of time during which they provide protection, the restrictions they impose, and the procedures for removing them. What is a No Contact Order? (Indiana Code 35-33-8-3.6) No Contact Orders are issued by a judge through criminal cases. For instance, when there is…

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