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What to know if you’re charged with a Federal crime in Indiana.

Posted in On June 30, 2023

Facing criminal charges of any type can be scary and life-altering.  There is the risk of incarceration, fines, or other loss of liberty.  However, when a person finds himself or herself in the crosshairs of the federal government, the associated concern often grows.  The federal government has a reputation for pursuing and often obtaining significant sentences, usually exceeding what equivalent state laws may call for.  This is among the many reasons it is crucial to…

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Is there a Trial Tax in Indiana?

Almost every client we have had at our firm asks whether there is a “trial tax” if they decide to take their case to trial and lose. Put more simply, they want to know if their punishment will be harsher if they lose after trial. While the obvious answer is, “there shouldn’t be a trial tax and constitutionally there cannot be,” the truth isn’t quite so straight forward. Knowing this can drastically change a defendant’s…

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Indiana’s New Automatic Expungement Law

Posted in On June 16, 2023

Traditionally, under Indiana Law, even though your case was dismissed or you were acquitted at trial, you still need to petition the court for expungement to clear that case from your record. However, the Indiana Legislature recently enacted new law that provides for automatic expungement of certain records. If your case was filed after June 30, 2022, and did not result in a conviction for any reason, you are entitled to expungement 60 days after…

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Should my Criminal Case be Dismissed if it is Over a Year Old?

Posted in On June 8, 2023

As a general rule, the State has one year from the date charges are filed, or from the date an arrest is made (whichever is later) to bring someone to trial.  Rule 4 of Indiana Criminal Procedure specifies circumstances in which individuals can be released from custody and how their cases can be dismissed when a prolonged delay is attributable to the State.  Subsection (A) of Rule 4 addresses defendants in jail specifically.  This portion…

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Most Common Defenses in an Indiana Criminal Case

Posted in On June 1, 2023

If you have been arrested or charged with a crime you may be wondering what are the different options my attorney may have to defend me in my case.  In today’s blog we look at some of the most common defenses utilized in defending against a criminal charge. These are some of the most commonly used defenses, however this list is not exhaustive.  If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime…

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