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July 23, 2017

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 citizen of the United States and get charged with a crime the consequences can be very significant for you.   If you are here illegally, on a work visa, a student visa, or some other legal temporary status; a criminal conviction can result in the […]
July 16, 2017

Child Witnesses in Family Law Cases

Child Witnesses in Family Law Cases – “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 a child can be called to testify, it is important to make sure the child knows the difference between telling the truth and telling a lie. A child would also be sworn under oath just as an adult, […]
July 9, 2017

Inventory Search of Vehicle after Arrest

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 or seizure,” this protection also applies to our vehicles with a few exceptions. One of these exceptions is a ‘valid inventory search.’ This is a search that takes place of a lawfully impounded vehicle when the officer does not have a warrant.  Police are […]
July 2, 2017

Immigration Consequences in Criminal Plea Agreements in Indiana

Immigration Consequences in Criminal Plea Agreements – 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 an important development in immigration law due to the changes under the new President. This individual was given advice by his attorney to plead guilty to criminal charges with the assurance he would not be deported and that it […]
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