Indianapolis Criminal Defense Attorney
Criminal defense is a highly nuanced area of law that requires expertise from assertive, driven, and experienced attorneys. The legal team at Banks & Brower is all of these traits and more. Attorneys Brad Banks and Adam Brower are former Indiana prosecutors, and give our law firm a unique, inside perspective on criminal defense cases. You’ll have a team with prosecution experience on your side, giving you an edge in the courtroom and insight into how the other side thinks and strategizes. We have the tools, resources, and talent you need for unwavering criminal defense in Indianapolis.
Why and When You Need a Criminal Defense Lawyer
Our firm will almost always recommend hiring a criminal defense attorney if someone has accused you of a crime or the county has issued a formal charge against you. This is because a criminal conviction could ruin your life. Even without a conviction, the charge alone could impact your reputation or hurt business. A good attorney can stay ahead of developments to your case, keeping you updated with the latest information and actions you can take to protect your future. Working with the right lawyer can help in virtually any criminal case, from a driving under the influence (DUI) arrest to allegations of crimes against children.
A criminal defense lawyer is necessary, as going up against the prosecution alone can be a difficult task. Anyone with even a cursory understanding of criminal law will recommend professional representation during arraignments, hearings, and trials. If you can’t afford to retain a private attorney, ask the courts to assign you a public defender. A public defender might not have the time or attention to dedicate to your case like a private firm would, but it’s better than choosing to self-represent. When your entire future is at stake, don’t trust anyone but a licensed attorney with your case.
The burden of a criminal charge can weigh heavily on your mind. Partnering with a reputable and proven criminal defense lawyer can significantly ease the burden, helping you achieve confidence and peace of mind. Whether you’re facing criminal charges relating to drug or alcohol crimes, violent crimes, assault and battery, crimes against children, fraud or financial crimes, robbery, burglary, sex crimes, theft, property crimes, or minor consumption, Banks & Brower can help. We can also assist with criminal record expungements in Indianapolis.
Steps in an Indianapolis Criminal Case
As a criminal defendant in Indianapolis, it helps to know what to expect during your criminal case. While each case is unique and may involve particular actions and processes that others will not, there is a basic system the majority of Indianapolis criminal cases follow. Learning about the path of a criminal case can give you more information about the case against you, as well as your rights and responsibilities as a defendant:
- The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police is the main law enforcement agency making arrests in Marion County, Indiana. Police must follow certain rules when making an arrest, including specific arrest protocols. During arrest, do not answer any questions until you have an attorney present. The less you say during arrest and detainment, the better.
- Law enforcement officers make arrests, but they are not the entity that actually brings charges against suspects. Instead, the District Attorney or other government entity will conduct an investigative report into the arrest and determines whether or not to formally charge the individual with a crime, and if so, what crime to charge.
- Do not miss your initial hearing date. Show up on time and in proper attire. Communicating with a criminal defense attorney before your initial hearing can give you important advice and information about your case. This hearing is where the court will inform you of any formal charges against you.
- The discovery phase is a time period (taking a few weeks or months) in which your attorney will investigate the prosecution’s case to find out what evidence they may or may not have against you, which witnesses they might bring in to testify, and other information. Discovery typically involves depositions of both sides.
- Before your official trial, the judge in charge of your case will check with the attorneys of both sides to assess the progress of the case. Both parties will meet before the judge in an effort to expedite the case, discourage unnecessary pretrial activities, improve the quality of the trial through adequate preparation.
Review of counsel
- This other pretrial activity serves to help you retain a free or low-cost public defender if you have not already retained a private attorney. Most parties will qualify for a public defender if they cannot afford a lawyer.
- Your attorney will discuss your case with you to come up with the best possible defense strategy. Give your lawyer all the facts of your case – even those you feel incriminate you. The law obligates your attorney to act in your best interests, and to keep all information in the lawyer-client relationship strictly confidential.
Plea agreement and sentencing
- If you and your attorney agree to enter a plea deal, you will strive to reach an agreement with the courts. At this point, your case can end and you will receive your sentence.
- If you cannot reach a plea deal or other agreement at this point, a jury trial will ensue. In these cases, a jury of your peers will listen to both sides of the case and determine if you’re innocent or guilty. If not guilty, you are free to go without a criminal conviction. If guilty, the judge will issue your sentence.
The more you know about the criminal justice system in Indiana, the better you can navigate it. As always, seek help from your attorney with any questions or concerns you may have. Banks & Brower’s criminal defense attorneys have more than 40 years of combined experience and can help you with your individual case in Indianapolis. Call us as soon as possible after an arrest at (317) 870-0019. You can also request your free initial consultation online.