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What are “Violence Interrupters,” and How Can They Help Us?

General

With criminal homicide in Indiana spiking a staggering 39 percent in 2020, many Hoosiers wonder what in the world can we do to stop the violence–or even slow it down. The Indy Public Safety Foundation believes they might have a solution: introduce “violence interrupters” to at-risk communities. Violence interrupters are respected community members who help […]

Defending High-Profile Murder Cases in Indiana: What You Should Know

Criminal Defense

Tragedy struck in Indianapolis in late January when a 17-year old allegedly killed six family members–including a 19-year old and her unborn child–during a dispute. The youth has been charged with six counts of murder, one count of attempted murder, and carrying a handgun without a license. His 15-year old brother is the sole survivor […]

What Happens When Someone is Arrested for Drug Trafficking in Indiana?

Criminal Defense

In December 2020, two California truck drivers were arrested when Indiana State Police found 50 kilos of cocaine among the 18,000 pounds of minced garlic they were transporting in a semi-trailer. The men were charged with possession of cocaine, a Level 3 Felony. For the moment, the State has not charged them with drug trafficking. […]

How Zero-Based Thinking Can Be a Powerful Tool for Rebuilding Your Life After an Arrest

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You’ve made a foolish mistake, maybe even a series of mistakes, and now you’ve been arrested. You want to get off the path you’ve set yourself on and turn your life around, but you’re not sure how. Try zero-based thinking. Zero-based thinking is a decision-making process where you imagine yourself back at the moment before […]

Caught Making Illegal Drugs at Home: How Will I Be Charged?

Criminal Defense

Under both Indiana and federal law, it is illegal to manufacture or cultivate any controlled substance, including methamphetamine or marijuana, without a proper state or federal license. The courts will impose severe penalties on individuals convicted of manufacturing such drugs, whether they manufactured the substances in their home, a lab, or elsewhere. If you’ve been […]

What Happens When Someone is Arrested for Human Trafficking in Indiana?

Criminal Defense

According to the State Department, approximately 27 million men, women, and children worldwide are victims of some form of human trafficking. Unfortunately, Indiana isn’t untouched by these numbers. In 2019, 157 Indiana human trafficking cases were reported to the National Human Trafficking Hotline. This figure marked a 19 percent increase from 2018, although attorney general […]

The Connection Between Depression and Drug Abuse: What Defendants Need to Understand

Criminal Defense

The link between depression and substance abuse is well-known. The relationship is bi-directional: When a person is depressed, they are more likely to develop substance abuse problems, just as a person with substance abuse problems are more likely to be depressed. After an arrest, defendants must be particularly careful to watch for signs of falling […]

Can You Be Charged with a Crime in Indiana for Violating Pandemic Rules?

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On December 31, 2020, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb issued the 10th continuation of Executive Order 20-50, which details county-based coronavirus measures and restrictions to control the virus’s spread. The new order continues almost all of the restrictions that were previously in place until January 24, 2021. Among other things, the order limits social gathering sizes […]

Why is the Homicide Rate in Indianapolis Soaring and What Can Be Done?

General

The year 2020 was challenging in many ways, but Indianapolis residents experienced a particularly turbulent year as the city’s homicide rate broke all records. City officials recorded at least 232 murders, marking a substantial increase from 2019 and 2018, when officials tallied 154 and 159 homicides, respectively. The figure does not include killings made in […]

What Happens When a Person Receives an Exceptionally Long Prison Sentence?

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In December 2020, an Elkhart Circuit Court judge sentenced Winston Corbett, a 25-year old Indiana man, to 115 years in prison for fatally stabbing a college professor and attempting to murder the professor’s wife during a home invasion ten years ago. For some, the sentence may seem exaggerated: why would a court hand down a […]