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Five Mistakes People Make After an Indiana Misdemeanor Drug Charge

General

If you’re facing a drug charge in Indiana, you’re hardly alone. Drug offenses are one of the most common charges in the state. Many people who face these charges also have something else in common: they make mistakes after the charge, landing them in deeper hot water. Here are five mistakes to avoid after you’ve […]

Basic Rules of Court Etiquette as a Defendant

General

When you have to make an appearance in court as a defendant, it’s important to leave the best impressions possible on those who will be judging you. The judge and jury will be carefully observing you as they listen to and weigh the evidence. If you make a bad impression on them, they may be […]

How Economic Depressions Impact Criminal Behavior

Criminal Defense

How does an economic crisis affect criminal behavior? Economists and criminologists have debated the question for decades with no clear-cut answer. Popular wisdom assumes that hard economic times bring a spike in crime under the theory that desperate people will turn to crime more readily to illegal means to support themselves or out of frustration. […]

Why Do Some Released Offenders Continue to Commit Crimes While Others Stay Clean?

General

After being released from prison, the vast majority of offenders have difficulty staying on a law-abiding path. According to a 2018 U.S. Bureau of Justice report, approximately 68% of prisoners released from state prison in 2005 were arrested within three years, 79% within six years, and 83% within nine years. What accounts for this high […]

A Quick Overview of Indiana’s Prison System

General

The state of Indiana has 18 adult correctional facilities, consisting of minimum, medium, and maximum security levels. The Indiana Department of Corrections (IDOC), which operates all state prisons, assigns offenders to a particular facility based on the nature of the offense, the offender’s criminal record, considerations of public and staff safety, the safety of the […]

5 Ways Criminal Trials Are Not Like on Television

Criminal Defense

If you’re a criminal defendant, watching a legal-themed television drama or movie may make nervous about your impending trial. You’ll be relieved to know that Hollywood courtroom scenes bear little resemblance to the real thing. Here are five ways that actual criminal trials differ from those on television. The criminal process isn’t brief. Most legal […]

COVID-19: What Happens if You’re Under Quarantine or Too Sick to Attend Your Trial?

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The coronavirus pandemic has thrust the world into a period of unprecedented uncertainty. If you’re awaiting a trial or a court hearing, you probably feel especially anxious about what will happen if you or a family member become sick with the virus, and you can’t attend your court date because you’re too ill or under […]

How to Handle the Stress of an Indiana Criminal Charge and the Coronavirus Pandemic

General

Dealing with a criminal charge is stressful under the best of times. When you add the stress and concerns of the coronavirus pandemic, you might start feeling downright panicky. Here are a few tips for keeping these twin stressors under control. Limit your exposure to the news. Turn on the news, read a paper, and […]

What is Happening to Jury Trials During the Pandemic?

General

When you are in the middle of criminal court proceedings, or if you have a criminal trial coming up soon, you are probably wondering what exactly will happen with jury trials during the COVID-19 crisis. While many non-essential businesses have closed, the courts are still open. However, in an attempt to keep gatherings of people […]

Update on Indiana Courts and the Coronavirus

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On March 23, 2020, Governor Eric Holcomb issued a stay-at-home order requiring residents of Indiana to stay at home unless they are at work or doing permitted activities like caring for someone, obtaining needed supplies, or for health and safety. He extended the order on April 6, 2020, leaving Hoosiers at home through April 20, 2020, in […]