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The Law of Self-Defense

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With so much focus in the past few years on cases in which the defendants claimed self-defense, I thought I would discuss the basics of this claim. I will explain in general terms, but my experience is in Indians, so keep in mind that every state has laws that may differ in terms of when […]

The Miranda Warnings

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Most people are familiar with the Miranda Warnings from TV shows. Just about everyone can recite them verbatim: “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will […]

What Happens After a Conviction?

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What happens when you undergo a trial and get convicted? If you face this issue and live in Indiana, there are still a few options for you! One option is to appeal the determination at an Intermediate Court of Appeals before moving to individual Supreme Courts. This is called a direct appeal. This appeal needs […]

What are forfeitures and how can they affect cases for Indiana residents?

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In a broad sense, some refer to forfeitures as “legalized theft.” Essentially, it’s a tool that law enforcement officers can use to seize otherwise legally held property if they believe it was used in the commission of a crime or was purchased with the proceeds from the crime. The best intention of the law was […]

What is a Fast and Speedy Trial?

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The Sixth Amendment of the Constitution, it states that in all criminal prosecutions, the accused will enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial by an impartial jury. But what does that really mean? Most people think a fast and speedy trial means entitled to a short trial. It actually refers to the defendant’s […]

A Parent’s Dilemma: Should You Report Your Child’s Crime?

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Shoplifting is a classic scene in coming-of-age movies—a young person pockets some candy or a toy but is waylaid by the store owner as they attempt to get away with the goods. Or the parent finds out first and marches their child back to the crime scene to make amends. Maybe you’ve been through this […]

CDL and DUI: What Happens To Your License After a Conviction

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If you are a commercial truck driver by trade and charged with driving under the influence (DUI), you are likely overwhelmed with emotions, including fear about your future. Will you lose your license? Will you lose your job? Will your family be able to recover from this regretful event? Let’s take a closer look at […]

How to Recover Emotionally After You Have Been Arrested

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There’s a reason that people in police custody try to shield their faces from paparazzi and prying eyes while doing the “perp walk.” It’s humiliating to be shackled, duck into the back of a squad car, or pass through a phalanx of TV cameras as they enter a courthouse. The emotional impact of being arrested […]

What Not To Do If You’re Stopped on Suspicion of DUI

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Just because you’re not in a car or truck doesn’t mean you’re off the hook when it comes to drinking and driving laws. An Indiana woman recently learned that lesson—the hard way—after smashing her golf cart through barricades at a street festival. Too Much Champagne? The incident took place in January at the Naples Art […]

DUI Charges in Indiana with a BAC Significantly Over the Legal Limit

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If you’re facing a DUI charge in Indiana, you already know that it can be a stressful situation. You’re undoubtedly worried about what penalties you might face and how a conviction could affect your future. But if your blood alcohol level is significantly over the legal limit in Indiana, you may face additional charges. That’s […]