Blog

Violence in Stepfamilies: A Journalistic Look

Criminal Defense

When families merge and create stepfamilies, it’s natural to be concerned about how everyone will get along. Most stepfamilies do well in the face of potential stressors. But stepfamilies do face a greater risk of violence than traditional families where the children are biologically related to both parents. Risk of Violence for Stepchildren The New […]

Pendleton State Prison— Battling an Outbreak of Legionnaire’s Disease

Criminal Defense

The first week of December brought more than a winter’s chill to Indiana’s Pendleton Correctional Facility inmates. It brought news of an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease, a bacterial lung infection that kills one-in-ten who contract the illness. The facility had confirmed that three inmates had contracted the disease, and one of them had died. Another […]

Indiana’s Biggest Crime Stories of 2021

Criminal Defense

The biggest story in Indiana crime isn’t one particular event but the fact Indianapolis saw another record-breaking year of homicides. The city had 246 homicides by late November—breaking 2021’s record of 245 with more than a full month left in the year to go. In response, expect to see changes in the city in the […]

Why DUI Rates Spike in Indiana During Labor Day and Halloween

General

You might not think of Labor Day as being one of the biggest holidays for alcohol consumption, but in Indiana, it’s one of the most dangerous holidays for drunk driving. In 2020, of the 898 traffic fatalities that occurred, 17 percent (151 deaths) were alcohol-related. Twelve of those fatalities took place over Labor Day weekend […]

How is Chicago’s Crime Wave Affecting Indiana?

General

Indiana police say that Chicago’s massive surge in crime is spilling over the Indiana border in more ways than one. In the past 12 months, Indiana has experienced over 20 shootings on the freeways and numerous pursuits, where the majority of cars are heading toward Chicago. Indiana State Police Sgt. Glen Fifield says he has […]

Avoid Drunk Driving in Indiana During the Holiday Season

General

The song says, “it’s the most wonderful time of the year,” but it’s one of the most dangerous times of the year too. As travel and socializing increase exponentially between Thanksgiving and Christmas, so does drunk driving fatalities. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Christmas period sees an average of 45 […]

The Challenges of a Double DUI in Indiana

Criminal Defense

A man and his wife ended up in double DUI trouble outside of Poseyville, Indiana recently. According to Fox59, the Indiana man was driving home one evening when he crashed into a semi-truck. He called his wife to pick him up at the scene of the accident. But when she arrived, she promptly crashed into […]

Don Lemon’s Battery Lawsuit and What We Can Learn From It

Criminal Defense

In 2019, CNN anchor Don Lemon was sued for sexual assault and battery in New York state court by Dustin Hice, and new developments suggest that the case will be tried in court next year. According to the complaint, Hice alleged that, at a bar, Lemon “put his hand down the front of his own […]

What Types of Physical Contact Can Be Considered Battery?

Criminal Defense

In October 2021, a Heltonville woman was arrested following an allegation that she had “head-butted” another woman earlier this year. According to news reports, the alleged perpetrator grabbed another woman by her shoulders, then head-butted the other woman—leaving the victim with bruising on her head. Given the women had some type of relationship, the defendant […]

How Does Indiana Charge Crimes of Political Violence?

Criminal Defense

There’s no single Indiana statute that covers all forms of violence of a political nature; a case will always depend on the facts. And, practically speaking, a prosecutor would likely consider filing a number of charges that would, and would not, include a political aspect. But let’s consider some state laws that can relate to […]