Category : Criminal Defense

Criminal Defendants: Don’t Make These Four Mistakes During an Indiana Trial

Criminal Defense

If you’re facing a criminal charge in Indiana that will go to trial, your lawyer isn’t the only one that needs to be prepared. As a defendant, the judge and jury will scrutinize your every move. You need to show that they can trust and believe you. Here are the top four mistakes criminal defendants […]

Indiana Criminal Defense Stories of 2020 – and What We Can Learn From Them

Criminal Defense

There’s no question that this year is one for the history books. But some criminal defendants in Indiana made history for other reasons. Here are three of the most intriguing criminal defense stories of 2020 and what we can learn from them. The Indiana Supreme Court finds that a woman had the right to refuse […]

FAQ About Marijuana Crime Charges Under Indiana and Federal Law

Criminal Defense

Indiana has some of the most stringent marijuana laws in the country. If you’ve been arrested for a marijuana-related crime in Indiana, you are probably concerned about the charges you’ll face. Below we answer the most common questions we receive from defendants about state and federal marijuana charges. Q: Is Marijuana really illegal in Indiana? […]

Drug Arrest in Indiana: Potential Defenses

Criminal Defense

On July 8, 2020, the Indiana State Police intercepted approximately 12 pounds of methamphetamine in Munster, Indiana. According to ABC57 News, this large shipment of drugs came from El Paso, Texas, and was headed for the Chicagoland Northwest-Indiana area. In Indiana, a person caught in possession of methamphetamine without a valid prescription can face felony […]

Criminal Charges for Child Neglect in Indiana

Criminal Defense

In August 2020, the Jefferson County sheriff’s department arrested Kayla Crawn, a 21-year old woman, for child abuse after she admitted tying a child to a car seat for punishment on 20 occasions. Crawn is charged with 20 counts of criminal confinement, 1 count of criminal confinement causing bodily injury, 1 count of battery, and […]

What Happens When Children Are Witnesses to Crimes?

Criminal Defense

An 8-year old Indiana boy recently became the central witness to a murder when he allegedly witnessed his father killing his mother in their family home. The child told a school counselor that he had seen his father stomp on his mother’s head 20 times as she lay on the basement floor.  A few days […]

Arrested for Online Prostitution: What to Do Next?

Criminal Defense

In recent years, Indiana has seen an increasing amount of online prostitution stings. Undercover officers will pose as potential customers to target people, often women, who offer escort services, massage therapy, or dating services through online ads or websites. The officer will make contact with the person to set up a meeting, then after exchanging […]

Can Your Genetics Predict Your Likelihood of Getting Arrested for Certain Crimes?

Criminal Defense

It’s a question that has dogged criminologists for decades: might some people be predisposed to commit certain crimes because of genetics? Academic studies over the past decade indicate the answer is yes. In 2014, the journal Molecular Psychiatry published a Finnish study in which researchers studied the genetic make-up of roughly 900 criminals convicted of […]

Indiana Black Legislative Caucus Seeks Criminal Justice Reform

Criminal Defense

The Indiana Black Legislative Caucus, currently comprised of the 15 African-American members of the Indiana House and State Senate, called for far-reaching reforms to the state criminal justice system. In the forthcoming 2021 Legislative Session, the IBLC will seek to pass laws that ban no-knock warrants and chokeholds, decriminalize marijuana, and remove police officers from […]

Can I Get a DUI While Driving an Unusual Vehicle in Indiana?

Criminal Defense

You may think that if you’re riding a bike or a scooter in Indiana, you’re safe from DUI laws. Think again. In Indiana, the law treats cyclists, people riding scooters, and other “unusual” vehicles the same as motorists with respect to driving while intoxicated. If you are arrested for operating an unusual vehicle while under […]