The anxiety of facing a criminal matter on your own is daunting. Even being arrested for a more minor offense can cause considerable stress on you and your family. This is why it is vital that you have knowledgeable representation on your side when you are facing a criminal matter.
When you have been arrested on suspicion of committing a crime, it is important to remember that you have rights. You can remain quiet and not incriminate yourself and you do have the right to have an attorney present to see that criminal procedure is carried out in accordance to with the law. We strongly recommend that you contact a lawyer if the police want to question you. Hiring The Criminal Defense Team means that you have over 100 years of combined experience and professional knowledge on your side. Your rights are always at the forefront of everything we do.
We can never guarantee a particular outcome because we cannot predict the future. In fact, making any claim as to the outcome of your case is both unethical and a disservice to you. We believe that all our clients should know exactly what they are facing, both good and bad, so you can make informed decisions of how to proceed. We are your advisors and offer guidance and we will never lie to you.
Every case is different and every client faces a range of penalties and options, meaning that there is no single “cookie-cutter” answer to the potential consequences that you are up against. We will never advise you to take a plea that we believe is unfair and we know when to push for a dismissal or reduced charges.
The state of Indiana categorizes all criminal charges by level of severity, including the total value of stolen property, who, if anyone, was injured, if weapons were involved in a crime, if you have prior convictions, and a number of other factors. Felony charges are more severe and therefore carry higher potential penalties, including harsh prison sentences and high fines. Misdemeanors, on the other hand, can yield 60 days in jail and a fine of up to $500 for the least serious, or class C, offenses.
When you’ve been arrested, your civil rights can be violated by unscrupulous or negligent officials. This includes police brutality, negligent medical professionals, invasion of privacy or violations of due process during an investigation, or injuries that can occur from an arrest. When your rights have been violated, it’s important you seek representation from our Franklin criminal defense lawyers. We have represented clients on civil rights cases all over southern and south-central Indiana.
Certain offenses or convictions can cause a permanent mark on your criminal record. This can follow you around for years, affecting your future employment, housing, and education, as well as affecting your reputation. The expungement process can be used to seal your record from background searches and other public records. After one year has passed from the date of your conviction, you may be able to have certain crimes expunged from your record as if they legally did not happen. In other cases it may take as long as five years or more to seal a record. In some cases, the law does not allow a record to be sealed. Contact our firm for a free consultation so that we can help you determine if you are eligible to have your records sealed.
Rule 7.4. of the Indiana Rules of Professional Conduct provides direction for any lawyer who wants to become a “specialist” in an area of law:
In order to become board certified in Indiana as a “Criminal Law Specialist” it requires that the attorney meet the criteria of the National Board of Trial Advocacy. The criteria to become board certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy are rigorous. Only those attorneys who dedicate a high percentage of their practice to criminal defense, and who have acquired a high number of days in trial, will be even considered. Even then, the candidate must pass a difficult day-long test that is put together by some of the finest criminal lawyers in the nation. Not everyone passes this test, as failing the test is not infrequent. Even if the candidate passes the test, judges and other attorneys must provide confidential assessments of the attorneys skill-level and abilities in the area of criminal law to the National Board of Trial Advocacy.
Becoming a Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist is so difficult, and requires such a dedication to criminal law, that of the over 15,000 licensed lawyers in the state of Indiana, only six exist that hold that title. Five of them work in our law firm for the Criminal Defense Team of Baldwin & Kamish, and collectively have been board certified for years.