Criminal Defense for Felonies

Our Noblesville Criminal Defense Lawyers Can Protect You

As with all crimes, defendants are innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. We believe that there are three keys to a winning defense: aggressive representation, creative representation, and strategic representation. At Baldwin Kyle & Kamish, P.C., our Noblesville criminal defense attorneys think critically about the types of questions we ask clients. Our queries are aimed at building you a strong case that can bring about a positive outcome. We think outside the box when it comes to representing our clients, especially those charged with serious offenses..

Felony charges are separated into five classes. Murder is separated out from the other felonies and receives its own classification.

How much time am I facing with the charge that has been filed against me?

The State of Indiana had a complete overhaul of its sentencing statutes in 2014. It was the largest overhaul since the 1970’s. If you are wondering how much time you are facing, you need to find out the level of the charge. Before July 1, 2014, all felonies were labeled by the letters of the alphabet as either A, B, C, or D felonies with A felonies being the most serious all way down to D felonies which were the least serious. As of July 1, 2014, the A, B, C and D felonies were eliminated and replaced with Level 1-6 felonies.

Additionally, not only were two additional levels of felonies added, the legislature almost completely eliminated the 50% time cut that inmates received for good behavior. Before the change, if you received a 4 year sentence (for example) you would only serve 2 years if you behaved well in jail or prison.

This 50% time cut for good behavior now only exists for misdemeanor crimes and level 6 felonies. Otherwise, a person convicted of a level 1-5 crime, as well as murder, must serve 75% of the time assigned for that particular level. It can even be worse for those who are convicted of crimes that are considered “credit restricted” felonies, which may require you to serve far more than 75% of your sentence.

For misdemeanors, the punishment is as follows:

C misdemeanors face 0 – 60 days of incarceration (with good time credit it would be 0-30 actual days in jail)

B misdemeanors face 0-6 months of incarceration (with good time credit it would be 0- 90 actual days in jail).

A misdemeanors face 0-1 year of incarceration (with good time credit it would be 0-6 months in jail)

The chart below will help you determine what type of jail or prison time you might be facing if you have been charged with a felony.

(providing sentencing structures for both new and old sentencing guidelines)

Prior to June 30, 2014

Class

Years facing before good-time credit factored in

Range @ 50%

(which was the law before July 1, 2014)

Murder

45-65

22.5-32.5

A

20-50

10-25

A

20-50

10-25

B

6-20

3-10

B

6-20

3-10

C

2-8

1-4

D

0.5-3

0.25-1.5

July 1, 2014 and After

Level

Years facing before good-time credit factored in

How many actual years am I facing?

Murder

45-65

33.75-48.75

1

20-40

15-30

2

10-30

7.5-22.5

3

3-16

2.25-12

4

2-12

1.5-9

5

1-6

.75-4.5

6

0.5-2.5

0.25-1.25 (50%)

If you have any questions about the amount of time that you are facing,please call us and we will happy to discuss.

Our Noblesville Criminal Defense Lawyers Can Help You

During trials, our attorneys use a creative, modernized approach to keep the jury engaged and listening to the defense. We pride ourselves on our dedication to continuing to improve the way we present information and the way we represent our clients. New ways of doing things are often the difference between success and failure. We choose success.

Felony convictions can be a significant burden emotionally and financially for you and your loved ones. Don't leave something that important to amateurs. Call our Noblesville criminal defense attorneys today! If you are in need of a strategic, creative, and aggressive legal team, call the offices of Baldwin Kyle & Kamish, P.C. for a free initial consultation.

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