The Criminal Defense Team is proud to announce that we have successfully
appealed the improper criminal sentencing of one of our clients. Morgan
Mannix, who was convicted of hit and run last year, will now spend the
rest of her reduced sentence on probation.
As IndyStar reports, Mannix was charged in a 2012 drunk driving death and convicted of Class
C felony. While the offense was serious, she had no prior criminal history,
cooperated with authorities, and accumulated jail credit while awaiting
trial. Still, when it came time to sentencing, Marion County sentenced
her to six years—three in prison and three in home detention.
However, Indiana's advisory sentence for a Class C felony is four years
and defense attorney
Mike Kyle felt that Ms. Morgan's circumstances did not warrant a harsher sentence.
"It was our argument that she didn't have prior criminal history,
has been a very exemplary person throughout her life," Attorney Kyle
Nothing "Unique About the Circumstances"
Ultimately, a majority of the appeals court judges agreed with Attorney
Kyle's assertions of Ms. Mannix's case: the original trial judge
did not "identify anything unique about the circumstances" that
would warrant a harsher penalty than those laid out by state's advisory
sentences. The court reduced her sentence back to four years, two of which
to be served in prison. Due to jail credit and time already served, Ms.
Mannix will now be able to serve the rest of her reduced sentence on probation.
This case is just another example of the effective advocacy our counselors
at The Criminal Defense Team are capable of: we do not rest until the
rights of our clients are recognized and we have ensured that they receive
every consideration they deserve before our criminal justice system. Congratulations
to Attorney Kyle on his victory in this case on behalf of Ms. Mannix.
If you or a loved one has been charged with a serious criminal offense,
then we invite you to contact us at
The Criminal Defense Team today. Our trusted and experienced Noblesville criminal defense attorneys
are committed to aggressively pursuing the best possible outcome for our
clients and provide staunch, unwavering advocacy on their behalf throughout
every stage of their case.
Want to learn more about how our firm can assist you during this difficult time?
Contact us today to start exploring your legal options.