The Criminal Defense Team’s Secret Weapon

In the world of criminal law, there are really only two jobs for lawyers: prosecutor and defense attorney. In some ways the jobs are similar: they deal with the same laws, the same facts and the same judges. But yet, they are still two very distinct jobs, with different skills. Skills that you only gain from experience. On our team, we have two former prosecutors with years of hard-earned, trial experience. This gives us the ability to analyze your case in the exact same way as the person prosecuting the case against you.  We believe this gives us an advantage.

Max Wiley

  • Former Major Felony Prosecutor in Marion County
  • Went to jury 24 times as a prosecutor, including 9 murder trials
  • Handled some of the most high-profile cases in Indianapolis

Carrie Miles

  • Former Johnson County Sex Crimes Prosecutor
  • Handled the most serious sex crimes cases
  • Extensive jury experience in the most serious sex crimes there are

At its heart, the work of a prosecutor is to build a case. That means ensuring that there is evidence to support each element of the crime charged. It is methodical, detail-oriented work. Even in situations where it seems obvious that a defendant committed a certain crime, it still has to be proven, with admissible evidence. When you do this work day-in and day-out, you learn to access areas where there may be common issues. For instance, to introduce surveillance footage from a business at a trial, you generally need a witness from the business to identify the footage and testify the cameras were working properly. This can raise a number of issues: maybe they’ve gone out of business in the meantime or had some employee turnover.  Maybe they’ve changed surveillance systems and nobody knows how the old system worked. These are issues that you simply don’t deal with as a defense attorney, but you deal with them everyday as a prosecutor. As a result, prosecutor’s learn to spot these issues in advance. Our three former prosecutors can recognize these types of issues in your case and maximize them to your advantage. This can make the difference between a conviction and walking out of court with nothing on your record.

Of course, many cases will be resolved through plea negotiations. The work of a prosecutor involves a great deal of plea negotiations, and we feel our former prosecutor’s have an advantage here too. A defense attorney involved in plea negotiations really has only one person to satisfy: the client. A prosecutor has a number of people that have to be satisfied by the plea: the alleged victim and his or her family members, the elected  prosecutor (their boss), and sometimes the officers involved in the case. Plus, the prosecutor always has the fear in the back of their mind that one of their plea deals will end up in the newspaper as an example of being too soft on crime. Having been in those shoes, our three former prosecutors know how to speak to those concerns and move the prosecutor towards the outcome we want. While these may seem like simple things, many defense attorneys simply run in a wall in plea negotiations and just decide that the prosecutor is being unreasonable. But when you know where a prosecutor is coming from, you can address their concerns and move forward toward a better resolution and that can make all the difference in the world.