Greenwood Criminal Defense Lawyer
If you’ve been charged with a crime, you’re probably scared and nervous about what it means for you. You’re at risk of losing your liberty and may even face financial ruin. You need a criminal defense lawyer.
The Greenwood criminal defense lawyers at The Criminal Defense Team have years of experience defending those who have been charged with crimes. We’re here to protect your rights. Call us today at (317) 687-8326 or contact us online for a free evaluation of your case.
Cases We Handle
The attorneys at The Criminal Defense Team defend clients who have been charged with a wide range of crimes, both misdemeanors and felonies.
The misdemeanors crimes we can defend you against are:
- Underage possession of alcohol
- Public intoxication
- Possession of marijuana or dealing marijuana
- Underage possession of alcohol
- Disorderly conduct
- Intimidation or harassment
- Carrying an unlicensed gun
- Resisting arrest
- Identity theft
- Check fraud
The felony crimes we can defend you against are:
- Battery, including domestic battery
- Child neglect and abuse
- Domestic violence
- Drug crimes, including drug possession, drug dealing, and drug manufacturing
- Internet sex crimes, including child exploitation, possession/sale/distribution of child pornography, and online child solicitation
- Murder and manslaughter
- Sex crimes, including rape, sexual battery, child molestation, and child solicitation
- White-collar crimes, including identity theft, tax evasion, money laundering, loan/mortgage fraud, insider trading, and bribery
In addition, we also help clients appeal their convictions, obtain special driving privileges, and we defend clients against probation and community correction violations.
What’s at Stake When You’re Charged with a Crime
When you’re charged with a crime in Indiana, you may face different penalties depending on whether the alleged offense is a misdemeanor or a felony.
In Indiana, there are three types of misdemeanors: Class A, Class B, and Class C. The penalties for each class of misdemeanor range imprisonment time and fines. If you’re charged with a Class A misdemeanor, you face up to 1 year in prison and a $5,000 fine. If you’re charged with a Class B misdemeanor, you face up to 180 days imprisonment and a $1,000 fine. If you’re charged with a Class C misdemeanor, you face up to 60 days imprisonment and a $500 fine.
There are six categories for felony crimes in Indiana. A Level 1 felony carries a sentence of up to 40 years. A Level 2 felony carries a sentence of up to 30 years. A Level 3 felony carries a sentence of up to 16 years. A Level 4 felony carries a sentence of up to 12 years. A Level 5 felony carries a sentence of up to 6 years. A Level 6 felony carries a sentence of up to 2.5 years. All levels of felonies carry a penalty of a maximum $10,000 fine.
Additionally, you can be charged with a crime even years after the alleged offense occurred. In Indiana, there are various statutes of limitations that outline the time period within which you can be charged with a crime. There are no statutes of limitations for Level 1 or Level 2 felonies, which means you can be charged with those offenses at any time. The statute of limitations for Level 3, 4, 5, and 6 felonies expires five years from when the alleged offense occurred. The statute of limitations for all misdemeanors expires two years from when the alleged offense occurred. There are exceptions to these statutes of limitations rules when the alleged crime involved a minor or was a sex crime.
What to Do If You’ve Been Charged with a Crime
You may have received a citation notifying you that you’ve been charged with a crime, which is common for some misdemeanor crimes, or you may have been arrested and charged with a crime. Some things are important for you to do or refrain from doing to help your chances of beating your charges or reducing your penalties.
If you’ve received a citation, hire an attorney right away. Likewise, if you’ve been arrested, the first thing you should do is request an attorney. An attorney will protect you from hindering your case by accident and help ensure that your rights are protected throughout the legal process.
Second, remember you have the right to remain silent, and you should do so. Anything you say to law enforcement or an officer of the court, however inconsequential you think it may be, could be used against you in your case. Aside from not speaking, it’s in your best interests to be as cooperative as possible. You don’t want a resisting arrest charge added to your current charge.
Why Choose The Criminal Defense Team to Defend You
The Criminal Defense Team has been serving clients throughout Indiana for decades. We have a rich history filled with dedication and hard work in defending clients all over Indiana for many different crimes.
Three of our attorneys are former prosecutors, which means we have unique insight into how the prosecutor’s office works and how they prosecute the crimes our clients have been charged with. Our office includes five of the six attorneys in the state that are Board Certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. We’ve earned these designations because we’ve shown a high level of trial expertise when defending our clients at trial when necessary. We don’t try to avoid going to trial if it serves the best interests of our clients.
We are committed to standing by our clients during an incredibly difficult, scary, and high-stakes time in their lives. We’re compassionate, and we understand that our clients need strong representation. We are uniquely equipped to provide that strength for them.
Contact The Criminal Defense Team Today
If you’ve been charged with a crime, you must take it seriously. The repercussions can be severe. The Greenwood attorneys at The Criminal Defense Team understand what’s at stake, and we understand the law after defending thousands of clients for decades. We’re here to protect your rights as a defendant, mount a vigorous defense against your charges, and help you get the best outcome in your case.
Call us today at (317) 687-8326 to schedule a free evaluation, or reach out to us online.