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Have you been charged with a crime in Indianapolis? If so, know that you have the right to fight back against the charges you face, and the experienced defense lawyers at The Criminal Defense Team will be ready to stand up and fight for you, no matter what you’ve been accused of.

If you’ve been accused of a crime, be it a minor infraction or something more serious, you’re likely facing a ton of uncertainty. One thing’s for sure – Indianapolis prosecutors will do whatever they can to convict you with a maximum penalty. But here at The Criminal Defense Team, we believe in due process and preserving your right to a fair trial. No matter what you’ve been accused of, you deserve that as a citizen of The United States.

The Criminal Defense Team understands that people are arrested and accused of crimes every day, and we’re here to fight for you. Our team has taken over 1,000 cases to trial, so we aren’t afraid to aggressively defend you in court. When you work with us, we do everything in our power to fight for you. Don’t delay – give us a call at 317-751-9557 today so we can get to work on building your defense immediately.

Should I Consult a Lawyer if I’m Accused of a Crime?

The answer is a resounding “yes.” There is no better way to ensure that your rights are protected than by working with an experienced criminal defense lawyer.

When you’re accused of a crime, no advice compares to advice from an experienced defense attorney. Criminal defense attorneys know how to navigate the intricacies of crime cases in their jurisdiction and thus know how to develop the best plan of attack. An experienced attorney is your best weapon against an aggressive prosecutor and a harsh sentence. Also, without an attorney to advocate for you, you may be tempted to accept a plea deal that doesn’t represent your best interests.

Regardless of what you’ve been accused of, you deserve quality legal representation and a fair trial. Without the guidance of an experienced lawyer, it’s just you against the prosecution – which is not a fair fight at all.

Why Should I Choose The Criminal Defense Team to Represent Me?

The Criminal Defense Team at The Criminal Defense Team is the best choice for counsel in Indianapolis for a multitude of reasons. We have more than 120 years of combined criminal defense experience. Additionally, our team consists of five of Indiana’s total of six Board-Certified lawyers, putting us leagues above the rest. The Criminal Defense Team is extremely thorough, so you’ll be informed and advocated for every step of the way. When you work with us, you’ll never be left in the dark about what’s happening with your case.

Another huge advantage of choosing The Criminal Defense Team is that three of us are former prosecutors ourselves. We know their tricks, and we know what strategies to employ to keep the prosecutors from using them against you. We aren’t afraid of the prosecution, and when you work with us, you don’t have to be either. We have no problem taking your case to trial – in fact, we believe it is often the key to getting prosecutors to back down. When we defend you, we will not let you be bullied.

Andrew Baldwin, our founding partner, is a Board-Certified Criminal Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He is also a member of the Indiana State Bar Association, the Hamilton County Bar Association, and the Johnson County Bar Association, of which he was president in 2013. Compassionate and experienced, Mr. Baldwin will use his wealth of knowledge developed over decades to aggressively defend you instead of just accepting an easy plea agreement.

All of the outstanding members of The Criminal Defense team have years of experience, top-notch credentials, and the no-fear attitude necessary to fight for your rights. Our team will always do what’s best for you – not just what’s easiest for us. We are so passionate about helping you that your initial consultation will be completely free. Another plus? We’re available to talk to you right now. Give us a call at 317-751-9557 when you’re ready. If you’d prefer to communicate with us online, no problem. Check out our contact page and send us a message.

Cases We Handle at The Criminal Defense Team

The Criminal Defense Team is well-equipped to handle the broadest array of criminal cases in Indianapolis. We see all kinds of cases every single day. The types of cases we handle include, but are not limited to:

  • DUI (OVWI)
  • Domestic violence/Domestic battery
  • Drug crimes
  • Sex crimes
  • Battery
  • Theft
  • Robbery
  • Burglary
  • Murder
  • Manslaughter
  • Appeals

The Criminal Defense team can assist you with defense for everything from misdemeanors to felonies, even those that aren’t listed above. Additionally, we offer an array of other services, including assistance with appeals, probation violations, and suspended driver’s licenses.

We believe it’s important to cover all legal grounds because the reality is that you can face jail time for even the most benign misdemeanors. Whatever you’ve been accused of, we will treat you with compassion and understanding as we aggressively defend you against the prosecution.

Frequently Asked Questions

I’ve been arrested. What happens now?

First of all, remember that the 5th Amendment grants you the right to remain silent in dealing with the police. In most cases, the police department that arrested you will file a criminal complaint in court. You will be required to appear before the court. But no matter what you were arrested for, you have the right to quality legal counsel.

What if I intend to plead guilty to my charges? Do I still need a lawyer?

Even if you intend to plead guilty, the advice of an experienced criminal defense attorney is invaluable. Your defense lawyer will ensure that you make the most informed decisions possible throughout your case.

What if I’m offered a plea bargain?

Never accept a plea bargain without the advice of your defense attorney. Your attorney will help you evaluate the bargain to ensure that it is fair and just – and that the pros outweigh the cons in your situation.

What is the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor?

A misdemeanor is typically a less serious crime. Common misdemeanors include petty theft, public intoxication, trespassing, and possession of small amounts of personal-use marijuana in states in which it is illegal (no amount of marijuana is legal in Indiana). Felonies are more serious crimes – they include arson and murder. Both types of crimes can result in jail time. If you’re unsure about the level of charges you may be facing, give The Criminal Defense Team a call.

Can my criminal charges in Indiana be sealed?

The answer depends on the level of crime committed, but in many cases, criminal charges can be sealed under current Indiana law. Reach out to us so we can look into your case.

Indiana Crime Statistics

In 2019, there were 157,600 crimes reported in the state of Indiana. Of these, 24,966 were violent, and 132,694 involved property. Reported murders made up the smallest amount of the violent crimes at just under 400. The smallest amount of property crimes were motor vehicle thefts at just under 14,000, and the largest amount was burglaries at just under 22,000.

Despite these statistics, we know that people go to jail for crimes they didn’t commit – or for way longer than they should for certain crimes. Fortunately, more people are being exonerated in the United States than ever before. Compassion and determination are key in helping those who’ve been hurt by the criminal system, and The Criminal Defense Team has both in spades.

Again, we believe you deserve to be treated fairly no matter what crime you’ve been accused of. Don’t be afraid to reach out to us. We check judgment at the door and treat every client with personalized attention to their case.

Give The Criminal Defense Team a Call Today

The Criminal Defense team at The Criminal Defense Team is the best in the business when it comes to quality, thorough legal representation. We are passionate about preserving the rights that every citizen is guaranteed by our Constitution. With our wealth of education and experience, we’re confident that there’s nothing we can’t handle. When you work with us, you can sleep a little easier knowing that we’ll make the best possible case for you against the prosecution.

Our initial consultations, no matter what kind of charges you’re facing, are always free. We don’t have to discuss any costs until you’re ready to move forward with our defense. We have offices located in Franklin, Indianapolis, and Noblesville for your convenience. We look forward to assisting you when you give us a call at 317-751-9557 or send us a message today.

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