Things happen in life. People get angry. People act on that anger. Things can be said; actions taken out of that anger. Threatening someone or doing something to harass, annoy or alarm another is against the law. Depending on where the threat occurs (at a business; over the internet; by phone; at a school; etc.) and to whom the threat is made, these charges can range in severity from misdemeanors to felonies.
If charged with one of these crimes, you need lawyers experienced in evaluating evidence against you and who are willing to take a deeper dive to find problems in the State’s theory and case against you. Trying cases of intimidation and harassment before juries is a science and an art. Those qualities will not be brought to bear in a courtroom without experience trying these cases (and the willingness to try them again). The Criminal Defense Team‘s group of Board Certified* attorneys is well-equipped to cover both.
If you or someone you love has been arrested for intimidation or harassment charges, it’s likely that you’re familiar with the punishments of these charges and are looking to mitigate these consequences. At The Criminal Defense Team, we can help. We’ve been successfully defending clients against similar charges since our firm’s founding in 2007. Our team of Indiana intimidation/harassment defense attorneys is prepared to help you as we build a winning case and provide you with the best legal counsel in the area. If you’re ready to take the next step, call us at (317) 687-8326 today to schedule a free, confidential case evaluation.
Why Do I Need a Lawyer?
Building a defense case for intimidation or harassment charges can be stressful to undertake on your own. If you’ve been arrested for such charges, you have the right to have an attorney under federal law. Our attorneys can help make the process of your defense much less difficult. With over fourteen years of experience in defending clients just like you, we’re well-acquainted with the local and federal legislation surrounding charges like these.
Particularly with intimidation and harassment charges, you may be very emotionally invested in your circumstances. With The Criminal Defense Team, you can trust that we will provide sound legal counsel and build successful strategies as we work to defend you against these charges. Not only that, but we will handle all communication on your behalf to streamline the legal process and to protect you from accidental self-incrimination.
Why Choose The Criminal Defense Team?
At The Criminal Defense Team, we use our experience to your advantage. Our team of defense attorneys has a combined 120 years of experience defending clients against drug charges, theft charges, and sex charges, to name a few. There are over 15,000 practicing lawyers in the state of Indiana, but only six of these lawyers have been Board Certified*. Five of those six lawyers practice at The Criminal Defense Team. In addition, half of our team has experience in prosecuting, giving them the inside advantage of understanding the strategies that will be used to prosecute you in a court of law.
Mark E. Kamish, one of our founding partners, has been leading The Criminal Defense Team with dedication and integrity since 2007. Kamish, upon graduating from the Indiana University School of Law in 2000, has devoted himself to defending clients’ rights for more than twenty years. His work with appellate advocacy, the United States Army, and the National College for DUI Defense has provided him many experiences through which to build a repertoire of successful strategies. Kamish has also been Board Certified* Criminal Trial Specialist with the National Board of Trial Advocacy since 2009.
Another one of our top attorneys, Carrie J. Miles, is equally dedicated to protecting clients’ rights with aggressive advocacy and compassionate counsel. Miles, a graduate with the McKinney School of Law’s class of 1996, has been receiving acclaim for her defense work since the beginning. She currently serves as a Criminal Trial Specialist with the National Board of Trial Advocacy and has also worked as a deputy prosecutor, associate attorney, and solo practitioner throughout her career. Miles contributes to the reputation of excellence and commitment that has come to be associated with The Criminal Defense Team over the last fourteen years.
Determining whether you’ll be charged for intimidation is contingent upon several factors. Intimidation is when one person threatens to force someone to act against their own will, retaliate against another person’s prior lawful act, or remove another person from their home, vehicle, or other building.
If you’re facing misdemeanor charges, you can be punished by up to 6 months in jail. You may be facing level 6 felony charges if you’ve threatened to commit a felony involving any of the following parties:
- A school employee
- An employee of the probation department
- An employee of the community corrections department
- A law enforcement officer
- A witness (or their close relative) to any ongoing case against you
- Someone who uses school property or government property
- An employee of a church, hospital, or religious organization
- An owner of a building or structure
The penalty for a level six felony is up to 2.5 years in prison and fines of up to $10,000.
You may be charged with a level 5 felony if your intimidation included the use of a deadly weapon. In the state of Indiana, level 5 felonies are punishable by up to 6 years in prison and fines of up to $10,000.
In the state of Indiana, harassment is considered a Class B misdemeanor, meaning it is punishable by up to 180 days in prison and up to $1,000 in fines. Harassment is defined as an act that intends to annoy, harass, or alarm another individual without any intent of legitimate communication. This may include phone calls, written communication, radio communication, or any communication by means of the internet or electronic devices.
Frequenly Asked Questions
If you still have some questions regarding your intimidation or harassment case, we’ve included a few commonly asked questions below for your reference.
What’s the difference between a misdemeanor charge and a felony charge?
In the state of Indiana, there are several factors used to determine whether you will be charged with a misdemeanor or a felony. The type of crime committed, type of weapon(s) used (if any), damages to property, and injuries/fatalities sustained are all taken into consideration when differentiating between a misdemeanor and a felony.
Misdemeanors range from Class C, which are punishable by up to 60 days in jail and fines of up to $500 to Class A, which are punishable by up to 1 year in jail and fines of up to $5,000.
Felonies range from Level 6, which are punishable by up to 2.5 years in prison, to Murder charges, which are punishable by 45-65 years in prison and fines of up to $10,000. In the state of Indiana, the death penalty is legal and is used in some murder cases.
How much does it cost to hire one of your attorneys?
At The Criminal Defense Team, we provide each client with a confidential case evaluation at no cost to you. This gives our team a chance to better understand your circumstances and begin to strategize how we might best serve you. Should we take your case on, you’ll be charged a flat rate for our legal services. This rate is determined by several aspects of your case, including the severity of your charges, the severity of any damages/injuries/fatalities, whether a weapon was used, and if you have any previous charges on your record.
This flat fee can be paid upfront or through installments if we determine that to be the best option. With The Criminal Defense Team, you can trust that your money is going towards the same excellent legal counsel that we’ve been providing clients with since 2007.
I’ve been arrested. What should I do?
You are granted the right to remain silent under federal law. This means that you are under no obligation to speak to any law enforcement officers or answer any of their questions. The best thing to do is to say and do nothing until you’ve contacted your attorney.
Under federal law, you’re also granted the right to an attorney. When you call The Criminal Defense Team, you’re putting your trust in a team of attorneys that has been reaching favorable outcomes for our clients for over fourteen years. Once you’ve contacted us, we’ll manage all communication on your behalf to maintain your confidence and avoid any accidental admission of guilt.
Can you drop my charges?
It is extremely rare for all charges against a defendant to be dropped once they’ve been filed. Because of this, it’s important that you contact one of our attorneys before charges are filed against you. In the state of Indiana, the initial court hearing is when you are notified of your charges, so it’s important to communicate with an attorney before then.
What’s the difference between an attorney from The Criminal Defense Team and a public defender?
Under federal law, you are granted the right to an attorney, and if you can’t afford one, the state will appoint one for your case. These appointed attorneys are known as public defenders, and they work to defend you in court much as one of our attorneys would. One important difference to note between a public defender and an attorney from The Criminal Defense Team is that at The Criminal Defense Team, you have the advantage of an entire firm and its resources.
Oftentimes, public defenders can be very capable. However, when you choose The Criminal Defense Team, you’re choosing from among the top attorneys in the state of Indiana to successfully manage your intimidation or harassment case.
Need help? Give Us a Call
If you or someone you love has been arrested for intimidation or harassment charges, it can be a challenge to try to manage your case on your own. With The Criminal Defense Team, you can put your trust in top-rated lawyers that have successfully been defending clients just like you since 2007.
Call (317) 687-8326 today to schedule a free, confidential consultation and to take the first step towards protecting your rights.