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The Criminal Defense Team

More than 15,000 lawyers practice in Indiana, but only 6 can claim the title of Board Certified* Criminal Law Specialist. Amazingly, 5 of those 6 certified specialists work closely together in the same law firm… our firm. Our team has been assembled by design, not happenstance.

Michael R. Auger

SENIOR ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY
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When I graduated from Indiana University McKinney School of Law in 2002, I began working for the law firm of Jones, Hoffman & Admire located in Franklin, Indiana. At that time, that firm’s founding partner, Tom G. Jones, had built wide-ranging practice involving the small town staples of family law and criminal defense, but also involved significant work in the areas of medical malpractice, personal injury, as well as the representation of several governmental entities including the Johnson County Board of Commissioners and the Johnson County Sheriff. While working for this firm, I became intimately involved in several significant and serious criminal matters and immediately became aware of the power and advantage that the State of Indiana has over criminally accused, particularly those who are indigent and unable to afford quality, experienced representation. It was during this time that I was involved with one of the firm’s senior partners in overturning our client’s conviction of B Felony Battery Causing Serious Bodily Injury by successfully arguing the case before the Indiana Court of Appeals, which resulted in the reported opinion of Beauchamp v. State, 788 N.E.2d 881 (Ind. Ct. App. 2003) which is still regularly cited today for the proposition that indigent defendants are entitled to funds for expert witnesses where the State is intending to present overwhelmingly complex scientific evidence against them at trial.

Shortly after leaving the firm of Jones, Hoffman & Admire in 2005, I was immediately engaged in the defense of someone charged with a C Felony Battery with a Deadly Weapon after my client knifed someone in the neck in the middle of the street, in broad daylight, in Helmsburg, Indiana. The Prosecutor in this case despised my client because she had prior experience with him and would never believe that the act that he had committed was done in self-defense. Again, it was through my involvement in this case that I learned that often times Prosecutors are often blind to the truth of many aspects of their cases and see things only through a lens which confirms their thoughts of a client’s guilt. More significantly, police officers in this case worked with the Prosecutor to gather evidence in such a way so as again to paint a picture of guilt of the accused. In fact, without my perseverance, the “alleged victim’s” much larger knife would have never been found hidden in the crack of the seat of his car. Shockingly, even though this hidden evidence was found, the Prosecution still wouldn’t offer my client anything less than pleading guilty as charged to the C Felony Battery with a Deadly Weapon. Unfortunately, in the face of this sort of adversity, many lawyers would likely fold because many lawyers are afraid of taking their cases to trial. However, after a three-day trial, the jury found my client not guilty of all charges on the basis that he had acted in self-defense. This trial taught me that they only way to deal with unreasonable prosecutors who make unreasonable offers is to let juries decide what justice looks like.

Between 2008 and 2020, I focused my practice almost exclusively on family law matters. Over these years, I have tried literally hundreds of divorces, child custody cases, contested adoptions, and a myriad other family law matters to the courts. My family law practice has provided invaluable experience in understanding people, understanding human nature, all the while allowing me to hone my skills as an attorney in listening to and cross-examining witnesses. But after numerous discussions with the founding partner of the Criminal Defense Team, Andy Baldwin, I decided in 2020 to combine my skills with the other members of the Criminal Defense Team hopefully to the benefit of all of our clients. Since working with The Criminal Defense Team, I have come to see first-hand how the collaboration between several attorneys working together brings out the best possible outcomes for our clients.

Professional Credentials
EDUCATION
  • McKinney School of Law – Indiana University, Indianapolis – J.D. 2002
  • Mary Washington College – Fredricksburg, Virginia – B.S. History with Distinction 1997
PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND BAR ASSOCIATIONS
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Johnson County Bar Association
  • Admitted to practice in
    • Indiana
    • United States District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana
EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING
  • Michael Auger, P.C. – (2009-2020)
  • Auger & Auger, P.C. – (2005-2009)
  • Jones Hoffman & Admire (2002-2005)
PERSONAL INTERESTS
  • Backpacking
  • Live music (Phish and the Grateful Dead)
  • Craft beers and whiskey
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The Results

How We Get The Best Possible Results For Our Clients

We are confident that our collective expertise concentrating in criminal law will put our clients in the best position to receive the best practical outcome available.

5 OF 6
BOARD-CERTIFIED* CRIMINAL LAWYERS IN THE STATE OF INDIANA ARE ON OUR TEAM.
3 Former Prosecutors
Having 3 former prosecutors on our team gives us a strategic advantage when fighting the people prosecuting you
120+ Years
of dedicated criminal law experience, serving the entire state of Indiana
400+ Jury Trials
Our team has taken 1000+ cases to trial, including 400+ jury trials

National Board of Trial Advocacy Certifications

Our Board Certifications

More than 15,000 lawyers practice in Indiana, but only 6 can claim the title of Board Certified* Criminal Law Specialist. Amazingly, 5 of those 6 certified specialists work closely together in the same law firm…our firm. Our team has been assembled by design, not happenstance.

Board Certification is an elite title reserved for those lawyers who have expertise and dedication in one area of law as well as extensive trial experience. We are proud of that title and what it represents. Our Board Certified* lawyers fight for our clients and work with all of our lawyers every day to help obtain the best possible outcome for our clients.

You wouldn’t want a general practice doctor who is not board certified to handle your heart condition, why would you want a general practice law firm with no Board Certified Criminal Trial Specialists to handle your criminal case?

*Andrew Baldwin, Mark Kamish, Kathie Perry, Maxwell Wiley, and Carrie Miles are certified Criminal Trial Specialists by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA), a nonprofit organization that certifies attorneys of various legal focuses. To earn an NTBA certification, an attorney must demonstrably show the highest levels of trial experience, competence and integrity.

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