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When you or a loved one has been charged with a crime, hiring a lawyer can be one of the most important decisions in preparing a successful defense. Our firm has over forty years of representing individuals charged with crimes throughout the state of Indiana. We have successfully tried cases to jury, negotiated favorable plea agreements, obtained sentence modification, and prevailed at the Indiana Supreme Court and Indiana Court of Appeals in getting convictions and sentences overturned and reduced on appeal.

 

We have also successfully represented clients in pursuing post-conviction relief due to ineffective assistance of counsel, and we have prevailed in getting court records relating to felonies, misdemeanors, and traffic infractions sealed from public access. Our firm has also helped our clients with suspended licenses obtain specialized driving privileges, so they could return to work and support their families.

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  • Wall v. State, 441 N.E.2d 682 (Ind. 1982)—Client’s five counts of murder overturned due to illegal interrogation; charges subsequently dismissed outright.

  • Hunt v. State, 31 N.E.3d 550 (Ind. Ct. App. 2015)—challenging a criminal trial court’s jurisdiction to consider a child’s murder charge.  

  • Kelley v. State, 2 N.E.3d 777 (Ind. Ct. App. 2014)—Client found not guilty by reason of insanity.

  • State v. Holcomb, client who was charged with attempted murder was convicted and sentenced at trial to term of two years of probation.

  • State v. Baker, successfully opposing the government’s attempt to have juvenile charged and tried with murder as an adult.

Murder and Attempted Murder

  • Black v. State, 79 N.E.3d 965 (Ind. Ct. App. 2017)—finding client’s right to counsel in a robbery and conspiracy case was violated and also reducing his sentence by nearly half.

Robbery, Burglary, and Conspiracy

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  • Duncan v. State, 23 N.E.3d 805 (Ind. Ct. App. 2014)—vacating client’s sentence for identity deception and pointing a firearm. Client’s sentence for resisting law enforcement and aggravated battery reduced.

Resisting Law Enforcement

  • Nickels v. State, 2017 Ind. App. Lexis 324 (Aug. 3, 2017)—vacating client’s conviction for battery and interfering with an emergency call because she was denied her right to make a closing argument.

  • Thompson v. State, 2017 Ind. App. Lexis 388 (Sept. 8, 2017)—vacating client’s battery conviction and reducing his sentence on double jeopardy grounds.

  • Fleming v. State, 2017 Ind. App. Lexis 417 (Sept. 29, 2017)—a case challenging the limits between angry taunts and criminal intimidation.

Battery and Intimidation

  • Bowen v. State, 988 N.E.2d 1134 (Ind. 2013), rehearing granted in part and denied in part, 1 N.E.3d 131 (Ind. 2013) —Indiana Supreme Court case ordering client to be resentenced and outlining the procedure for resentencing when a new judge takes the bench.

Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Serious Violent Offender

  • Sisson v. State, 985 N.E.2d 1 (Ind. Ct. App. 2012)—challenging client’s habitual offender charge as vindictive prosecution.

Habitual Offender Allegations

  • McGuire v. State, 77 N.E.3d 1198 (Ind. 2017)—reversing child molesting sentence because judge, prosecutor, and prior attorney misunderstood the law.

  • Chiszar v. State, 936 N.E.2d 816 (Ind. Ct. App. 2010)—challenging sufficiency of voyeurism evidence and the “knock-and-talk” procedure used by police to enter his home and obtain evidence of child pornography.  

  • State v. Battering, 2017 Ind. App. Lexis 413 (Sept. 28, 2017)—successfully suppressing client’s statement to police in a case alleging child molesting.

  • Townsend v. State, 26 N.E.3d 619 (Ind. Ct. App. 2015)—arguing that our client, who had been charged with vicarious sexual gratification, had a constitutional right to call a critical witness in his own defense.

Sex Offenses: Child Molesting, Rape, and Child Solicitation

  • Smith v. Richert, 35 F.3d 300 (7th Cir. 1994) and Smith v. State, 588 N.E.2d 1303 (Ind. Ct. App. 1992)—client asserted that his criminal conviction for refusing to turn over financial records was a violation of his constitutional right not to incriminate himself under the Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution.

  • Renier v. State, 2017 Ind. App. Unpub. Lexis 317 (March 15, 2017)—acquitting client of corrupt business influence who was alleged to have participated in extensive scheme to steal and resell video games from retailers.  

  • State v. Long, et al. (1982)—two former police chiefs acquitted of multiple counts alleging scheme of accepting bribes from house of prostitution.

White Collar Crimes - Bribery, Fraud, Theft, and Corrupt Business Influence

  • Sciaraffa v. State, 28 N.E.3d 351 (Ind. Ct. App. 2015)—client challenged the testing process used for testing methamphetamine.

  • Cabrera v. State, 2011 Ind. App. Unpub. Lexis 720 (May 31, 2011)—reducing term of incarceration in a dealing in cocaine conviction by twenty years.

  • Crook v. State, 827 N.E.2d 643 (Ind. Ct. App. 2005)—suppressing evidence against client because it was obtained from an unlawful search of his trash under the Indiana Constitution.

  • Burkett v. State, 785 N.E.2d 276 (Ind. Ct. App. 2003)—suppressing evidence and vacating client’s conviction for possession of a controlled substance.

  • Haley v. State, 696 N.E.2d 98 (Ind. Ct. App. 1998)—evidence that client was allegedly smoking marijuana in a tent was suppressed because the right to privacy in a home extends to transitory camping in a state park.

Operating While Intoxicated, Drug Possession, and Dealing Drugs.

Below are examples of some of our criminal work.