Criminal Law

Overview

Criminal law, as distinguished from civil law, is a system of laws concerned with punishment of individuals who commit crimes. Thus, where in a civil case two individuals dispute their rights, a criminal prosecution involves the government deciding whether to punish an individual for either an act or an omission and can have a devastating impact on your life.  Whether it is a minor first-time offense or a serious felony, the type of charge can affect your freedom, your employment, your driving privileges, your rights as a parent or guardian, the right to possess a firearm, the right to vote and a whole host of other collateral consequences.

As with any area of the law, selecting an attorney in a criminal case is an important decision.  You need an attorney who has the skill and experience to represent your rights both in and out of the courtroom and the attorneys at Trenna S. Parker Law Office PC can guide you through this difficult time.

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Whether you are charged with a misdemeanor or a major felony (or both), it is important to obtain legal representation that will work for your best interests.  Walking into a courtroom can be intimidating, especially if you are facing a criminal charge(s) that could potentially place you behind bars.  You need an experienced lawyer to explain the procedures to you and be by your side when you face the court.

 

By carefully analyzing the facts of the case, an experienced attorney can devise a strategy to bring your case to a timely and hopefully favorable outcome, whether that means going to trial or negotiating a favorable plea agreement which minimizes the disruption to your life.  An experienced attorney can determine when facts need to be challenged and the case taken to trial, or whether the facts are such that plea negotiations are the best option.

 

One of the most common criminal offenses we see is that of operating a vehicle while intoxicated (“OWI”).  In addition to the criminal penalties of potential jail time, you can lose your driver’s license and face higher insurance premiums.  An OWI charge can be challenged on constitutional grounds, faulty testing equipment and procedures and several over grounds.  You need an attorney who has experience in OWI cases to best assess your case and advise you.

 

If you have gone to trial and lost, the attorneys at Trenna S. Parker Law Office PC, can assist you in appealing your case to the Indiana Court of Appeals.  Appealing any case requires an understanding of the Indiana Rules of Appellate Procedure and a thorough understanding of criminal law.  Our attorneys can review your case and determine whether you have a sufficient ground to appeal your conviction and advise you of the practicality of pursuing an appeal.  You are under strict time frames when filing an appeal; and no time should be lost if this is something that you decide you wish to pursue. 

 

If you are facing a criminal case, call our office today and set up a free initial consultation. We will be able to walk you through what to expect in your case and how best to proceed depending on the type of charge, level of felony, potential penalties and likelihood of successfully challenging the State’s case.

Below is a list of level of charges, potential jail time and fines:

Level 1 felony 20-40 years and up to a $10,000.00 fine

Level 2 felony 10-30 years and up to a $10,000.00 fine

Level 3 felony 3-16 years and up to a $10,000.00 fine

Level 4 felony 2-12 years and up to a $10,000.00 fine

Level 5 felony 1-6 years and up to a $10,000.00 fine

Level 6 felony 6 months – 2½ years and up to a $10,000.00 fine

 

Class A misdemeanor 0-365 days and up to a $5,000.00 fine

Class B misdemeanor  0-180 days and up to a $1,000.00 fine

Class C misdemeanor 0-60 days and up to a $500.00 fine

When You are Charged with Breaking the Law

The State has the burden to prove that you actually committed a crime beyond a reasonable doubt.  While most people are aware of the standard, few can tell you what it really means.  In layman’s terms, “proof beyond a reasonable doubt” must be proof of such a convincing character that a reasonable person would not hesitate to rely and act upon it.  This excludes mere speculation, hypotheses, guilt by association or presumption of guilt based on past crimes.

In addition, the State must be specific in its criminal charges, meaning that not only does the State have to allege what section of the criminal code was violated, but must also detail how the Defendant allegedly violated the code.  If the crime alleged does not incorporate the specific act that the Defendant did, then no crime has occurred.  A careful review of the allegations and charging information by an experienced attorney is required to determine if the Defendant should challenge the sufficiency of the charges.

Why Choose Us

There are literally thousands of criminal defense attorneys in Indiana.  Choosing the right one for you is difficult as most people do not have the name and phone number of a good criminal defense attorney in their contacts list. 

In order to know if an attorney is right for you ask yourself the following common-sense questions:  Do they return your calls promptly?  Do they listen to your questions and answer them intelligently whether the news is good or bad?  Do they appear knowledgeable, have a web presence, seem at home in court, and have a reputation for fighting like hell?

Contact our offices to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your case.  We want to earn your business, show you what we know, and present our personalized approach to resolving your case.