Indianapolis Criminal Defense Law Blog

What is considered a violation of probation in Indiana?

A criminal conviction is undoubtedly upsetting; however, it does not have to destroy your future. If you are able to negotiate or otherwise receive a more lenient sentence, you can still maintain some semblance of normalcy in your life, especially if it allows you to avoid incarceration.

This is why it can be such a relief to be placed on probation and not behind bars. That being said, you must understand that probation is still very serious, and you must still follow strict rules. If you do not, you risk violating your probation and having it revoked. 

Drug crimes may implicate both state and federal charges

Officials across the country have been mounting large-scale drug stings. Last week, a force involving federal, state and local law enforcement officers served arrest warrants on over 40 suspects in a nearby jurisdiction. The suspects are accused of various drug crimes, including dealing. Of particular note is the preparation that went into the sting: Authorities began their investigation about six months in advance.

If you have been arrested on drug charges, it is important to understand the types of charges you may need to defend against. The specific charge generally depends on the type of drug, the amount, and whether misdemeanor, felony or even federal drug charges apply.

Do long-term care facilities mishandle claims of sexual abuse?

A recent article exposed a disturbing statistic: Since 2000, over 16,000 complaints of sex crimes have been reported in long-term care facilities across the United States. The data, collected by the Administration for Community Living, tracked only complaints where state long-term care ombudsmen became involved in the case resolutions.

However, it is important to distinguish unsupported allegations from substantiated claims. For example, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services maintain a database of abuse complaints. That data indicates that 226 nursing homes have been cited for failing to protect residents from substantiated instances of sexual abuse between 2010 and 2015. Records of unsubstantiated allegations were not kept. Similarly, state agencies generally will not release an alleged perpetrator’s name until the allegations against him or her have been substantiated.

Are you worried a DUI will negatively affect your future?

If you are a college student in Indiana, you've likely been cramming for final exams and are greatly looking forward to the winding down of this semester. Even if you take a little spring break vacation with your friends, you might also be among those who are working their way through university by holding down a job all year round. Perhaps the work you do is within your field of study, thus already allowing you to have a foot in the door for a future career after graduation.

This is an exciting time in your life. You're getting good grades, making money to pay down your loans and forging friendships that may last your lifetime. Others who have trod the path before you have sometimes been caught off-guard by sudden, unexpected circumstances that not only affected their lives on campus but also had negative impacts on their long-term futures as well. Many such situations involved DUI charges.

Are Indiana lawmakers conflicted over sex offender punishments?

Based on two different bills headed to the Indiana Senate, state lawmakers may have conflicting views on sex crime enforcement.

Specifically, the bills take opposing stances on the appropriate punishments for certain sex crime offenders. One bill, SB 166, seeks to help defendants charged with prostitution who may actually be trafficking victims. Such victims may have been forced into prostitution, as part of the transgressions against them.

Generic drug company executives facing criminal charges

In previous posts, we’ve examined a number of different white collar crimes, such as financial fraud. Today’s post focuses on another type of white collar crime: antitrust violations.

An antitrust offense generally refers to a behavior that violates one of several federal antitrust laws, such as the Sherman Act or the Clayton Act. The offense also might also be punishable under state-specific antitrust laws.

Are the odds stacked against you in a white collar investigation?

White collar crimes are a certain type of theft. Although they are generally financial and non-violent in nature, the penalties for a white collar crime can be surprisingly harsh. Depending on the amount of defrauded assets, a defendant may be facing more imprisonment than one accused of a weapons or aggravated crime.

Broadly speaking, white collar crimes often involve an intentional misrepresentation for personal or financial gain. There are many forms that financial fraud can take, including bankruptcy fraud, computer and Internet crimes, identity theft, mail and wire fraud, bank or mortgage fraud, money laundering, or racketeering. Each of these fraudulent activities is classified as a federal criminal offense, punishable by imprisonment and penalties.

Is court software prejudicing the rights of criminal defendants?

Our Indiana law firm is committed to protecting the constitutional rights of criminal defendants.

Often, our work focuses on procedural due process. We bring improprieties in the arrest record or search methods utilized by the police to the court’s attention, which may result in that evidence being excluded. We also work to prevent aggressive prosecutors from attempts to bias the jury or manipulate court procedures.

Indiana officials are cracking down on Ponzi schemes

White collar offenses come in all shapes and sizes. Larger scale examples, like a Ponzi scheme, often make the news because of the sheer number of victims. However, prosecutors often aggressively pursue even smaller scale fraudulent schemes.

For example, federal prosecutors recently charged two Indiana men with various securities fraud charges. According to the allegations, the men sold securities to their clients, despite not being registered to do so with either the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission or the state of Indiana. In exchange for receiving pensions, annuities, cash and 401(k) funds, the men reportedly sold securities and guaranteed the safety of those investments.

Facing drug charges in Indiana?

Hearing a loud knock on the door and seeing several uniformed officers with serious looks on their faces who are asking to come inside and "take a look around" is a frightening situation many young adults in Indiana have experienced. If the officers are granted entry, and they claim to discover something that raises suspicion of illegal drug activity. The result of such a visit might wind up with one or more persons handcuffed and shuffled off to the backseat of a police car.

You might already be aware that you do not have to allow investigators into your home without the existence of a valid search warrant. You also do not have to answer any questions beyond those regarding basic information, such as your name and whether you live at the residence in question. Any additional information you provide could possibly be incriminating if you wind up being taken into custody and charged with a drug crime.

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