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Indianapolis teen faces drug charges following traffic stop

Due to the dangers associated with most controlled substances, being charged with a drug crime can be a serious situation for those accused. Depending on the details of the crime, these charges could carry serious penalties, damaging the accused's personal and professional reputation. Thus, it is important that defendants understand that they may have the ability to take an aggressive approach against drug charges.

According to recent reports, an Indianapolis teen was arrested for drug related charges in Hancock County. Based on preliminary reports, the 18-year-old female was arrested on suspicion of drug crimes following a traffic stop. Police officers in McCordsville claim that they stopped the teen for failing to use a turn signal while she was changing lanes.

Plot to steal cash and marijuana leads to felony murder charges

An alleged plot involving the theft of marijuana and $15,000 in cash has resulted in the filing of murder charges against four Indiana men in Lake County. The case illustrates the effect of the "felony murder rule," a doctrine stating that anyone involved in a felony that results in one or more deaths can be charged with murder, regardless of whether the accused was the actual murderer. The defendant faces homicide and other serious criminal charges.

According to the police affidavit, three men planned to rob a residence in Hobart in hope of stealing a safe containing $15,000 in cash and an undisclosed amount of marijuana. One of the men allegedly asked the defendant to act as a lookout during the robbery. When police responded to reports of gunshots being fired at the scene of the intended burglary, they found one man lying in the driveway with a gunshot wound to his face.

Three shot during funeral procession for recent homicide victim

Funeral processions are expected to be moments of calm and grieving, not occasions for attempted murder. A violent exception to such expectations recently occurred during a funeral procession at a cemetery in northeast Indianapolis. According to police, three persons received gunshot wounds as they participated in a funeral for the victim of an earlier violent crime on the west side.

The funeral was honoring a woman who had been killed last week by gunfire outside of a west side bakery. According to police, the procession was approaching Southerland Park Cemetery when men in a white SUV opened fire. Witnesses said that women and children were diving for cover when the shooting began. One of the victims was a man identified as the cousin of the homicide victim and allegedly the leader of a local drug gang. Two women were also shot in the incident. Police did not release details of the victims' medical conditions, but all of them appeared to be in stable condition.

White collar crime: What is it, exactly?

You've probably heard the term a time or two before, but are you really clear on how Indiana law defines white-collar crime? The phrases white-collar and blue-collar have been around for ages, the latter typically referring to the laborers and middle-class people, and the former signifying upper-class lifestyles and non-labor employment positions. So, what does that have to do with crime? There are many types of illegal activities that fall under this particular category.

Knowing what they are and understanding the potential consequences that may occur if a court ever convicts you of illegal activities may help you avoid problems altogether, or at least know where to turn for help if you get into trouble with the law.

Teenager arrested in connection with triple homicide

Triple murders are rare, but triple murders in which a juvenile is implicated as the potential murderer are especially rare. Nevertheless, just such a case may be unfolding in Indianapolis where police have just arrested a 15-year old male in connection with the shooting deaths of three adult males. The suspect is currently in custody and he may be facing a number of serious criminal charges.

On Sunday, July 16, 2017, Indianapolis police responded to reports of a shooting in a north side apartment building. Upon arrival at the apartment, officers found three unresponsive males who appeared to have suffered gunshot wounds. Two other males, neither of whom was injured, were also in the apartment. Witnesses reported seeing two individuals leave the apartment building, jump into a car and speed away immediately after the shooting. Police were initially surprised by the shooting because the apartment building was not known as a common source of crime.

Man charged in killing over alleged drug deal

When a business deal goes awry, the parties often wind up in court. When a drug deal is botched, one or more of the parties often winds up dead and the other parties face serious criminal charges. In a recent variation on this theme, an Indianapolis man was allegedly murdered by four men who were searching his apartment for marijuana supposedly belonging to the Mexican Mafia.

According to the probable cause affidavit filed by the police, a man living on Ridgeview Drive in Indianapolis agreed in May 2017 to accept delivery of 20 pounds of marijuana. The man who made the request was known only as "Roger." Roger had agreed to pay the man $500 for his assistance. On June 4, Roger and three other men allegedly broke into the apartment looking for the marijuana. The roommate of the man who had arranged the delivery said that the drugs had never arrived. The four men are accused of tying the roommate's hands with zip ties, covering his eyes with duct tape, beating him and stabbing him in the shoulder.

Four arrested in connection with armed robbery

The armed robbery of a McDonald's employee has resulted in the arrest of four persons in an incident that occurred in Taylorsville, a small village south of Indianapolis. Franklin Police, the Indiana State Police and the Johnson County Sheriff's Office cooperated in arresting the suspects and in providing an account of the alleged sequence of event that led to four arrests and a number of criminal charges.

According to police, the 56-year old McDonald's restaurant employee was walking across a parking lot between the drive-in and a nearby convenience store when a car stopped near the man, and the female driver of the vehicle made a sexual proposition. The man kept walking, and one of the suspects got out of the car and approached the victim. The suspect allegedly pointed a gun at the victim's chest and demanded money, credit cards and cellphone. The victim allegedly turned over his cellphone and $20 in cash. The assailant became agitated and pointed the gun at the victim's head. The victim continued to deny that he carried a wallet or that he had any more cash. Eventually, the suspect re-entered the car, which then sped away. The victim said he recognized the car as one that had recently used the McDonald's drive-through window. He immediately phoned police and provided a description of the suspects' car.

Pharmaceutical executives charged in sale of mislabeled drugs

Most drug crimes in Indianapolis and its neighboring communities involve so-called street crimes, in which illicit drugs are sold by the dealer to the user in secretive, cash only transactions. Occasionally, however, a manufacturer of prescription drugs can run afoul of the law by ignoring federal or state laws governing the industry. A recent indictment issued against Pharmakon Pharmaceuticals, Inc., located in nearby Noblesville, charges that the company's executives deliberately violated federal laws that regulate the labeling and sale of prescription drugs.

The indictment alleges that the company regularly shipped drugs to hospitals before tests of the drugs' strength were completed. If the tests showed that the potency of the drug was lower or higher than the dosage stated on the package, the company allegedly ignored the test results and failed to recall the mislabeled drugs. The indictment alleges that at least three infants became ill after receiving the mislabeled medicine. One child was rushed to the hospital by helicopter.

Man claims he's innocent in Lebanon stabbing case

There is nothing worse than being accused of doing something that you did not do. However, such situations quickly escalate when one is accused of committing a violent crime.

One man, age 19, is facing over 20 criminal charges in connection with the death of a Lebanon man, age 73 and an assault on that man's wife, age 68. However, the accused claims he is innocent.

When young love becomes a sex crime

While no one may bat an eye if a 20 year old and a 25 year old engage in consensual sexual activities in Indiana, the story is very different if the parties ages are ages 14 and 19. While the state has what is known as "Romeo and Juliet laws," allowing individuals ages 14 or 15 to have a consensual sexual relationship with someone up to four years older than them, once that four-year limit is breached, that sexual activity becomes a crime. This is known as statutory rape, and it does not matter at that point whether the teenager has consented or misrepresented his or her age, as, with regards to that age limit, the teenager is deemed incapable of consent.

If an individual between the ages of 18 to 20 engages in sexual activities with a 14 or 15-year-old, it is considered to be a level five felony, which means the person could face between one to six years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Moreover, if there are aggravating factors, the crime could be considered a level one felony, which means a person could face between 20 to 40 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

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