Indianapolis Criminal Defense Law Blog

Meth use can cause you to suffer in personal and legal ways

A drug addiction is no beneficial matter. Some people may feel that they need a drug to keep moving forward in life, but in reality, substance abuse causes more damage than good. Though some drugs may have a lesser damaging effect than others, any prolonged use or general misuse of a substance could lead to serious or even permanent damage to a person's body and life.

When it comes to the use of methamphetamine, the toxicity of the substance can easily and quickly cause you to suffer. Both your brain and mind could experience damaging effects that make life much more difficult to contend with. If you believe that the "high" feeling is worth the destruction that meth use causes, you have likely become addicted.

Aborted marijuana deal leads to attempted murder charge

Drug deals and firearms can be a dangerous combination. On March 29, a young Indianapolis man suffered a gunshot wound to his eye in what appears to be a drug-related shooting. However, despite the seriousness of his wounds, the victim was able to provide police with the name of the suspected shooter, who was apprehended a few days later and now faces serious criminal charges.

According to the probable cause affidavit filed by police, the victim left the house he shares with his girlfriend at about 10:30 p.m. He told the girlfriend that he intended to get some snacks from a nearby gas station. Five minutes later, the man returned to the apartment covered in blood and suffering from a gunshot wound to his eye. His girlfriend tried to clean him up, and he allegedly mumbled that someone tried to rob him.

Death of bail bond agent shows dangers of the job

Virtually every jail in the country, including the Marion County Jail in Indianapolis, is the de facto office for bail bond agents. While these agents deal almost exclusively with criminal defendants, their line of work is not considered especially dangerous. That perception may change after the shooting death of an Indianapolis bail bond agent at a funeral last week.

A veteran Indianapolis agent planned to attend a funeral at which he would confront a convicted criminal who had violated the terms of his bond. According to the police probable cause affidavit, the bail bond agent planned to confront the two brothers and rely on other agents to effect the arrest. When the two brothers were cornered, one of them jumped on the back of one of the bail bond agents, and a fight erupted. One of the agents told police that he heard two gunshots and saw a gun in the hands of one of the brothers. He then saw that the supervising agent had been shot. The agent chased the brother with the gun, and, during the chase, he saw the brother discard a pistol. The suspect was then caught and arrested. Two shell casings were found at the scene that matched the caliber of the discarded handgun.

Arrests reveal drug smuggling route from southern US border

Despite Indianapolis' location in the Midwestern United States, police still see lots of drugs that appear to have been made in Mexico and shipped illegally to distributors in Indiana and elsewhere. The investigation and arrest of two people shows how drug cartels use different means to ship their products to distributors in Indianapolis.

On March 1, Kansas Highway Patrol Officers stopped a vehicle near Salina, Kansas. Police found about three pounds of methamphetamine hidden under the back seat. The legal basis of the search was not clear. Police allege that the driver of the car told them that he'd picked up the meth in Tucson and was told to deliver it to a man in Indianapolis known as "La Lupe." The Kansas Highway Patrol contacted police in Indianapolis and described the incident. They then arranged to accompany the man and his package to Indianapolis to attempt a controlled delivery to La Lupe.

Man facing gun charges after shooting ruled as self-defense

Self-defense is frequently asserted when one individual shoots another. A recent homicide in Indianapolis demonstrates that even when this argument succeeds, the person who pulled the trigger may face other criminal charges. The first homicide of 2018 in Lawrence, Indiana, has been ruled self-defense, but the shooter is now facing another criminal charge based upon his criminal history.

The incident began when a client of the defendant's tax preparation service began to berate his wife for the slow preparation of her tax return. The defendant's wife told him about the woman's threats, and he retrieved a pistol that his wife kept in her desk. While the defendant was sitting in a chair by the shop window, a man arrived and entered the shop. He raised his sweatshirt to reveal two handguns carried in the waistband of his pants.

Various types of fraud charges and how to protect your rights

Like most Indiana residents, you probably carry out many duties or engage in various activities on a regular basis that have to do with finances. Whether it's simply managing your own household budget, filing taxes or balancing a checking or savings account, handling money or juggling financial numbers is a typical part of life for most adults. If you happen to own a business, then you likely have firsthand experience in resolving financial problems and overcoming financial challenges of all kinds.

Sometimes, clerical errors, oversights or other mishaps can create complicated financial situations that take a lot of time and effort to rectify. If such circumstances lead to facing some type of fraud charges, your entire livelihood, reputation and freedom may be at stake. Just because prosecutors charge you with a fraud crime does not necessarily mean the court will convict you of the same. There are often many defense options available to fight such charges in court.

Overdoses lead to the arrests of four men

Some of Indianapolis' most vulnerable citizens are the indigent men who frequent the city's various shelters. In January, staff members at the Wheeler Mission men's shelter noticed that some of their clients were engaging in erratic and aggressive behavior. Police were called to investigate, and their findings make up the bulk of the case against four men charged with a variety of gun and drug crimes.

The victims appeared to be suffering from an overdose from an unknown drug. Twenty-five men overdosed in a single 24-hour period. Security cameras captured some of the chaos. In one video, a man is shown smoking a cigarette outside the shelter; in a few moments, he attempts to walk but falls, apparently unconscious. In another, one man bit another in the neck. Dozens of victims were taken to hospital emergency rooms.

Police, federal agents break up drug-trafficking organization

A joint investigation dating back to May 2016 has resulted in numerous arrests of people alleged to be members of a large gang. The arrests were made on February 23 when federal agents and Indiana police officers executed search warrants at four locations on the north and north-east sides of Indianapolis. The investigation has produced a number of gun and drug dealing charges.

The authorities released a 45-page criminal complaint that describes some of the group's alleged activities. Members of the group allegedly bought and sold large amounts of guns and drugs and engaged in various violent acts. The group allegedly operated in an area bounded by 30th and 38th Streets between Keystone and Sutherland Avenues in northeast Indianapolis.

Paramedic charged with stealing fentanyl from ambulance

An addiction coupled with ready access to the addictive substance can be a dangerous combination. The Marion County prosecutor's office filed several drug crime charges against a 30-year-old woman who allegedly stole fentanyl from an ambulance and used the drugs herself.

The suspect was employed as a medical technician by a local hospital and was working as a paramedic. The alleged theft was discovered through the review of ambulance supply checks. The amount of narcotics carried in an ambulance must be entered into a continuing log that shows the full amount carried and the amount remaining after a trip during which the drugs were used. A discrepancy in the logs for the ambulance alerted investigators to a possible theft. The EMS supervisor at the hospital shared the drug audit information with the Indianapolis office of the Drug Enforcement Administration, who passed it along to Indianapolis police.

Registered sex offender faces new charges

Convicted sex offenders in Indiana are required to report their address, work place, e-mail address and other information to the state as a precaution against further violations. This information is contained in an online database known as the Indiana Sex Offender Registry. This program is intended to serve as a warning system that will help people in Indiana avoid contact with sexual predators. Unfortunately, the system has occasional failures, as demonstrated by a recent federal court indictment of a former youth minister and registered sex offender.

The indictment alleges that the defendant met his 14-year-old victim through his work and began contacting her through social media. Police allege that the defendant secretly met with the victim at least 15 times. The meetings were allegedly conducted at the defendant's residence, in his vehicle and in a church office.

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