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Man faces serious charges after a reported drug bust

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department's Flex Team and Narcotics Unit recently seized several Schedule I narcotics allegedly worth $850,000, $16,000 in cash, a handgun, a vehicle and various other drug paraphernalia while helping the Marion County Corrections department on a visit to the home of a 34-year-old man. The incident took place in the N. Olney Street area on the eastern side of Indianapolis.

When the officers arrived at the man's house for the visit, police say the man fled with what was suspected to be a bag of cocaine, but he was apprehended soon. During the visit, the police also say they found a gun on the floor of the house and were able to obtain a warrant to search it. Upon executing that warrant, the officers seized significant quantities of methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin in addition to drug paraphernalia such as scales, baggies and press, which are considered to be clear signs of dealing in narcotics.

A conviction may not mean the end of your criminal case

Over the last several months or even years, you have had to go through the necessary proceedings to address the criminal charges that authorities brought against you. Though you worked hard and presented a meaningful criminal defense, the court did not rule in your favor. As a result, you faced a conviction for the charges.

Before you feel too downtrodden, however, you may want to remember that your case does not have to stop there. You may have the option of going through the appeals process in hopes of reaching a different outcome. Of course, an appeal is not necessarily the same as a criminal trial.

What exactly is a perjury trap?

Many Indianapolis residents who have followed the political news in the last several months have probably heard the phrase "perjury trap." In common parlance, many people may believe it means that a prosecutor is trying to get a high-profile target in criminal trouble by asking difficult or embarrassing questions under oath.

Should the suspect then give erroneous testimony, even if the mistake seems innocent enough, the prosecutor will formally accuse the suspect of perjury and threaten him or her with a felony charge that could land him or her in prison.

Review of federal and state perjury charges

Any Indianapolis resident who follows political and legal developments probably recognizes that perjury is a common accusation that gets thrown around in high profile controversies.

The reality, though, is that most Hoosiers have probably taken a legal oath or affirmation under penalty for perjury on several occasions in their lives, such as when they have filed their taxes or submitted a legal document.

When lobbying government officials becomes a crime

The old saying, greasing the skids, commonly refers to a person, who usually who wants something done for his or her business even on a personal level, developing relationships with public officials and regulators.

The point of these professional relationships is, ultimately, to be able to accomplish one's goal without running in to government red tape or roadblocks that could slow down or even derail a project.

Former sheriff's deputy faces felony charges

A now former deputy of the Marion County Sheriff faced a double whammy recently when his superiors both fired him from his position and arrested him. He was held on charges of sexual misconduct with a service provider and also official misconduct.

Officers say they continue to investigate the case, but their allegations have been forwarded to the prosecutor for final consideration on whether to continue with a criminal case and what charges to pursue. The man had worked for the sheriff for over 10 years.

Sex crime convictions can result in longer prison terms

People in Indianapolis probably can guess that a person who gets accused under Indiana law of certain sex crimes, including things like child molesting or rape, are in very serious trouble.

These sorts of charges carry with them some of the most serious penalties in Indiana, and they can land even a first-time offender in prison for years or even decades.

Getting caught with study drugs defeats their purpose

Midterms or finals, writing a 30-page paper or undertaking some other project that counts for a large portion of your grade could make you nervous. Another student may offer you something to help you concentrate and study harder. You actually consider it because you want to do well.

Before you make a decision that could end up costing you more than a bad grade, you may want to consider the ramifications of taking that first pill. Study drugs have become popular, but that doesn't mean you have to follow the crowd.

The relationship between white collar crime and opioids

As many Indianapolis residents have probably heard, Indiana and the rest of the country are facing a so-called opioid epidemic. Indeed, while not a disease in the strict sense of the word, many people are getting seriously hurt or even killed because of painkiller and other prescription drug abuse.

It is therefore not surprising that law enforcement officers in this state take drug charges seriously when it comes to opioids.

School superintendent arrested for insurance fraud

The superintendent of an Indiana school system north and east of the greater Indianapolis area was recently arrested on insurance fraud and other criminal charges, including official misconduct. Some of these charges are felonies under Indiana law.

The woman was allowed to bail out of jail on a $500 bond. Investigators say that the woman picked up a student, who was 15, to take him to the doctor. She was concerned that the student had a serious illness, strep throat, which can if untreated get progressively worse and cause grave health concerns. The student did not have means of providing for medical care.

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