June 2019 Archives

Legal implications of marijuana possession in Indiana

In March 2018, Indiana allowed the sale, purchase and possession of cannabidiol, or CBD. It is a product derived from cannabis and has less than 0.3 percent THC, the main psychoactive component of cannabis. However, marijuana is still illegal in the state and the sale, purchase or possession of marijuana can attract serious consequences that can range from incarceration of three months and $1,000 in fines for the least offense to incarceration of six years and $10,000 in fines for the most serious offense.

Two women arrested for embezzlement

In Indiana, embezzlement is treated the same as theft and the laws governing embezzlement are the same as the laws that govern theft. As a result, embezzlement of $750 to $50,000 is considered a Level 6 felony, which can attract a prison sentence of six to 30 months and a fine of up to $10,000. If the amount embezzled is more than $50,000, it is considered a Level 5 felony that attracts 12-72 months in prison and fines of up to $10,000. A recent incident in the state will show why this discussion is relevant.

Indiana's indecent exposure laws: An overview

Jim Morrison of The Doors was arrested in 1970 for indecent public exposure during a 1969 concert. At the trial, he was sentenced to six months in prison in addition to fines for being guilty of indecent exposure and open profanity. Morrison remained outside prison on a bond as he appealed the ruling. However, he died before the appeal could reach its verdict. Years later, in 2010, Morrison was granted a posthumous pardon by the court.

How reliable is police evidence against you?

Following your arrest, you may have endured some intense questioning by Indiana law enforcement. Detectives may have tried to convince you that you would benefit from confessing to the crime with which they had charged you. Perhaps they told you the physical evidence against you was overwhelming.

Conviction is not necessarily the end of the road

Criminal charges and subsequent convictions are universally feared because of the doom that it can cast on the future of the person who has been convicted. The difficult aftereffects of a criminal conviction are felt not only by the person who has been convicted but also by that person's near and dear ones. Often, the social stigma alone is enough to bring the world crashing down around those people. Fortunately, there are certain provisions in Indiana laws under which a convicted individual can seek legal relief.

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