Felony or Misdemeanor
You have the option to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney.
If you’ve been charged with a felony or misdemeanor, you’ll likely need a criminal defense attorney. If you choose not to hire an attorney, you will be assigned a public defender that may or may not have any experience with cases like yours. Here are a few things to consider when looking to hire a criminal defense attorney in Lafayette, Indiana.
Our criminal law attorneys can help you.
How can an experienced criminal law attorney help you?
- During an interrogation or investigation
- Understand what to expect
- Develop a strong defense plan of action
- Prepare for a hearing or court
- Navigate the complexities of the system
- And more
If you’ve been charged with a crime, you’re going to need someone on your side both in and out of the courtroom. We’ll help defend your case and work to secure the best possible outcome.
Our criminal defense attorneys have experience in prosecuting cases. This experience is a big advantage to you as it ensures a practical, knowledgeable approach to your defense strategy.
Legally, the only thing you have to tell an arresting officer is basic identification information. Beyond this, you have the right to remain silent. You can request one of our criminal defense attorneys to be present during an interview or investigation.
Fight for a better future.
Commonly Asked Questions
Do I have to talk to the police during an investigation?
Police only have the right to obtain basic identification information from you. For any other information, you have the right to have an attorney present, especially if you have suspected involvement in criminal activity.
What is an initial hearing?
When a person is arrested or charged with a crime, the court must conduct an initial hearing to advise that person of the nature of the charged crime, the right to attorney representation, the right to a trial, and the right to have the State of Indiana prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt.
Do I have to submit to a polygraph test?
No, unless it is a condition of probation. Polygraph test results are generally not admissible as proof of guilt in Indiana criminal courts.
What is the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony?
A misdemeanor is any crime punishable up to one year in jail. Felony crimes range from level 6 (lowest) to level 1 (highest) and can carry anywhere from 1 to 40 years in jail.
Do I have to submit to a chemical test?
Indiana's implied consent law provides that as a condition to receiving a driver's license, a person agrees to submit to a chemical or breath test if a police officer has a reasonable suspicion that the person is driving while intoxicated or under the influence. The person can refuse the test, but refusal can result in a one-year suspension of driving privileges.