An experienced criminal defense team

Ball Eggleston PC can offer assistance to persons accused of crimes in state or federal court, including misdemeanors and felonies— from murder, robbery, fraud and theft, to drunk driving, public intoxication, and substance offense crimes. 

Our criminal lawyers understand the complexities that are involved in every criminal case, and employ their experience to defend the rights of their clients. They also understand the often overlooked consequences of criminal convictions, which can include adverse effects on immigration status, enrollment in a school or university, and a future career or job opportunity. 

Our criminal defense team works extensively with their clients to ensure that all problems of a criminal case are solved.  

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to talk to the police during an investigation?

Police have the right to obtain basic identification information from you. But, you have the right to have an attorney present if police intend to question you about any 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 when asked to do so by police?

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.

Does a person who is stopped for Operating While Intoxicated have to submit to a chemical test?

Indiana's implied consent law provides that as a condition to receiving a drivers 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. The person can refuse the test, but refusal can result in a one year suspension of driving privileges.

Do the police have to read you your rights when you are arrested?

Depends on the circumstances. Police must advise you of your rights if you are in custody and police are interrogating or questioning you. Not every arrest involves custodial interrogation.

Criminal Law Attorneys

Our attorneys are here to help.

Our criminal law practice is led by Mr. Schafer and Mr. Eberhardt. They worked together as prosecuting attorneys early in their careers and have extensive trial experience in criminal cases.

Get in contact.

If you have been charged with or investigated for a crime you need an experienced criminal defense attorney. Call J.P. Schafer or Gabriel Eberhardt at Ball Eggleston.