You have the option to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney.
If you have been charged with a felony or misdemeanor, you will likely need a criminal defense attorney. If you choose not to hire an attorney, you can either request a public defender or choose to represent yourself. Here are a few things to consider when looking to hire a criminal defense attorney in Lafayette, Indiana. Learn more.
Choose a defense attorney with experience.
There is nothing wrong with using a public defender. However, public defenders typically do not offer the same attention to detail as an expert criminal defense attorney. Public defenders often have multiple cases on their plate, and therefore they might be limited in their availability and timeliness of assistance.
Develop a strong defense strategy.
Our criminal defense attorneys have past experience in prosecuting cases. This gives them a step up on how to best prepare to defend your case. Developing clear steps of action can help you understand what to expect, assist you in preparing for court, and guide you to the best possible outcome.
We will guide you through the entire process.
Many people who have been accused of a crime worry about the complexity of what is to come. Meeting with a criminal defense attorney in Lafayette, Indiana will give you a solid starting point for the best plan of action.
Our criminal law attorneys can 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 have been charged with a crime, you are going to need someone on your side both in and out of the courtroom. We will 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.
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.