Having A Fort Wayne Criminal Defense Lawyer Can Make The Difference
A criminal conviction can have far-reaching consequences. For instance, having a criminal record can make it much more difficult for a person to secure employment, find a place to live, take advantage of an educational opportunity, or join the military. Whether charged with a felony or a misdemeanor, it is in a defendant’s best interest to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney who can attempt to have the charges reduced or even dismissed.
Drug-related charges have serious consequences in Indiana as even minor possession offenses can be charged as felonies, which carry notoriously harsh prison sentences and fines. For instance, merely possessing less than three grams of cocaine can result in a three year prison sentence and a $10,000 fine. Other common charges include:
- Drug distribution;
- Drug manufacture;
- Drug possession;
- Drug trafficking; and
- Possession of drug paraphernalia.
Because the stakes are so high, it is critical for those who have been charged with a drug offense to speak with an attorney who can ensure that illegally seized evidence is repressed, exculpating witness testimony is obtained, and that first time offenders are given the opportunity to complete available diversion programs or submit a plea for a lower charge.
In Indiana, theft crimes are charged based on the value of the property taken. Usually, this means that theft is charged as conversion, which is a Class A misdemeanor and is punishable by a $5,000 fine and a prison sentence of up to one year. However, the charge can be increased to a Level 6 felony if the property was worth at least $750, but less than $50,000 or if the theft was the second offense of that type committed in three years. It is important for those convicted of minor theft crimes to obtain the advice of an experienced attorney as many counties offer pretrial diversion programs to defendants accused of first time or low level crimes. If an individual fulfills the conditions of the program, which could include paying restitution or performing community service, the charges will be dropped.
In Indiana, drivers who are convicted of a traffic violation will have points assigned to their driving record by the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV). The number of points assessed depends on the the type of violation, but remain on the record for two years regardless. Having too many points on a driving record can result in the suspension or revocation of a driver’s license and hefty fines. Repeat traffic offenders who are convicted of three major traffic violations can also be deemed a habitual traffic offered (HTV), which can lead to a ten year driver’s license suspension.
Contact an Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer Today
Having the advice of an experienced defense attorney can make all the difference in the outcome of a case, so if you are an Indiana resident and were recently charged with a criminal offense, please contact The Bellinger Law Office at 260-428-2214 to speak with a member of our dedicated and knowledgeable legal team.