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Criminal Defense Lawyers Serving Indiana

In addition to our impaired driving representation our criminal lawyers have been a proven advocate on behalf of adults and juveniles accused of all criminal offenses within Indiana.  Whether in need of the best criminal defense lawyer in Indianapolis or in any county of the state, we are here to legally protect you.

Over the course of thirty plus years it is commonplace for criminal charges such as Drug or Marijuana possession, drug dealing, prescription fraud, resisting arrest, battery, theft, and possession of stolen property among other offenses to spring from an initial encounter related to a detention resulting from a traffic violation.

As a result, we have represented good people accused of some of the highest profile drug and/or theft related prosecutions throughout Indiana. Our legal know how as to invalidating unlawful arrests as a result of illegal searches and seizures is second to none. Often, effectively fighting criminal charges in Indiana related to unlawful traffic encounters can be the difference between long term imprisonment and the resumption of an otherwise productive future.

For example, within the context of a traffic, dui or drug related arrest through use of a motor vehicle one must always be aware of the dangers of what are called “inventory searches” within the state of Indiana. Such a legally valid search will allow for police to use evidence found within a motor vehicle after one has been taken from the scene of a traffic violation resulting in an arrest. This type of search is permissible in the event that there is no one remaining left with the vehicle found in a lawful condition to drive the vehicle away from the scene of the stop.

In theory this type of inventory search is available to law enforcement as a way to inventory all items found within a vehicle for safekeeping. Once towed from the traffic scene the vehicle will ultimately be transported to a tow lot where it will remain either until the completion of a criminal prosecution or its release is authorized to the registered owner prior to the conclusion of criminal proceedings.

In so doing, the owner of the vehicle and his or her personal items will be protected in the event that anyone with access to the vehicle is suspected of taking items from within it. The list is organized so as to allow for any and all items found within the unsecured areas of the driver compartment to be cataloged and recorded to help facilitate the organized return of the items once the vehicle has been lawfully released to a registered owner of the vehicle.

Of course through many years of experience as a defense attorney, I am often suspicious as to the true application of inventory searches and its continued use by law enforcement. Such searches, sanctioned and approved by legal appeals to its use in Indiana continue to yield a bounty of additional evidence that can be often used to charge one initially stopped for a traffic offense with countless types of additional charges not anticipated. Illegal drugs & unlicensed firearms are just a sampling of the types of additional crimes that can be directed at those taken away from a criminal traffic stop or the lawful owner of the vehicle subjected to the inventory search & seizure.

As a result, please know that when deciding to drive a vehicle within Indiana a search warrant may not be required to uncover additional items of evidence to charge you or the registered owner of the vehicle with additional crimes not anticipated.

The early intervention of an experienced criminal defense lawyer is critical for one arrested for a criminal charge in Indiana. One must always be aware that there are legal deadlines that must be strictly followed in order to safeguard all of the legal rights to which you are legally entitled. Tragically, even the most competent criminal defense attorney will not be able to restore these rights if not retained quickly enough following an arrest and the filing of criminal charges.

Arrests for criminal charges in Indiana are not restricted by the age of one in the crosshairs of a police investigation. Our successful representation of juveniles throughout Indiana is one of our most rewarding undertakings.

Whether an adult or juvenile facing criminal accusations it is imperative that legal representation be sought immediately following an arrest or juvenile detention. Most reputable criminal defense lawyers in Indianapolis and throughout Indiana view it as their obligation to confer with those in criminal jeopardy at no cost. It is then that the best legal plan of action can be coordinated for you or one you care for.

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