Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What are your fees?
Criminal cases are usually done as a flat fee (one price for all representation through trial, if any). Civil cases are usually done per hour. Because fees vary, it is best to discuss fees with me directly.
Q: When do I go to court?
Without question, this is the most asked question I receive. If it is a criminal case, you won’t receive a court date until the Prosecuting Attorney files your case with the court. For a misdemeanor, you’ll likely be sent a summons (i.e. Order to Appear). For felonies, class C and higher, a warrant for your arrest will be issued. When I receive a new court date, I will advise you. Court dates are set by courts, in all cases. If you need a continuance, please contact me so that a motion may be filed.
Q: How long will a criminal case take?
It is impossible to predict when a particular case will be completed, as each case is different. In criminal law, there is always the possibility of appeal of a court’s decision or a conviction. If your case is set for trial, please understand that because there will be multiple cases set for trial on each date, that your case will not always be number one. It is not unusual for dates to be continued several times. Please understand that I do not control this. The court sets dates and your case will be tried according to the court’s priority list.
Q: What if I can’t come to a court date?
Then please contact me and I will motion the court for a continuance. Legitimate reasons for a continuance include unavailability because of medical concerns, transportation issues or other unforeseen circumstances.
Q: What should I do after I’ve been arrested and what are my options?
This question is often asked as people are naturally upset and confused. My recommendation is to turn nervous energy into productive energy.
- Silence is key. Don’t speak with anyone but your attorney about your case. Too often people undermine their best interests by talking unnecessarily.
- Write down what you remember. Create a time line of what happened and when.
- Write down all potential witnesses and take photographs, as appropriate.
- Speak with an attorney.
Q: What am I looking at?
The Indiana Sentencing Regime look like this:
- Murder – 45-65, death and Life Without Parole available
- Level 1 Felony (Attempted Murder, Dealing in Cocaine, etc.) – 20-40 years, 0-10,000 fine
- Level 2 Felony (voluntary manslaughter, etc.) – 10-30 years, 0-10,000 fine
- Level 3 Felony (aggravated battery, etc.) – 3-16 years, 0-10,000 fine
- Level 4 Felony (arson, etc.)- 2-12 years, 0-10,000 fine
- Level 5 Felony (involuntary manslaughter, etc.) – 1-6 years, 0-10,000 fine
- Level 6 Felony (theft, etc.) – 0.5-2.5 years, 0-10,000 fine
- Class A Misdemeanors (OWI, Criminal Trespass, etc.) – 0-365 days, 0-5,000 fine
- Class B Misdemeanors (Public Intoxication, Speed Contest, etc.) – 0-180 days, 0-1,000 fine
- Class C Misdemeanors (Minor in Consumption, Minor in Tavern, etc.) – 0-60 days, 0-500 fine
- Infractions – fines, no jail time
Please remember that each case is different and any potential sentence draws on variables such as prior convictions, victim recommendations, whether a defendant is on parole or probation, as well as other factors.