Being arrested can be a frightening and traumatic experience, especially for those who are underage or are innocent of any wrongdoing. No one should have to go through this type of experience alone, so if you were recently arrested for or charged with a crime, please call a Dyer criminal defense lawyer who can explain your legal options and ensure that your interests are protected.
Like any other state, Indiana has an extensive criminal code that makes it unlawful to:
These offenses all range in severity from misdemeanors to felonies and so are punishable by everything from light fines and probation to long prison sentences. However, even relatively minor offenses can be heavily penalized if the defendant has a prior criminal record, making it especially important for these individuals to speak with an experienced attorney as soon as possible after being arrested.
Misdemeanor offenses, which are generally considered less serious than felonies, are divided into the following three categories:
Some of the most commonly charged misdemeanors include operating a vehicle while intoxicated, possessing marijuana, disorderly conduct, and public intoxication.
Offenses that are associated with more serious physical, emotional, and financial injury fall under the category of felonies. Felonies are punishable by prison sentences ranging from six months to life in prison and some defendants even face the death penalty. Like misdemeanors, felonies are divided up into categories and include:
Aside from these penalties, judges are also given discretion to order probation in lieu of incarceration, as well as community service, or driver’s license suspensions.
To speak with a criminal defense attorney about your own charges, please contact Tanzillo Stassin & Babcock P.C. at (219) 865-6262. Initial consultations are conducted free of charge, so please don’t hesitate to call.