Being accused of committing a crime can have far reaching consequences for someone’s personal life, reputation, and future opportunities, so it goes without saying that being convicted can have even more devastating repercussions. With so much at stake, it is especially important for those who have been arrested for committing a crime to schedule a consultation with a dedicated criminal defense attorney who can ensure that their rights and interests are protected.
Indiana law differentiates criminal offenses based on their severity. Less serious crimes, for instance, are considered misdemeanors or infractions, while serious crimes are referred to as felonies. The sentencing range for an offense depends on whether the crime is a misdemeanor or a felony, as well as what class the crime falls under. For example, there are three types of misdemeanors with which a person can be charged in Indiana, including:
There are many types of misdemeanors in Indiana, but some of the most commonly charged are DUI, possessing marijuana, disorderly conduct, and public intoxication. More serious offenses that result in severe physical, financial, or emotional injury to a victim are usually charged as felonies, which are divided into six classes, although murder is in its own category. The penalties range from six months in prison for a Level 6 felony to life in prison for a Level 1 felony.
When it comes to sentencing, judges are often required to comply with mandatory minimum sentences, although they are also given discretion to take the following actions:
To learn more about whether these options are available to you, please call today to schedule a free consultation with an experienced criminal defense attorney.
If you have been accused of a crime, having legal representation is critical, as an attorney may be able to get your charges reduced or even dismissed. Please contact Tanzillo Stassin & Babcock P.C. at (219) 865-6262 to schedule a case evaluation with one of our passionate criminal defense lawyers. All initial consultations are conducted free of charge.