Criminal Defense

Scales of JusticeNoble, LaGrange, DeKalb, and Whitley Counties

I pride myself in listening to my clients, communicating with them about their situation, their needs, and their goals. This is step #1. Listen.

Following a thorough analysis of the evidence against my client, we move forward to find the best path to attack the case and defend my client’s interests, all while keeping their goals in the forefront. This is usually not a fast process, but when it is your best interest, we can move quickly.

When appropriate and necessary, you can exercise your right to a trial by the bench (Judge) or a Jury of your peers.

In Indiana, you face the following general penalties if convicted of a criminal offense:

Misdemeanor:

  • Class A Misdemeanor: Maximum time of incarceration is one year, fine of up to $5,000.00, and Court Costs.
  • Class B Misdemeanor: Maximum time of incarceration is 180 days, fine of up to $1,000.00, and Court Costs.
  • Class C Misdemeanor: Maximum time of incarceration is 60 days, fine of up to $500.00, and Court Costs.

The minimum sentence in a Misdemeanor is for the Court to suspend all jail time and costs with the exception of Court Costs. These are not able to be suspended if a conviction is entered.

All Misdemeanor sentences can have part or all of the jail sentence suspended, and an order of probation can be entered. Alternative sentences often include home detention, work release, and any other program offered by that particular county.

Felony:

  • Murder: Minimum time is 45 years, Advisory time is 55 years, and Maximum time is 65 years.
  • Level 1 Felony: Minimum time is 20 years, Advisory time is 30 years, and Maximum time is 40 years.
  • Level 2 Felony: Minimum time is 10 years, Advisory time is 17.5 years, and Maximum time is 30 years.
  • Level 3 Felony: Minimum time is 3 years, Advisory time is 9 years, and Maximum time is 16 years.
  • Level 4 Felony: Minimum time is 2 years, Advisory time is 6 years, and Maximum time is 12 years.
  • Level 5 Felony: Minimum time is 1 years, Advisory time is 3 years, and Maximum time is 6 years.
  • Level 6 Felony: Minimum time is 6 months, Advisory time is 1 year, and Maximum time is 2.5 years.

Felony convictions can also have fines assessed in the amount of $10,000.00.

Most Felony sentences can have part or all of the jail sentence suspended, and an order of probation can be entered. Alternative sentences often include home detention, work release, and any other program offered by that particular county.

Misdemeanors and most Level 6 Felonies served all executed portions of their sentence in the local county jail. Inmates receive 1 day of good time credit for every 1 day of actual credit served, essentially causing individuals to served only have of the sentence they were ordered to.

Level 5 felonies and above must serve 3 days before receiving 1 day of good time credit, essentially serving 75% of their sentence.

It is important to have solid legal advice when facing any criminal allegation. You should know your rights and have someone who knows and understands the law. There are additional concerns that each person must be aware of based upon their specific allegations including enhanced penalties if future charges come about, current enhancements based upon prior convictions, and other ancillary penalties including the impact of a conviction on your license.

Specialized Driving Privileges

If your license is suspended, whether it is court ordered or suspended by the BMV, Specialized Driving Privileges may be the answer you are looking for. In rural Indiana, not having a valid license is an extreme burden. Having to ask for rides, always looking over your shoulder, driving without a license, all are risks and burdens that may be unnecessary.

Contact Jansen Law and schedule a consultation to review your driving record to evaluate if this is your best option. Having represented multiple persons in Noble, DeKalb, and LaGrange counties who are now back on the road legally, we have the experience necessary to advise you properly.

For a reasonable flat fee, our clients know their exact costs and expectations up front. If you have pending criminal charges, obtaining your driving privileges may improve your negotiating strategy and standing.

Let us help you evaluate your license free of charge by contacting Jansen Law today.
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Probation

A probation violation is completely different than an initial defense for a criminal allegation.  Allow our extensive background in probation to be a tool for you to use when faced with a probation violation.  Different levels of proof are required by the Court.  Hearings, outcomes, and procedure can be handled in a much different way

 

Juvenile Law

A completely different system has been created for handling allegations of juvenile delinquency.  With different consequences, informal options outside of court, involvement with the local school corporations, and the possibility of waiver into adult court, the juvenile delinquency system is very complex.  Solid advice while traversing the juvenile system is essential.

With over 11 years working in the Juvenile Court, we have the knowledge to guide you.