Union County Defense Lawyer
When you’ve been arrested and charged with a crime in Union County, Indiana, the first thing you should do is contact an experienced Union County defense lawyer. This will provide you with the best opportunity to protect your rights and freedoms and increase your chance of securing the optimal outcome in the case against you.
The Indiana criminal defense law firm of Keffer Hirschauer LLP is led by two former deputy prosecutors, Bradley Keffer and Tom Hirschauer, who now work to defend the rights and freedoms of everyday Hoosiers. Given this, our firm is uniquely suited to help you build a sound defense strategy aimed at reducing the charges against you, minimizing your potential penalties, or having the charges dropped altogether.
Determining the Seriousness of Your Criminal Charges
When you’ve been charged with a criminal offense, it will be designated as a certain level of either a misdemeanor or felony offense. For misdemeanors, the least serious offense level is a Class C misdemeanor, followed by a Class B misdemeanor, and then, the most serious level, Class A misdemeanor. In contrast, the lowest level felony is a Level 6 felony, followed by a Level 5 felony through a Level 1 felony. The most serious criminal charge in Indiana, however, is murder. This offense carries its own specific classification and set of potential penalties.
Per the Indiana sentencing guidelines, a misdemeanor can carry a sentence of zero days to one year in jail and a fine of up to $5,000. Felonies, however, carry a much wider, more serious range of penalties. At the lowest level, a conviction for a Level 6 felony could result in a sentence between 6 months and 2.5 years in prison, and fines of up to $10,000. At the highest level, excluding murder, a person convicted of a Level 1 felony in Indiana could face between 20 and 40 years in prison and fines of up to $10,000.
Whether you’ve been arrested for a misdemeanor offense, like a possession of paraphernalia, first-time DUI, or a violation of Indiana’s marijuana laws; or a more serious felony crime, such as domestic violence, theft, or a drug crime in Indiana, a Union County defense lawyer will be able to help you understand the seriousness of the charges placed against you. Some crimes have mandatory minimum sentences, but a skilled and experienced defense attorney will know how to proceed with your case in a way that offers the best opportunities to reduce or obtain a dismissal of criminal charges.
Diversion Programs and First-Time Offenders
It’s important to understand that first-time offenders charged with certain misdemeanor and low-level felony cases may be eligible for Indiana diversion programs or conditional discharge programs. In situations like these, eligible offenders are typically required to plead guilty to the crime but avoid significant penalties (like incarceration) by instead choosing to complete a state-run education program. In some cases, the successful completion of a diversion or discharge program could result in the case being dismissed altogether.
Although most pretrial diversion or conditional discharge programs are associated with alcohol and/or drug crimes, other low-level offenses may quality for these programs, as well. Some common offense that may be eligible include:
- Public intoxication
- Possession of marijuana
- Illegal consumption of an alcoholic beverage
- Illegal possession of an alcoholic beverage
- Shoplifting or Petty Theft
- Driving While Suspended
- Criminal Mischief
For more information on these programs and how our firm can help petition for your eligibility, contact Keffer Hirschauer LLP today.
What to Look for in a Union County Defense Lawyer
When looking to hire a Union County defense lawyer, there are a handful of attributes you’ll want your lawyer to possess. First, you’ll want the lawyer you choose to have a strong grasp on Indiana criminal law. Ideally, this means hiring a lawyer with previous prosecutorial experience. Second, you’ll want to hire a lawyer who understands how the courts in Union County operate and has strong, existing relationships with the local judges, prosecutors, and other court personnel. This will go a long way when it comes to negotiations and tailoring your defense strategy to secure the best possible outcome in the case.
In addition to these qualities, you’ll also want your Union County defense lawyer to possess strong investigative skills. Criminal cases often require extensive background work, so having a lawyer who can really “dig in” to the case will go a long way when it comes to building the best possible defense. Most often, the best law firms take a team-based approach, providing clients with more availability and a hands-on approach to their case.
Finally, you’ll want to hire a defense lawyer who is transparent, communicative, and shows genuine concern for your preferences and the ultimate outcome of the case against you. To identify these traits, you’ll want to ask the defense lawyer about their fees, different types of payment options, their success rate in similar cases, and any references they may provide you. You’ll also want to evaluate how they’re speaking to you. Are they explaining things in layman’s terms? Are they really listening to you and your preferences? Are they willing to provide you with several different options or strategies?
What Sets Keffer Hirschauer LLP Apart?
When you need a criminal defense attorney in Indiana, you’ll want someone who invested in the work of securing the best possible results in the case against you. From the initial consultation through investigation, negotiation, arguments to the court, and appeals, a criminal defense attorney from Keffer Hirschauer LLP can provide you with the high-quality, dedicated criminal defense you need to minimize criminal penalties and protect both your rights and future.
One unique element that sets our firm apart from others is that we elect to take a team-based approach to each case. This affords our firm the ability to thoroughly investigate your case and continually consult with you throughout the entire criminal justice process. Furthermore, our attorneys are all talented negotiators who are also skilled in the courtroom. They are not afraid to argue your case in court, if they believe it is best. In other words, when you choose to work with Keffer Hirschauer LLP, no options are off the table. We make a point to listen to and work alongside our clients, as we truly believe that every person should have a say in how their case is being handled.
Keffer Hirschauer LLP’s Staff Includes:
- Former Fatal Alcohol Crash Team leader
- Former Marion County DUI Prosecution Unit
- Superior Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Attorney recognition by the National Advocacy for DUI Defense
- Indiana Bar Foundation Fellow
- Indianapolis Bar Foundation Distinguished Fellow
- American Bar Foundation Fellow
- LawInfo Lead Counsel Rated
- Two-time Indianapolis Bar Association Director’s Award Recipient
- National Trial Lawyers Association Top 40 Under 40
- Chairman of the Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum’s Traffic Law Program
Need to Speak with a Union County Defense Lawyer Today?
If you’re currently searching for the right Union County defense lawyer but aren’t sure where to start, do not hesitate to contact the Indiana criminal defense law firm of Keffer Hirschauer LLP. While our main office is located in Indianapolis, our attorneys routinely represent Hoosiers all throughout the state of Indiana and are available to meet you in Union County, Indiana.
Whether you need criminal defense for minor charges or issues, traffic tickets or a driver’s license suspension, or more serious charges, like DUIs, drug crimes, or violent crimes, the criminal defense attorneys at Keffer Hirschauer LLP will always work towards obtaining the best possible outcome for you and your future. To speak with an attorney today, call 317-857-0160 or complete our online contact form to schedule a free consultation.