Indiana Criminal LawIndiana crimes and punishments and procedures are detailed in a series of statutes contained in the Indiana Code. The following paragraphs are a collection of information gathered from the Indiana Code and the Rules of Indiana Courts that provide a basic understanding of common issues in Indiana criminal law. For more information, or if arrested for a crime in Indiana, contact an Indiana criminal defense attorney.
Drug Possession in Indiana
Possession and distribution of drugs in Indiana can carry serious consequences. Indiana drug law provides varying consequences depending on the type and quantity of the drug possessed, and the criminal charges:
In any possession or distribution case, varying quantities of drugs can elevate the crime and increase the sentence. For specific questions, possible defenses, or assistance if arrested, contact an Indiana criminal law attorney.
Assault in Indiana
Indiana criminal law uses the term Battery to describe the crime of offensive or injurious contact with another. There are several levels of battery with punishments increasing the more injurious the contact is:
There are other laws and circumstances that can result in more serious consequences. For specific information, or if arrested for battery in Indiana, contact an Indiana criminal lawyer.
Indiana Drunk Driving – DUI
A first time DUI offender in Indiana faces possible punishments including jail time from 30 – 60 days, a fine up to $5,000, licenses suspension between 90 days and two years, probation, community service, substance abuse education, and an ignition interlock device. If arrested for a DUI in Indiana, contact an Indiana DUI attorney.
Right to Jury in Indiana
The Indiana Constitution grants defendants a right to trial by jury in criminal cases. A defendant may waive this right with agreement from the prosecuting attorney and the consent of the court. If tried for a misdemeanor in Indiana, a defendant must make a demand that the right be exercised otherwise the trial will be before a judge.
Trial Date in Indiana
If a defendant in Indiana is awaiting trial while in jail, the trial date must be set within six months of the incarceration. A defendant not in jail awaiting trial will have a trial within one year of the date the charges were brought. In either case, a court may grant an extension of time in order to give the parties time to prepare evidence for the trial.
Sentence Review / Appeals in Indiana
A convicted defendant in Indiana may submit an appeal of the judgment or sentence. The appeal may be taken:
The review process requires timely attention to procedural detail; contact an Indiana defense attorney for assistance.
Indiana Code and Rules of Court
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Click here for the Indiana Rules of Court: