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Why do you need a lawyer?
The more serious the legal matter, the more important it is to have effective legal representation. When an individual’s freedom, reputation, property, finances, or family is at stake, it is important to protect these important aspects of the individual’s life. It is often worth the individual’s peace of mind of knowing that a legal matter is being handled by a professional instead of by someone who is a novice of the law.
I’ve been injured…now what do I do?
If you have sustained an injury the first thing you must do is consult a physician as early as possible. It is important to document your injury to verify it was caused by the accident. Delaying medical treatment could give the insurance company grounds to assert the injury was not related to the accident.
After this, you can begin to assess your claim potential. Any scenario in which you have sustained injury at the fault of another party is reason to start thinking about legal action—even if you believe you hold partial responsibility for the injury. As long as the party in question can be held accountable for a majority of the incident, you should start thinking about next steps.
This means figuring out what claim you’d like to pursue before searching for a qualified personal injury lawyer. You may make a claim against that person or business and their insurance company based on the type of accident and the cause.
What happens when you are arrested?
You have the right to appear before a judge within 24 hours of your arrest. Here, you are told what charges the police have alleged. The judge will determine if there is probable cause for your arrest. Do not talk about the case. It is not time to hear your side of the story. Your only role is to listen and then call your attorney. This hearing is recorded. The judge will set a bond for you at this hearing and any conditions for your release. If it is more than you can afford your attorney can request a hearing and ask that the amount be lower.
If you couldn’t pay the bond amount you were given, your attorney can file a motion for a bond hearing. At this hearing, your attorney will ask you or family members questions under oath and argue to the court for your bond to be reduced so that you can go home.
Pretrial Conferences/Case Management Conferences
There will be quite a few court appearances before your case actually goes to trial. You have the right to go to trial within 175 days from arrest for felonies or 90 days from arrest for misdemeanors. During this time, your attorney should be reviewing evidence, talking to witnesses, strategizing defenses with you, appearing to court on your behalf and negotiating with the State.
If you have been charged with a felony, we have the right to take depositions in the case. With an experienced defense attorney, depositions are a great way to lock witnesses’ testimony and uncovering defenses.
At trial, a jury is selected after both sides talk to the jury panel. Next, both sides can give an opening argument. Then the State will have witnesses testify and present evidence. After, defense is given the opportunity to call witnesses or present evidence. Finally, both sides can give a closing argument. The jury then deliberates and comes back with a verdict. If the decision is guilty the Judge decides the sentence. If the decision is not guilty the case is over, and you go home.
Appeals/Expungement & Sealing
There are a few post-trial options which include having your case re-tried or removing the conviction from your record. You will have your attorney to assist with these options.
How do I get rid of my criminal record?
Both clearing your criminal record and then ensuring that the granted court order has been updated on both public and private databases is the only way to guarantee that your past will stay where it belongs, in the past. At TLG, we are experts in expungements and clearing criminal records.
What to do if I have a warrant out for arrest?
You may have to turn yourself in to ensure no further consequences are issued against you. A follow-up bail hearing may be the next step. The information behind the warrant should be revealed so the person understands why he or she may be arrested. From there, advice about options available will be provided by your lawyer. In some minor instances of these warrants, a bench warrant may have been issued by a judge to ensure the person comes to court due to his or her previous missed court date. The lawyers at TLG can help to ensure no further problems arise.
Should I appeal my conviction?
The first step in appealing a conviction is deciding to appeal. Appealing a criminal conviction or sentence in Indiana means challenging some decision by the trial court or the verdict of the jury. However, the appeal does not usually mean presenting new evidence. Instead, the appellate court reviews what happened before the trial court, using the information presented below, to see whether the trial court made one or more material errors of law that affected the outcome of your case.
Possible arguments in appealing a conviction or sentence include:
- The trial court made an error in applying the law;
- The evidence does not support the verdict or judgment;
- The defendant received ineffective assistance of counsel, a violation Sixth Amendment to the US Constitution;
- The lower court abused its discretion when it ruled on a motion.
If you are convicted of a criminal offense, you have one automatic right to appeal, depending on the reason raised in the appeal. Other appeals are considered discretionary appeals, which require the court’s permission. Discretionary criminal appeals arise in a couple of ways:
- The Court of Appeals of Indiana has already heard the client’s appeal and the client wishes to appeal that court’s decision to the Indiana Supreme Court; or
- An interlocutory or interim order has been issued that normally cannot be immediately appealed, but the appellate court finds it necessary to allow the appeal because of the importance of the particular decision.
Most appeals go to the Court of Appeals of Indiana, but certain appeals go directly to the Indiana Supreme Court, such as an appeal from a sentence of life in prison or capital punishment.
What is Post-Conviction Relief?
Post-Conviction Relief or PCR is a legal process in which a criminal defendant challenges the legality of some portion of the criminal trial, the judgment of conviction, or the sentence on legal grounds that were unknown or unavailable in the original trial or on direct appeal. It is not a chance for a “super appeal.” In fact, the defendant may or may not have pursued a direct appeal before seeking post-conviction relief.
Post-conviction relief and direct appeal are similar in that a criminal defendant may assert multiple grounds for relief. However, they differ on timing: the law sets a deadline for filing a direct appeal, but a petition for post-conviction relief has no such deadline.
The grounds for post-conviction relief all involve a claim that some element of the underlying proceeding or a decision in that proceeding was illegal or unconstitutional. Many of the possible grounds for Indiana post-conviction relief are set forth by the Indiana post-conviction rules:
- The conviction or sentence conflicted with Indiana’s laws, the Indiana Constitution, or the US Constitution;
- The sentencing court did not have proper jurisdiction;
- The sentence was erroneous in some other way, such as exceeding the length allowed by law;
- Significant evidence exists that was not previously presented or heard, which evidence requires vacating or overturning the conviction or sentence;
- The sentence is expired or the defendant’s probation, parole, or conditional release was unlawfully revoked; and
- Some other material legal error pertaining to the conviction or sentence has occurred, such as juror bias, perjury, DNA exclusion, or ineffective assistance of counsel.
Defendants must strictly comply with Indiana post-conviction relief rules or risk waiving (or losing) the opportunity to seek post-conviction relief. As a result, succeeding in a post-conviction proceeding can be very difficult.