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Indiana Sentencing Guidelines for Criminal Offenses

Published in Criminal Law on June 22, 2021.

In Indiana, a felony is a crime more serious than a misdemeanor, carrying a penalty of more than one year in prison.  Indiana, as well as many other states, has established sentencing guidelines to assist judges when handing down punishments. These guidelines are in place to ensure fair and consistent punishment without bias. Overview In … continue reading

How Long Will I Go to Jail for Violating Probation?

Published in Criminal Law on May 21, 2021.

Sometimes, defendants in criminal cases are offered probation as part of a plea deal that takes the place of jail time. This can happen when the prosecutor or the judge does not feel that incarceration is warranted but that some form of supervision and possibly counseling are needed. When probation is ordered there is both … continue reading

Indiana OVWI Endangering a Person Charges & Penalties

Published in Criminal Law on November 10, 2020.

In Indiana, any Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated (OVWI) conviction can subject you to substantial fines and jail time. You could also face probation, community service, driver license suspension, and other penalties. A conviction will also leave you with a permanent criminal record that can affect your ability to get a job, rent a house, … continue reading

Indiana DUI and OVWI Penalties & Laws

Published in Criminal Law on November 10, 2020.

Upon conviction for Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated (OVWI) in Indiana, you face substantial fines and jail time. You also face the suspension of your driver’s license and other penalties, along with a permanent criminal record that can prevent you from getting a job or holding a professional license. If you are facing DUI or … continue reading

Police Misconduct and Section 1983

Published in Criminal Law on May 11, 2020.

Police officers have many duties to perform and a broad spectrum of power to carry out those duties. However, under the Constitution, there are limits to how far officers can go when enforcing the law. A statute created in 1871 called Section 1983 helps protect an individual’s rights in cases where police officers act in … continue reading

Is a DUI a Felony in Indiana?

Published in Criminal Law on April 22, 2020.

In most cases, an OVWI/DUI in Indiana will lead to a misdemeanor charge. However, in certain circumstances, it may become a more serious felony charge.  When Does an OVWI/DUI Charge Become a Felony in Indiana? Situations in which an OVWI/DUI may become a felony include: Seriously injuring or killing someone while driving under the influence; … continue reading

Expungement for Marijuana Convictions in Marion County

Published in Criminal Law on October 25, 2019.

On September 30th, 2019, CBS 4 Indianapolis reported that, in an effort to prioritize more serious offenses, the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office will no longer prosecute minor marijuana possession charges. There are currently 393 simple marijuana possession cases pending in Marion County—which will be reviewed, and, if appropriate, dismissed in accordance with the updated policy. … continue reading

Statement from Noblesville West Middle School Shooter

Published in Criminal Law on November 5, 2018.

Noblesville West Middle School Shooter Statement Download PDF   11/5/2018 – Statement from Noblesville West Middle School Shooter “Sorry if I’m not a very good writer. What happened on May 25th was a tragedy. And, if I could, I would take it all back. I’m sorry to all the people I scared and hurt. I … continue reading

Should I Get a Lawyer for My First DUI?

Published in Criminal Law on June 25, 2018.

Driving under the influence is a serious offense. Nevertheless, at Eskew Law, we occasionally hear from people who question whether they need a lawyer if this is their first time arrested for DUI. We believe that it is vitally important that you retain counsel your first DUI. DUIs charges are fairly complex to navigate, and … continue reading

How Does a New York Traffic Ticket Affect Indiana Auto Insurance?

Published in Criminal Law on June 17, 2018.

An Indiana driver gets hit with a traffic ticket while in New York. That person is in for some bad news. The first is likely to be the cost of the ticket. New York State has some of the highest fines for traffic tickets in the U.S. and tickets can get expensive fast. The second … continue reading