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Individual rights when police search people and their property

Many Indiana residents take comfort in knowing that law enforcement officials throughout their communities are prepared to step up if dangerous or difficult situations develop in their cities and towns. When problems arise, police and other first responders must quickly assess what has happened and how best to deal with the consequences. To this end, certain law enforcement officials may be allowed to encroach on individuals' personal rights, such as that to privacy, when the situations warrant such action.

Help for domestic violence charges and accusations

Domestic violence can be a sensitive issue impacting families and communities and, as a result, there are many resources available to help family members and other parties involved in domestic violence situations and circumstances. One type of resource available to those impacted by domestic assault includes legal resources that may be available to parties involved in domestic assault situations.

Attorneys help clients develop strong criminal defense strategies

When a person in Evansville is charged with a crime, it may be one of the worst days of their life. After all, their future is suddenly very uncertain. They may wonder, how will they defend themselves before a judge and jury? And even more upsetting, what will happen if they are found guilty? Especially if a person has no experience with the criminal trial process, being accused of a crime can be a time of great stress.

Indiana domestic violence consequences

Domestic violence is considered an extremely serious matter in the state of Indiana. These types of charges may also be referred to as domestic battery or domestic assault. An incident is considered domestic in nature when the parties involved are either family members or household members. If such a relationship does not exist, such as when parties are just dating, then charges will be considered regular battery or assault instead of domestic.

U.S. Supreme Court to decide important defendant rights

The U.S. Bill of Rights is intended to protect the rights of Americans in criminal prosecutions. However, some of its guarantees do not apply to the states. The U.S. Supreme Court is currently reviewing whether states should incorporate all of these rights. Its ruling, expected in June, could greatly impact criminal defense rights in Indiana.

$225 drug conviction has $42,000 price tag

Any criminal conviction can have long-term consequences. Even though a criminal defense can reduce charges, a person may still face catastrophic financial and personal penalties. In one case pending before the US Supreme Court, a person a lost his $42,000 Land Rover under Indiana's civil forfeiture laws because of his conviction for a $225 drug transaction that did not lead to imprisonment.

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