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Criminal Defense

Criminal defense includes defense of individuals charged with criminal activity. Crimes range from Class C misdemeanor to Class A misdemeanor. Felony criminal activity ranges from Level 6 to Level 1 felonies, and Murder.

DUI & OWI

The state of Indiana has strict penalties for drunk driving including license suspension, mandatory community service or jail. A blood alcohol level (BAC) of .08% or higher is operating while intoxicated (per se). A conviction of operating while impaired does not only include alcohol, it also includes driving under the influence of illegal substances, over the counter medication, or prescription drugs that impair the driver's ability to operate a vehicle in a safe manner. You should consider your OWI charge very seriously, a conviction will have long lasting consequences that will not only affect your drivers license, but also your future, your personal freedom and your employment. You should't hire just any attorney, consider an attorney who has the knowledge and skill in this technical and complicated area of law.

SDP (Specialized Driving Privileges)

The specialized driving privileges statute (Indiana Code 9-30-16) recognizes that the ability to drive is essential to employment and the economy. Specialized driving privileges (SDP) allow you to drive to and from work, to medical appointments, to the grocery store and for virtually any legitimate need. This statute has taken the place of the older hardship/restricted license laws, which were more rigid and narrow. SDPSpecialized Driving Privileges.

Traffic Infractions

The state of Indiana operates on a point system for traffic violations. The severity of the violation determines the amount of points assessed to the driver, and range in value between 0 and 8 points. If you’re convicted of a violation which carries points, those points will stay on your driving record for a period of 2 years, however the conviction will always remain on your record. There are two distinct kinds of violations in Indiana: moving and non-moving. A moving violation is a violation committed while you are driving the car. A non-moving violation is any other citation, such as a parking ticket or equipment violation. The BMV may suspend your license for accumulating too many points.

Expungements

Expungement involves the sealing of a criminal record after the expiration of the required time period or when an arrest is unlawful or does not result in a conviction. Initiated through a court process, the result of expungement is that a person’s criminal history is, for most purposes, erased. After an expungement, with limited exception, you do not have to report your criminal history employer, landlord or others. Getting a job often means that your potential boss will review your criminal or driving record, and renting an apartment often means going through a criminal background check.

License Clean-Up

Indiana courts take traffic offenses seriously and drivers who receive 3 major violation or 10 violations, to include one major violation, in 10 years can be deemed a habitual traffic violator. This means a driver could lose their driver’s license for up to 10 years. Driving record clean-up is a good way to keep your insurance rates low and most importantly, avoid losing your license.

Client Reviews
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When I first had my issue I went through the pain staking search of who to represent me. I went through a number of people before reaching Mr. Bennett. When I asked Mr. Bennett about costs, he was quick to offer a payment plan without even knowing anything about my financial situation. This was important, because my case had the potential to incur additional costs soon after hiring him... Kevin P.
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I hired Andrew after receiving a speeding violation in Porter County. He did an outstanding job and I am extremely satisfied with the outcome. It is always a good idea to consult with an attorney to discover your options, even if it is "just" a moving violation. Thanks again Mr. Bennett. John
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We have nothing to be upset about with Andrew he is wonderful lawyer And person who actually cares about u and your case. He responds fast and makes time for your schedule. We needed someone desperately to appear in court with my husband and he went that day and helped my husband in a violation probation and has answered all our calls and questions. He is very kind and I am forever grateful for all his dedication and outstanding work... Christy