Former Prosecutors Practicing Criminal Law in Indiana
We use our experience to defend clients accused of crimes in Mishawaka and surrounding areas
No matter what criminal charge you face, you deserve the strongest defense. Convictions for minor crimes can have major long-term penalties, and serious offenses call for an attorney capable of handling a trial. At Griner & Company, Attorneys at Law, as former prosecutors who now represent defendants, we’ve handled hundreds of trials, ranging from minor offenses to murder. If you’ve been charged with a crime, we have both the skill and experience to fight for your rights and freedom.
Handling every sort of criminal charge in Indiana courts
Our attorneys are prepared to defend you aggressively in court against any criminal charge you face, whether you’re stopped for a routine traffic violation, suspected of operating while intoxicated (OWI), also known as driving under the influence (DUI), or accused of a more serious crime such as murder or robbery. Because we’re former prosecutors, we have the advantage of understanding how the other side works. We have a good idea what strategy the prosecution will use against you, for any of the following charges:
No matter what you’re charged with, we can guide you through the criminal process. Our goal is to make you feel confident that your case can be resolved favorably. We also work with clients to have their previous arrests expunged or access to their records limited.
How does a judge determine my sentence?
The fines, jail time and other penalties for Indiana crimes depend on many factors. A judge must weigh those factors when determining a sentence. Indiana Code 35-38-1 Section 7.1 outlines the factors that courts use in determining your sentence:
- Whether the harm, injury or loss the victim suffered was significant and enough to prove commission of the offense
- Whether it is a violent crime
- Whether it was committed near a minor other than the victim
- Whether the victim was disabled or infirm
- Whether you have a history of criminal or delinquent behavior
- Whether the victim was less than 12 or more than 65 years old
- Whether a restraining order was violated
- Whether you recently violated probation or parole
There are also other factors that courts sometimes consider when someone is sentenced. Speak to one of our attorneys to learn more about sentencing in your case.
What are the maximum penalties for criminal charges in Indiana?
Indiana also sentences people based on how the offense is classified. Misdemeanors are generally minor offenses. There are three types:
- Class A misdemeanors — Class A offenses are punishable by up to one year in prison and a $5,000 fine.
- Class B misdemeanors — Class B misdemeanors can carry a sentence of up to 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.
- Class C misdemeanors — Class C misdemeanors have a maximum penalty of 60 days in jail and a $500 fine.
Felonies are more serious crimes and carry mandatory jail sentences. They are classified in a similar manner to misdemeanors:
- Class A felonies —A Class A felony is punishable by a sentence between 20 and 50 years, and a fine up to $10,000.
- Class B felonies — A Class B felony is punishable by a sentence of six to 20 years, and a fine up to $10,000.
- Class C felonies —A Class C felony is punishable by a sentence of two to eight years, and a fine up to $10,000.
- Class D felonies — A Class D felony is punishable by a sentence of six months to three years, and a fine up to $10,000.
Contact us for a free initial consultation regarding criminal charges and penalties in Indiana
Griner & Company, Attorneys at Law provides criminal defense services to residents of Mishawaka and South Bend and throughout St. Joseph, Elkhart and Marshall Counties. We are former prosecutors who have tried hundreds of criminal cases. If you’ve been charged with a crime, it’s important to seek legal help as soon as possible. Contact us at 574.213.5300 or online to schedule a free initial consultation.