If you have been accused of a crime in Indiana, you may now face a variety of potential consequences. In order to protect your freedom and increase your chances of avoiding conviction, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side.
About Criminal Charges in Indiana
Indiana divides criminal charges into two basic categories: misdemeanors and felonies. While a misdemeanor charge is considered to be a lesser offense, a felony charge is more serious.
If you have been charged with a misdemeanor, you may face a maximum sentence ranging from 60 days in jail to one year in jail, depending on the misdemeanor’s class, your criminal history and the discretion of the court. Maximum fines for misdemeanor convictions range from $500 for class C misdemeanors to $5,000 for class A misdemeanors.
If you have been charged with a felony, your maximum sentence will range from three to 50 years in prison in the event of conviction, depending on the class of the felony and other factors. You may also owe a fine of up to $10,000 if you are convicted of a felony in the state of Indiana.
Hiring an Attorney
If you have been charged with a crime in Indiana, you have the option of representing yourself, hiring an attorney or accepting representation from a public defender. Because your very freedom is often on the line in these cases, it is important to make this decision carefully. Hiring your own attorney ensures that you have the opportunity to secure representation from an experienced professional who understands the law and has your best interests in mind.
Attorney Jonathan Chance knows how high the stakes can be when you have been charged with a crime. Whether this is your first charge or you have an extensive criminal history, you can always count on Attorney Chance to treat you with dignity and respect. In addition, should you have any questions or concerns throughout your case, Attorney Chance will be available to give you the information and/or reassurance you need.
If you have been charged with a crime in the state of Indiana, you need to begin building your defense as soon as possible. Please contact JC Law Offices today to learn more about working with Jonathan Chance.