Criminal Defense Attorneys in Westfield, Indiana
Zealously Defending the Rights of the Accused – Criminal Defense Lawyers in Westfield, Indiana
When you see flashing red lights in the rearview mirror or feel the cold steel of handcuffs clamp around your wrists, the feeling can be terrifying. Concerns about your freedom, career, reputation, and the future of your family can be overwhelming. Because an arrest is an unexpected and unfamiliar situation for many people accused of a crime, people often experience a compelling inclination to cooperate in the hope of going home.
When you are in a police station, law enforcement officers expect you to be afraid and intimidated by the harsh atmosphere of a custodial interrogation. Most law enforcement officers, detectives, and government agents are aggressive and skilled interrogators who hope to use your fear and anxiety to lead you into providing damaging statements or factual inconsistencies that will be used against you. The law enforcement officers that are attempting to interview you are not interested in “the truth” or “clearing things up”; rather, they are interested in obtaining evidence that may be used by a prosecutor to convict you and send you to jail or state prison. Our Westfield Indiana criminal defense attorneys care about the long-term interests of our clients and work diligently to protect them from making critical errors that may compromise their case.
Criminal Cases Our Law Firm Handles
Our law firm has the legal acumen and experience to offer tenacious criminal defense involving a broad range of felonies, misdemeanors, or traffic violations, such as:
- Drug Crimes Defense Overview
- Drug Dealing
All Drug Crimes (Heroin, Methamphetamine, Cocaine, Marijuana, Prescription Drugs without a Valid Prescription, Ecstasy)
Serious Traffic Violations
- BMV Offenses
- CDL Defense & Traffic Violations
- CDL Defense – Speeding Ticket Defense
- Driver’s License Defense & Hearings
- Driving without a License
- Felony OWI
- Reckless Driving
- Hit and Run
- OWI Charge – First Time Arrest
- OWI Charge – Second Time Arrest
- OWI – 3rd or More
- Reckless Driving
- Habitual Traffic Violator Offender
- Excessive Speeding
- Firearms Defense Overview
- Possessing or Carrying a Handgun without a License
- Prohibited Sales or Transfer of a Handgun
- Possession of a Handgun by a Serious Violent Felon
- Pointing a Firearm at Another Person
- Possession of a Handgun by a Person Convicted of Domestic Violence
- Domestic Battery
- Violation of an Order of Protection
- Criminal Stalking
- Violent Crimes Overview Page
- Attempted Murder
- Criminal Confinement
- Criminal Recklessness
- Property Crimes Overview
- White Collar Crimes
Possession of Stolen Property
- Welfare, Credit Card, or Check Fraud
- Criminal Mischief
- Juvenile Court Defense Overview
- Disorderly Contact
- OWI – Underage OWI Defense
- Theft Offenses
- Underage Drinking
- Public Intoxication
- Drug Possession
Indiana Criminal Defense Attorneys: Do You Really Need One?
If you have been arrested, you may be wondering if you really need to hire a criminal defense attorney. Perhaps you are only charged with a misdemeanor or it is the first time you have ever been charged with a crime. However, it is best to hire a criminal defense attorney to ensure your legal rights are thoroughly protected—and that the evidence being used to charge you with a crime is valid.
Improper searches and seizures
The Constitution protects citizens from illegal searches and seizures. Any evidence obtained through an illegal search and seizure usually must be tossed out of a case—it may not be used to charge someone with a crime. For example, an officer usually must have a warrant to search your home or vehicle. Many individuals charged with a crime are unaware that they were illegally searched—until they hired an attorney.
Statements to law enforcement
During and after your arrest, you have the right to remain silent and state that you would like your attorney present. Your attorney is able to speak with law enforcement on your behalf. Many individuals charged with crimes see no harm in speaking with police officers and prosecutors because they do not think they have committed a crime. However, any statements made may be used against these individuals later.
Protecting your future
Many criminal charges have an impact on someone’s future—their career or personal relationships, for example. Criminal defense attorneys work hard to mitigate these impacts on a person’s life.
Call our criminal defense attorneys today to discuss your claim
At Webster & Garino LLC, our criminal defense attorneys have represented clients in both misdemeanor and felony cases. To schedule a free consultation with our defense team, call 317-565-1818.
Why Retain Our Westfield Criminal Defense Law Firm?
Our criminal defense lawyers in Indiana have a reputation for providing persuasive advocacy and compelling arguments in defense of our clients’ rights and liberty. We have built a reputation based on success in aggressively attacking the prosecutor’s case based on factual, substantive, and procedural grounds. When our lawyers are retained during a criminal investigation before formal charges have been filed, we might be able to persuade the prosecutor not to pursue the case by exposing unlawful searches, suggestive lineups, improper law enforcement procedures, and/or unlawful interrogations. Because of our experience in hundreds of criminal cases, we anticipate and counter prosecutor tactics like overcharging an offense to obtain a more favorable plea agreement.
At our criminal defense law firm, we are committed to the principle that every citizen deserves a tenacious and aggressive defense. If you are arrested, state and federal law enforcement officers and prosecutors have virtually infinite resources at their disposal to seek a criminal conviction. We utilize the full scope of our legal acumen, experience, and resources to safeguarding our clients’ freedom and future. Our Westfield criminal defense attorneys have represented hundreds of people charged with misdemeanors and felonies at both the state and federal level, as well as those charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (OWI) (commonly referred to in other states as “driving under the influence,” “DUI” “Driving While Intoxicated,” or “DWI”).
When facing OWI or criminal charges, our experienced Indiana criminal defense law firm might utilize some of the following defense strategies:
- Seeking dismissal of the charges or acquittal after trial
- Preventing evidence that was illegally obtained from being used
- Negotiating for a reduction in charges, diversion, or other forms of alternate sentencing
- Exposing lies or embellishment of the facts by police, witnesses, or the accuser
- Conducting an extensive investigation, including the use of professional forensic investigators
- Filing motions for the exclusion of illegally obtained statements or physical evidence
- Arguing the prosecutor has failed to prove every element of the charged offense beyond a reasonable doubt
- Challenging the accuracy or reliability of chemical testing of breath, blood, or urine
- Attacking the procedures or training of the officer who conducted field sobriety or blood alcohol testing
- Challenging the legality of a vehicle stop or a search and seizure
Consequences of a Felony, Misdemeanor or OWI Conviction in Westfield Indiana
When you are convicted of a crime in Westfield, IN, the conviction can carry very severe short-term and long-term consequences. Depending on the specific criminal charges that you are facing, a conviction may result in prison or jail time, significant fines, restitution or other financial penalties, community service, mandatory counseling or classes, probation, loss of your driving privileges, probation, registration as a sex offender, and more.
These are merely the penalties that may be imposed as part of your formal sentencing. Many other consequences could have a longer-term impact on your life. A state or federal misdemeanor or felony conviction is a matter of public record that is easily discoverable by an employer, professional or state licensing agency, academic institution, agency that awards financial aid, or a landlord. A criminal conviction can impair your rights when seeking future employment or other opportunities. Immigration rights also might be impaired based on the offense while a felony conviction could lead to the loss of the right to vote, to own a firearm, or to serve on a jury.
Whether you have been arrested and charged with a crime or you have learned that you are the target of a state or federal law enforcement investigation, our criminal defense attorneys provide zealous defense to people in Westfield, Indianapolis, Sheridan, Atlanta, Lebanon, Zionsville, Arcadia, Hamilton, Carmel, and Marion County, Hamilton County and Boon County. Webster & Garino LLC is a full-service law firm located in Westfield, Indiana, offering practical solutions to individuals and businesses to help protect what matters most. We are committed to providing you with individual attention and quality legal assistance and guidance. Please call or email us for a free consultation. Our experienced Westfield estate planning attorneys craft estate plans to our clients’ specific needs and objectives.
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Webster & Garino LLC
104 N Union St.