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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Indiana on
Q: I have unpaid tickets from 2017&2018 that I never received information in the mail on.

I tried paying them today on public.courts.IN.gov today and all of them say they have been sent to collections, but they are not on my credit report for me to know what agency they are with. What is the best way for me to go about paying these/finding the information so I can get my license back?

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Andrew L. Bennett answered on Feb 2, 2021

You should set up a MyBMV account if you have not already done so which should give specifics on each. Additionally, consider speaking with an attorney about the unpaid tickets, if you are suspended for an unpaid ticket, it may be possible to set the judgement aside and keep it off your record.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Indiana on
Q: I have a criminal case in johnson I need represented for how to find the most affordable prices?
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Andrew L. Bennett answered on Jan 21, 2021

The way to find the best attorney for you, one that you can feel comfortable with and can afford is to call several, most have free consultations, to discuss your matter with them. Additionally, most attorneys have payment arrangements to make monthly payments. You can use the Find a Lawyer... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Indiana on
Q: Will I do jail time for a possession of marijuana under 20 grams

I live in Michigan which is a legal marijuana state and got pulled over with some marijuana in my trunk in Indiana that I forgot about. The court date is 4 hours away. Will I go to jail what do I do?

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Andrew L. Bennett answered on Jan 18, 2021

You should contact an attorney who is familiar with the county where your case is pending. Jail is always a possibility, however, an attorney can protect your rights and interests, as well as possibly negotiate a resolution to the case where you would not have to come back to IN to conclude the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Indiana on
Q: What does order granting petition to revoke probation mean?
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Andrew L. Bennett answered on Jan 12, 2021

It means either the probation or the prosecutor filed a petition revoke a person's probation for violating a term of probation. The court granted the filing of the petition and either a summons or a warrant will be issued.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Indiana on
Q: Can I still get a weapons permit if I have a class a misdemeanor charge for domestic violence.
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Andrew L. Bennett answered on Jan 6, 2021

If you have a conviction for a domestic battery there is a brady disqualifier that will prevent you from obtaining a gun permit. Depending on how long ago the conviction was you may be able to have it expunged. Consider speaking with a local criminal defense attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI for Indiana on
Q: Pulled over for OWI; passed the field test, field breathalyzer, and station machine. Then did blood draw and said fail.

How do I find out what results were and is he allowed to keep forcing me to take tests?

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Andrew L. Bennett answered on Jan 6, 2021

You will find the results once you receive discovery from the prosecutor's office. An officer can request multiple chemical tests, however you should consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney to determine if it was all done correctly.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Indiana on
Q: My ex went to jail for domestic battery and strangulation charges ? Recently they dropped both felonies to misdemeanor

I had bruises on my neck for over a week a fracture foot in three spots that needed surgery . How do I go about if I don’t agree with his charges ? And how do I make him pay for my injury?

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Andrew L. Bennett answered on Jan 3, 2021

You can contact the prosecutor's office to speak with the deputy prosecutor assigned to the case or the victim's assistant. The prosecutor has a legal obligation to speak to the victim about the case. You can ask the prosecutor seek restitution for your damages, you can also sue him civilly.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Indiana on
Q: I was giving 72 days and 1 Year's probation on a Class C misdemeanor is that legal and no two for one on the 72 days
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Andrew L. Bennett answered on Dec 28, 2020

That sounds like an inappropriate sentence. You should contact the clerk to get a copy of the sentencing order and then talk to a local criminal defense attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Cannabis & Marijuana Law, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Indiana on
Q: What constitutes a No Knock warrant in Indiana?

On a tip from a C. S. The police served a NO KNOCK warrant. For pot? First SWAT then ICE. Never identified themselves. At gun point. Wouldn’t show us the warrant. Left it after the search. Had no affidavit. They had no badges , we couldn’t EVER see they’re faces. The affidavit is excluded... Read more »

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Andrew L. Bennett answered on Dec 22, 2020

You need to contact an experience criminal defense attorney in your area to discuss the case in more detail.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Indiana on
Q: in 1982, was it a felony for a 16 year old to be charged with child molesting against another child?
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Andrew L. Bennett answered on Dec 22, 2020

Child Molesting has always been a felony; the 16 year old could have been prosecuted through the juvenile system or waived to adult court.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Indiana on
Q: Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in the presence of minors under 16 in Indiana. I was able to keep him back.

Is that even a charge in Indiana? Our battery and assault charges are togetherI believe and assault alone isn't a charge?What charge would be applicable?

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Andrew L. Bennett answered on Dec 15, 2020

There is no assault charge in Indiana, an assault is the threat of committing a battery. If there was a battery with serious bodily injury or a deadly weapon in the presence of a child under 16 then that would be either a level 5 felony or level 3 felony depending on the facts.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and DUI / DWI for Indiana on
Q: What if the date was wrong (dated for the day before offense) on a blood ,urine warrant..
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Andrew L. Bennett answered on Dec 14, 2020

Depending on other facts, it may be grounds to have the warrant and the results of the warrant suppressed. You should discuss this with your attorney, if you have not hired one then you should consult with one sooner than later.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, Domestic Violence and Landlord - Tenant for Indiana on
Q: My roommate’s sister (now irate) was staying at the apartment for free and now won’t leave?

She screams at us daily, exposes herself to Covid-19 by traveling and then comes back to the apartment, and throws things and refuses to clean after herself. (She also is often drunk or high?) She’s acting violent and we have to lock our bedroom doors at night. We asked her to leave by the end of... Read more »

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Andrew L. Bennett answered on Dec 12, 2020

Have either of you discussed it with the landlord. You or the landlord can also go to court to get an order to evict her. Your landlord may also want to change the locks on your appartment.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Indiana on
Q: Is it possible to take care of Warrant and schedule a court date while already Being incarserated elsewhere?

New case was filed after inmate was granted the work release program but now theres a warrant, is it possible to cancel out the warrant and get a court date without the inmate forfeiting the program?

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Andrew L. Bennett answered on Dec 11, 2020

Depending on the court, it is possible, the person should consult a local criminal defense attorney who is familiar with the court and can advocate on his/her behalf.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Indiana on
Q: What happens if I have to pay a speeding ticket 30 days late?
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Andrew L. Bennett answered on Dec 11, 2020

If you haven't paid the ticket it is possible the court ordered your license suspended. Also keep in mind, paying a speeding ticket will likely also increase your insurance rates. You may want to consider speaking to a local criminal defense attorney who can determine if there is a way to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Indiana on
Q: Can you get a speeding ticket sent to you if the person beside you was pulled over but you weren’t?

If two people are speeding (or racing in some cases that I’ve seen) and only one of them gets pulled over, did the other person just get lucky?

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Andrew L. Bennett answered on Dec 10, 2020

If the officer can prove who was driving the other car then that driver could also be cited or speeding and possibly resisting law enforcement.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Indiana on
Q: Is it legal to be pulled over on a routine traffic stop and have things like your phone and credit cards to be seized;

i was pulled over for a turn signal not being used within the required amount of feet (200) before turn. At this time on one of us had a warrant and that gave prob. cause to search the car. well they found drugs, but after they found that, the officer then took my cell phone and credit cards and... Read more »

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Andrew L. Bennett answered on Dec 4, 2020

To accurately answer your question is very fact sensitive and you should discuss it with a local criminal defense attorney sooner than later. If they searched your phone without a warrant and then got a warrant that would be an illegal search. Not sure why they took your credit cards unless the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Traffic Tickets for Indiana on
Q: At a traffic stop, are police allowed to search my purse without my consent/prob cause?

I gave consent to search my vehicle but they just took my purse from me as I was stepping outta my car & without asking or anything, proceeded to search it, which led to a drug charge. But I feel as if they violated my rights.

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Andrew L. Bennett answered on Nov 30, 2020

If they did not have probable cause to search the vehicle or your purse, but you gave consent to search the car, there may be an issue with consent to search your purse. Contact a local defense attorney to discuss the case in more detail.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Indiana on
Q: How much to retain an attorney or a level 2 felony meth charge with 2 priors
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Andrew L. Bennett answered on Nov 23, 2020

It will likely be quite a bit of money, but without knowing more details/facts of the case, it is difficult to quote based on simply the charges. However, do not put any personal information or specifics about your case on a public forum such as this because it may be monitored by police or... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Criminal Law, Family Law and Juvenile Law for Indiana on
Q: What laws are broken in the theft of a communication device creating a safety risk?

I live in Indiana, the device was taken from a minor and is used to ensure safety by making sure she can remain in contact with a parent when playing with a group of friends a short distance from home at a playground, about half a block away from home. A teenager has been taking it from her to... Read more »

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Andrew L. Bennett answered on Nov 19, 2020

Have you called the police about this?

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