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1 Answer | Asked in Constitutional Law for Indiana on
Q: What is one's legal rights while on house arrest VS State rights, how to know if rights are violated. Elkhart, In

Ex : been exposed to cruel and unusual punishment, unaccessible to hygiene and food/ store for 5 weeks due to laid off/ non payment. All passes taken for 5 weeks. What are personal rights while under house arrest, what are States rights while under house arrest, what is counties rights while... Read more »

James L. Arrasmith
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answered on Mar 2, 2023

When someone is under house arrest, their legal rights depend on the conditions and terms set forth by the court and the state. In general, a person on house arrest has the right to:

Due process: This means that any decisions related to the house arrest must be made according to legal...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law and Appeals / Appellate Law for Indiana on
Q: Indiana on the affidavit for arrest if the police say they advised us of our Miranda rights , but never did.

On top of saying I made a statement and never did. With no bodycams on a knock & announce search warrant. What are my options

James A Hanson
James A Hanson
answered on Jan 30, 2023

Whether or not you were read your Miranda rights is a question of fact that your attorney needs to review during discovery in your case. Likewise, whether or not you made a statement is a question of fact that should be explored.

The vast majority of warrants are "knock and...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Cannabis & Marijuana Law, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Indiana on
Q: Why do Attorneys on this "FREE LEGAL HELP FORUM " website tell us "Not to talk about the details "

Don't talk about the details of our case? In my situation after 3 yrs and 2 attorneys and NEVER HAVE MY QUESTIONS BEEN ANSWERED!! NOT EVEN HERE!! My questions are basically about procedures in a criminal case in ELKHART INDIANA. HOME OF THE WOLVERINES!! #1 in wrongful convictions &... Read more »

James A Hanson
James A Hanson
answered on Jan 30, 2023

This is a public forum, so there is no attorney-client privilege to anything posted here. Additionally, if you are a friend or family member sharing details about another person's case, you are also providing information publicly that the prosecution can use in their investigation and trial... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Cannabis & Marijuana Law, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Indiana on
Q: indiana rules When executing a knock and announce search warrant are bodycams excluded? Why?

The police never gave the signed warrant to the clerk to file. Took 11 months to return the warrant and it's not the same cause number. Also no bodycams? Why

James A Hanson
James A Hanson
answered on Jan 30, 2023

First, body cams are not required by law, so there is nothing abnormal or problematic with not having body cam video in discovery since not all officers are equipped with body cams.

Second, it is not uncommon for search warrants to be obtained under a unique cause number and not in the same...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Cannabis & Marijuana Law, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Indiana on
Q: What are the rules of procedure when applying for and returning a knock and announce search warrant in indiana

When does an affidavit (probable cause) for search have to be filed with the clerk? When does the warrant have to be returned? If there's no affidavit of probable cause ever filed with the clerk EVER ..is that legal? Next if 10 months later a different cause number(ed) search warrant is... Read more »

Andrew L. Bennett
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answered on Jul 5, 2022

If you have had 3 attorneys not sure why your questions have not been answered. To answer your questions accurately depends on the specific facts of your case which are not listed in your description. However, you can Google the specific statute to give you some insights into the law that... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Indiana on
Q: Can a probation officer use an illegal search and Seizure Report in a psi and you be sentenced on it?

Ok let me add to this then so I can get a little more clarification. An illegal search and Seizure being detailed into a psi is not a violation of my 4th amendment right? Also bc I had marijuana on me in CA and it's legal and being in Indiana it is illegal this evidence enhanced my sentencing... Read more »

James A Hanson
James A Hanson
answered on May 22, 2022

During the sentencing phase of a case, the legal standard for the admission of evidence no longer follows the Rules of Evidence. Rather, the evidence only needs to have "sufficient indicia of reliability" which is a pretty low bar.

Hearsay, and even double-hearsay, is allowed....
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Indiana on
Q: If I am living with a roommate while on house arrest and they come do a search can they room get searched as well

what all areas are they allowed to search with and without a search warrant while i am on house arrest

Grant E Helms
Grant E Helms
answered on May 16, 2022

The documentation you signed when you started house arrest will outline the parameters of your monitoring situation and what the monitoring authority and law enforcement is authorized to do. It's not clear if you're a pre-trial detainee on house arrest or a defendant on house arrest doing... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Criminal Law for Indiana on
Q: I need a civil rights lawyer in Indiana to help with violation of civil rights and human rights being violated

Husband has many of his rights being violated including;

#2- freedom from discrimination

#3- right to life and safety

#5- freedom from torture and inhumane treatment-- not even anything but one little blanket during the Sub-Zero degrees no heat and there was snow on his bed.... Read more »

James A Hanson
James A Hanson
answered on Jan 26, 2023

There doesn't appear to be question posed, but the issues you are raising are issues that need to be discussed with an attorney actually handling the case.

If you husband has an attorney (retained or appointed) these are issues that need to be discussed with that attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Indiana on
Q: In indiana how do I get a waiver to reinstate my driver's license

My license was suspended 2 years ago due to a criminal charge and lack of financial responsibility I've been pulled over and now here recently literally just in the parking lot almost of my employment and ticketed for driving law suspended the problem is I am so far in debt due to this covid... Read more »

Andrew L. Bennett
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answered on Jul 26, 2022

Go to IN.gov and look up the BMV. There should be sample forms for waiver available.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and White Collar Crime for Indiana on
Q: Can someone be charged for the same case and crime in 2 different Indiana counties?

The judge and attorney had pointed out that they acknowledge this, a motion for dismissal was entered in October however it hasn't been addressed and the 2 counties are passing him back and forth even trying to revoke the bond paid already in one county.

Joseph Abrams
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answered on Jan 20, 2022

No. Because the two counties are considered part of the same sovereign, that is, the state of Indiana, it would violate the Constitution's prohibition against double jeopardy.

- Law Office of Joseph Abrams, Anaheim, CA

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Traffic Tickets for Indiana on
Q: Do you have to show ID if you are pulled over by a police officer for allegedly swerving

I Was driving down a highway when I got pulled over for swerving Despite the fact That I had a dashcam that said otherwise

Andrew L. Bennett
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answered on Jan 18, 2022

In Indiana, if you are pulled over for a traffic violation, alleged or actual, you must show identification.

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 »

Andrew L. Bennett
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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, 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 »

Andrew L. Bennett
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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 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.

Andrew L. Bennett
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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.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Indiana on
Q: I need assistance obtaining case records from the county court house in reference to filing for compensation

House Bill 1150

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Sep 6, 2020

This is really something that an Indiana attorney would know best, but you await a response for four weeks. As a general matter, without regard to the type of case, court clerks can sometimes assist in obtaining file documents. However, in many places, COVID has changed some of the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Indiana on
Q: Can the police pull me over just to talk to me
Andrew L. Bennett
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answered on Aug 21, 2020

Assuming you are not a CDL operator and in a commercial vehicle, no, not without a valid traffic violation.

1 Answer | Asked in Constitutional Law, Criminal Law and Cannabis & Marijuana Law for Indiana on
Q: friends house was Searched with a warrant they found illegal items and substance they both felons y didnt arrests them
Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Aug 5, 2020

Alot of times the LEOs either request Charges to be issued sometime after the Search Warrant Execution, or they try to work out a Sentence to bring to the Court for entry. Very often the citizens searched cooperate with the LEOs to incriminate others, and receive lighter Sentences therefor.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Indiana on
Q: Can Indiana hold inmate longer than 30 days on extradition warrant out of Oklahoma?

No charges in IN. 3 misdemeanor charges from OK. What to do if inmate is not released?

Andrew L. Bennett
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Andrew L. Bennett
answered on Aug 3, 2020

The person needs to file a motion with the court where they are being held asking they be released. Also someone should advise the correct county in Oklahoma that the person is in-custody in Indiana and request they start the extradition process.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Construction Law and Consumer Law for Indiana on
Q: can I run away if I don’t feel safe in my house ?

My mother blames us for the way her boyfriend treats her they fight all the time the last fight they had he called my mom crazy and then he called me crazy when me and my mom get in fights she thinks it ok to put her hands on me last time she put her hands on me I threatened to call the cops and... Read more »

James Avery
James Avery
answered on May 7, 2020

A better option might be to call County Dept of Social Services and make a report, they will find you a safe home if necessary.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Indiana on
Q: Covid-19 early release. How do I go about doing this before it is to late?

He is a non violent offender with under a year of time left. His name is Jamie Wacasey and he was arrested and charged with driving while suspended. He was traveling to walmart for children's tylenol when he was arrested. We are all very worried about him and this virus rapidly spreading... Read more »

Mike Cunningham
Mike Cunningham
answered on Apr 17, 2020

Sorry to hear about this. You should consult with a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible to consider his options. There are motions that can be filed on his behalf to try and get him relief during this scary time. Good luck!

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