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Indianapolis Criminal Defense Lawyer

Aggressive & Experienced Legal Representation in Indiana

Whether you are facing a misdemeanor or felony charge in Indiana, you need an experienced lawyer to help you avoid conviction or serving harsh criminal penalties, such as jail or prison time. At Hayes Law Office, we have helped more than 1,000 clients get the best possible outcome in their cases.

With over 16 years of experience, Attorney Philip Hayes has developed a reputation for skilled and dedicated legal representation. The firm provides personal service that includes client accessibility to our counsel and prompt responsiveness and offers veteran legal representation for a wide range of legal matters. Our Indianapolis criminal defense attorney gives each client the personalized and attentive service of a small firm, paired with the wealth of knowledge and resources present in large firms.

If you have been arrested in Indianapolis, call (317) 759-1515 or complete our online contact form to schedule a free consultation to learn about your legal options.

Indiana Criminal Law

There are two main types of crime in Indiana: misdemeanors and felonies. Misdemeanors are punishable by a maximum jail sentence of one (1) year.

Here is a breakdown of the Indiana misdemeanor classes:

  • Class A misdemeanor – Considered the most serious, this type of misdemeanor carries a jail term of up to one year and a fine not exceeding $5,000.

  • Class B misdemeanor – A conviction of this misdemeanor leads to a maximum jail sentence of 180 days and a fine no more than $1,000.

  • Class C misdemeanor – Considered the least serious, this type of misdemeanor results in a jail sentence of up to 60 days and a fine no more than $500.

By contrast, felonies are more serious than misdemeanors. These offenses carry state prison terms of at least one year and a maximum fine of $10,000.

A felony conviction could take you away from your family, adversely affect your criminal history record. A felony conviction, such as a serious drug charge could prevent potential employment opportunities and make accomplishing your future goals extremely difficult.

Although the evidence against you might appear overwhelming, the Indianapolis criminal defense lawyer at Hayes Law Office will meet the demands of your situation.

Felony Classes:

  • Level 1 felony – This type of felony is punishable by prison sentence between 20 and 40 years.

  • Level 2 felony – A conviction results in a prison term between ten (10) and 30 years.

  • Level 3 felony – This type of felony carries a prison sentence between three (3) and 16 years.

  • Level 4 felony – A conviction leads to a prison term between two (2) and 12 years.

  • Level 5 felony – This type of felony is punishable by a prison sentence between one (1) and six (6) years.

  • Level 6 felony – This felony is considered a “wobbler,” which means these offenses can be charged as either a misdemeanor or felony, based on the facts and circumstances of the case. A felony conviction results in a maximum prison sentence of two and a half years.

How Attorney Hayes Can Help

The main objective of an Indianapolis criminal defense lawyer is to work their way to reduce the consequences of any crimes that the defendant has been part of. Without an attorney, the rights of the accused would not be exercised properly and there is a high chance that they would be convicted in a more serious way, unlike when they have someone to represent them, the charges could be minimized.

In today’s economic times many employers are likely to verify the criminal backgrounds of their candidates. If given the opportunity to hire two equally qualified candidates, an employer may elect to hire the candidate without a conviction, charge, or arrest on their record, regardless of its nature. You must select an experienced attorney to learn about your rights and options.

By thoroughly investigating each case, Attorney Hayes takes a proactive approach to negotiating pre-trial settlements and finding weaknesses in the prosecution’s arguments. More often than not, he is able to have criminal charges dismissed, or at the very least reduced penalties.

A good attorney discusses everything in detail and studies the criminal case to find the strengths and weaknesses. This will enable him to prepare a strong defense strategy and help the client get a fair trial.

Attorney Hayes works diligently to protect the rights of his clients and minimize the disruption that a simple misdemeanor criminal charge can cause. If a plea agreement is not completely in your best interest, he will aggressively fight to protect your rights at trial and pursue the best possible outcome for your future.

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Client Reviews

Read What Our Clients Are Saying About Us
  • BEST LAWYER IN INDIANAPOLIS!!!!

    “I would highly recommend attorney Hayes. When he takes your case he gets the job done and he goes above and beyond. He tells you everything you need to better help your situation.”

    - Beatrice B.
  • Couldn't have asked for a better attorney!

    “Was prompt and gave me the best option possible in a definitely worked in my favor. Everybody (especially military veterans) and should use Mr. Hayes thanks again and God Bless!!!”

    - Chris C.
  • I decided to give Mr.Hayes a call and it was 10/10 the best decision I could have made.

    “The second you walk into the courtroom with him you can tell how well respected he is and almost everyone knows him by name. I will 100% be using Mr. Hayes for anything in the future. Worth every last penny.”

    - Cole H.
  • He was completely transparent from the beginning and I never felt like I was left in the dark.

    “The first time I talked to him, I had a feeling that he was the right attorney for the case I had. In the end, he helped get the criminal charges dismissed against me so that I could finally put this year-long situation behind me. I could not thank him eno”

    - Codi B.
  • He is the best!

    “I had something bad that happened to my significant other which had me scared for his freedom and record. Mr Hayes went in there to court for him and got both charges dismissed with very little effort ...”

    - Jen F.
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Schedule a Free Consultation Immediately

If you have been charged with a misdemeanor, or a felony, you deserve a strong and diligent advocate. We have a history of obtaining favorable results for our clients and provide aggressive defense representation.

The overall outcome can have a significant impact on your future. We will work to keep you out of jail, minimize fines and preserve your reputation. Hayes Law Office is the firm that you’ll need the most.

By aggressively defending your rights with a strategic and personalized plan, Attorney Philip Hayes will work to keep you out of jail, minimize fines and preserve your reputation. He has an established presence in the court system, extensive knowledge of the criminal justice system, criminal laws, and police procedures.

Contact us at (317) 759-1515 today to learn more about the legal services the firm provides.

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