If you have been arrested or charged with a crime, you may be facing some serious consequences and have significant questions. The will likely be focused solely on securing a conviction. And if you are convicted of a crime, it could have a lifelong effect on your family, your employment, your ability to obtain a residence or apply for a loan, and, of course, your liberty could be restricted through a jail or prison term.
If you are facing a pending criminal proceeding, you need a tough, skilled, and experienced attorney. Serving the counties of Noble, DeKalb, Steuben, LaGrange, and the surrounding area, the attorneys at Yoder Kraus & Jessup P.C. bring over 50 years of experience in criminal defense to the courtroom and are prepared to fight for your rights and your freedom.
Our attorneys are skilled and knowledgeable in all types of criminal cases, including homicide (murder and manslaughter), battery, assault, domestic violence, drug and marijuana offenses, sex crimes, burglary, robbery, public intoxication, resisting arrest, driving under the influence (DUI), driving while suspended, firearms offenses and administrative issues, embezzlement and fraud, and more.
Our attorneys are prepared to vigorously defend you at every stage of your case and seek the best possible outcome for your situation. Indiana criminal offenses can carry stiff penalties, even for relatively minor offenses.
- Murder: 45 to 65 years in state prison and up to $10,000 in fines; in certain circumstances, the prosecutor may seek life in prison without the possibility of parole or death. up to $10,000 in fines
- Level 1 Felony: 20 to 40 years in state prison and up to $10,000 in fines.
- Level 2 Felony: 10 to 30 years in state prison and up to $10,000 in fines.
- Level 3 Felony: 3 to 16 years in state prison and up to $10,000 in fines.
- Level 4 Felony: 2 to 12 years in state prison and up to $10,000 in fines.
- Level 5 Felony: 1 to 6 years in state prison and up to $10,000 in fines.
- Level 6 Felony: 6 months to 2.5 years in state prison and up to $10,000 in fines.
- Class A Misdemeanors: Up to one year in county jail and up to $5,000 in fines.
- Class B Misdemeanors: Up to 180 days in county jail and up to $1,000 in fines.
- Class C Misdemeanors: Up to 60 days in county jail and up to $500 in fines.
Driving under the influence (DUI) and other driving related offenses may also carry mandatory or court-ordered license suspensions. Indiana now has a process known as Specialized Driving Privileges (SDP) through which a court may order that a suspended driver is permitted to drive under specified circumstances, such as to and from work or other necessary activities. If you are facing or already serving a license suspension, our attorneys can help you get your license restored.
The attorneys at Yoder Kraus & Jessup P.C. can also help you get your past criminal convictions or arrests expunged. Expunging or sealing your records can open many doors. Once your record is expunged, potential employers are prohibited from inquiring about the expunged convictions or arrests. Expungement may only be sought once, so it’s important to do it correctly. If a petition is denied by the court for any reason (including procedural reasons), it cannot be re-filed nor can a new petition be filed requesting the same criminal cases to be expunged.
Our attorneys are experienced and knowledgeable in handling criminal expungement cases and are prepared to guide you through the process so that you can move forward with your life.