For the do-it-yourselfer.

Many of us have wandered into traffic court to fight a ticket with the hope that the judge will see things our way.  However, the reality in criminal cases is very different.  These are superior, circuit or federal courts.  They observe formal rules of trial procedure, the rules of evidence as well as a confusing variation of local rules and customs.  The prosecutor, who often has a crushing caseload, has no obligation to work with you or protect you from your own mistakes.  Our system is by definition “adversarial.”  Your attorney’s professionalism and ability to tell your story effectively is what makes the difference at a bond hearing, trial or sentencing.

You also receive different protections from the constitution of the United States and the constitution of Indiana.  Digesting exactly what these protections are and how they work takes not only years of law school study and experience but the desire to keep up with the ever-changing landscape of caselaw handed down by the Supreme Court and appeals courts.  Understanding and protecting your rights without an attorney is virtually impossible.

Check out our Links (Links.) page for more information on where to turn for answers.  Naturally, nothing provided here is intended as legal advice and no attorney-client relationship is established until done so in writing.