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Monroe County Criminal Defense Lawyer
Standing Up for You in the Indiana Criminal Justice System
Any arrest can throw even the strongest among us into a tailspin. Being in police custody can be frightening, and intimidating, leaving you wondering about your future. At the Law Office of B.D. Williams, we are strong legal warriors for your best interests when you need it most.
Burglary, larceny, and aggravated assault are among the most common criminal charges in Monroe County. Attorney Williams’ trial experience in Chicago and Indiana makes him particularly effective in defending his clients against such crimes.
Criminal Defense for Indiana University Students
Our defense lawyer has particular interest in representing Indiana University students who face criminal charges. Inadequate defense will change the trajectory of their lives. Don’t hire just any defense attorney or rely on a public defender. We fight to give these students the opportunity to complete their education and become successful and productive citizens.
Our firm has represented clients facing a wide range of criminal charges, from traffic misdemeanors to felony drug and weapons cases. When you need aggressive defense, call on us. We are here to help.
If you are arrested, do not talk to the police. Call (317) 458-9911. We are available 24/7.
Facing criminal charges in Monroe County, IN? Rely on our attorney who has been nationally recognized by The National Trial Lawyers Association as a Top 100 trial attorney.
How We Approach Every Case
We begin building a defense strategy in the first case consultation. We thoroughly analyze every piece of evidence, every witness statement, photos, videos, and anything else impacting your case. If needed, we conduct our own investigation into what happened and call on professional experts. By poking holes in the prosecution’s case, we increase the chances for charges to be reduced if not dropped altogether.
The end goal is always to minimize the penalties imposed on our clients.
Should the case go to trial, our attorney uses his deep knowledge and experience to skillfully argue for his clients. There is no greater advocate than Brian Williams.
DUI and OWI
DUI in Indiana is referred to as OWI in the law. Operating While Intoxicated penalties progressively increase based on the driver’s blood alcohol content (BAC) and the number of previous convictions.
You can be charged with OWI for any of the following:
- Operating your vehicle with a BAC of .08 percent or higher
- Operating your vehicle with any amount of a Schedule I or II controlled substance (marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, and opiates are examples)
- Operating your vehicle when intoxicated by drugs or alcohol (regardless of the amount)
The first offense is typically a misdemeanor. Don’t let that fool you. Misdemeanors can still potentially mean jail time, up to $500 in fines, license suspension of 180 days, and an ignition interlock device installed on your car. A habitual offender or a DUI accident that hurts another person are felonies carrying more serious legal consequences.
Recreational marijuana is legal in 19 states and medical marijuana is legal in 21 states (as of 2022). Indiana is not one of them. State law classifies marijuana as a Schedule I drug, the most dangerous category. A first-time marijuana possession charge, a Class B misdemeanor, is punishable by up to 180 days and a fine of up to $1,000. That misdemeanor can quickly be elevated to a felony if the accused is in possession of 30 grams or more and has a prior drug conviction.
A bong or other marijuana paraphernalia is a Level 6 felony with a possible sentence of at least six months in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.
Theft and Robbery
Theft charges run a huge gamut, from embezzlement to shoplifting. Fortunately, the Law Office of B.D. Williams has experience in defending clients charged with all types of theft cases. Like theft, robbery is committed when one person knowingly takes the property of someone else. Theft becomes robbery when the crime includes the use of force, intimidation, threatened force, or putting the alleged victim in fear.
The details determine how a crime is charged. A robbery that results in serious bodily injury can be charged as a Level 2 felony. The theft of property with a value less than $750 is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to 1 year in jail and fines up to $5,000.
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 42.5% of Indiana women and 27.9% of Indiana men experience intimate partner physical violence, intimate partner sexual violence, and/or intimate partner stalking in their lifetimes. Just over 20% of college students report experiencing dating violence by a current partner and 32% by a previous partner. Domestic violence is a serious problem throughout the U.S.
When the police arrive on the scene of a reported domestic violence incident, the person perceived to be the aggressor is typically arrested. That’s when you call Attorney Williams. He understands that some situations are not as they seem.
Criminal charges ranging from misdemeanors to felonies are possible. Petitions for protective orders can also be initiated against you. When you face these charges, your best offense is a strong defense.
Murder & Homicide
An accusation of taking the life of another person is the most serious an individual can face. Indiana defines murder as the intentional killing of another person or viable fetus. Murder charges can be filed when someone is killed during the commission (or attempt) of certain crimes.
While many people use homicide interchangeably with murder, the two terms are different in the law. Homicide is an umbrella term that means one life was taken by another person. Not all homicides are criminal. Justifiable homicides are killings that are commanded or authorized by law. Excusable homicides are killings that don’t deserve punishment (often due to an accident).
Criminal homicide includes murder, voluntary manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter, reckless homicide, and assisting suicide.
Whether someone is charged with murder or manslaughter is partly based on whether the defendant acted with malice or forethought. Reducing a charge from murder to manslaughter is also sometimes part of strategic plea negotiations.
Depending on the type of homicide charge, penalties range from 1 year in prison to the death penalty. Fines reach up to $10,000.
Comprehensive Criminal Defense in Monroe County
There is no such thing as a minor case. From habitual traffic violations to assault charges, we put the same tenacious effort into defending our client. You can expect thoughtful and insightful representation that evaluates every angle of your case.
We are here when you need us, 24 hours a day, every day. Call (317) 458-9911 to schedule a free consultation.
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