If you have been charged with a felony case you are facing some severe consequences and you should have an attorney that has experience in handling these types of cases. With the potential loss of years of freedom, you need to have an attorney that will work to get the best outcome for your case.
What sort of “time” should I expect in a felony case?
Felony cases in Indiana can carry a wide range of penalties. On the low end of the felony spectrum, a Level 6 Felony carries a possiblity penalty between 6 months and 30 months. On the other side of things, a Level 1 Felony carries a possible penalty between 20 years and 40 years.
That is not the end of it either. In most types of cases, the Court has the authority to suspend some or all of the time and place you on probation. The court can also consider the possibility of placing you in some type of work release or home detention program if you are found guilty or plead guilty to a felony.
All of this assumes that you are found guilty or plead guilty. But, this just shows you the complications of just the sentencing aspect of case. Dealing with the pre-trial aspects of a case can also bring several complications as well that you need the right attorney to help make sure your rights are protected.
I’ve been charged with a felony, now what?
In some cases, you will be released without having to post a bond, but in many types of felony cases you will be required to post some type of cash or surety bond to secure your release before trial. In almost every type of case in Indiana you are usually entitled to a bond.
The court will hold an initial hearing to inform you of your charges, enter a preliminary plea (which should be not guilty), inquire into representation choice (public defender or private counsel), and inform you of court assignments and next court dates.
From there the next steps are crucial and when having the right attorney for you is very, very important. Between the initial court date and a either a final record date or plea cut-off date, you and your lawyer should meet at different points to discuss evidence that the State of Indiana has provided, potential evidence you may have, and possible defenses that may exist in your case.
It is at this time, when you and your attorney will decide whether it makes sense to pursue plea negotiations with the prosecutor’s office or to move the case forward to trial. Having an experienced attorney is crucial to your case and your life.
If you have been charged with a felony case in the South Bend area, give my office a call at (574) 387-6529 or fill out the contact form so that we can speak about your case.