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Indianapolis Criminal Defense Attorney

Criminal charges bring with them fear and uncertainty.

To many Indianapolis criminal defense attorneys, you’re just a number. Here, we take the time to understand not just your case, but the stakes your situation presents in your life, for you and your family. A criminal conviction doesn’t just impact you, it impacts your family, friends, employment, and more.

Have you been charged with one of these criminal offenses or want your record expunged?

We offer you the legal representation you need to help you through the criminal justice system in Indiana. Call for more information.

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Misdemeanors

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At The Law Offices of Gabriel Berry, we understand what is at stake for you and your family.

We create a criminal defense strategy to minimize or eliminate the impact of criminal charges on your life, because you matter.

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We believe you matter. So, we take the time to truly listen to your questions and needs.
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Our law firm works to understand every aspect of your situation. Not just as it relates to the law, but to your life as well.

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Because we listen and understand, we’re best positioned to help you achieve the outcome you deserve.

A few words from our clients

I hired Mr. Berry and from the beginning, he was quick to respond and attentive to the details of my case. He is very knowledgeable and professional, yet personable, so I knew I was in good hands and was being represented well. He helped me get the results I wanted from my case, so I am VERY happy after hiring him!

Sara – Client

Gabriel Berry was reliable, trustworthy and delivered a quick turnaround to all my questions. Additionally, I was pleased with his thoroughness and offering solutions to pursue the matter in question.

Renee – Client

I was connected with Mr. Berry to petition for the expungement of a felony from my record here in Indiana. He gave a good overview of the process, timeline, and expectations for the petition. The paperwork was handled quickly and the petition was successful! I was very pleased with the turnaround time and would definitely recommend Mr. Berry for expungement petitions!

Todd – Client

We are thankful for the kind words of clients we have worked hard to serve, however, past results do not guarantee future results. We will work hard to achieve the best outcome possible in your case.

Find relief knowing your criminal case is in reliable hands.

Here’s how it works:

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1. Free Consultation

We take the time to understand your criminal charges and answer all your questions.

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2. Prepare and Negotiate

Our Criminal Defense Team will prepare your case and negotiate the outcomes you deserve.

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3. See Results

Get the best resolution possible for your criminal case and a clear understanding of how to move forward.

An Indianapolis criminal defense lawyer who is there for you long after your case is resolved.

You have been charged with a crime. Whether this is your first offense or not, you’re probably concerned with how criminal charges will change your life going forward. How will this impact your employment, your ability to drive, your kids, your parents, your friends?

Criminal charges impact everyone around you. You need a criminal defense attorney who can help you mitigate the impact of criminal charges in your life, and for your loved ones.

At The Law Offices of Gabriel Berry, we believe you matter. That is why we take the time to truly listen to you. We get to know your criminal case, how it might impact your life, and answer all of your pressing questions. You deserve a defense lawyer who puts you first.

Here is how to get started with our criminal defense team and reduce or eliminate the impact of a criminal conviction on your life.

  • First, call now for a free consultation. We’ll take the time to understand your situation and answer all your pressing questions.
  • Second, our criminal defense team will prepare your case and negotiate the outcomes you deserve.
  • Finally, you’ll see the best resolution possible in your criminal case and have a clear understanding of how to move forward.

So, call today and schedule a free criminal defense consultation and find peace of mind knowing you have made the best decisions for your legal matter.

Practice Areas We Support

At The Law Offices of Gabriel Berry, we focus our practice mainly on Criminal Defense and Family Law. Here are a few common legal services we provide.If you don’t see what you’re looking for, call and talk to us! 

Criminal Defense

If you have been charged with a crime, you need an experienced Criminal Defense attorney to investigate your case, determine the facts, and negotiate outcomes with prosecutors which might include, reduced sentence, reduced bail, or reduced charges.

Need a criminal defense lawyer? Learn more here.

Felonies

In the state of Indiana, a felony is any crime that carries a sentence of over one year in prison. Felonies are categorized into six levels. Felonies carry the following potential sentences by level:

Level One Felony

20-40 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. An example of a level one felony offense is aggravated rape.

Level Two Felony

10-30 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. An example of a level two felony offense is voluntary manslaughter.

Level Three Felony

3-16 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. An example of a level three felony offense is aggravated battery that causes injury to another.

Level Four Felony

2-12 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. An example of a level four felony offense is arson.

Level Five Felony

1-6 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. An example of a level five felony offense is involuntary manslaughter.

Level Six Felony

6 months to 2.5 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. An example of a level six felony offense is vehicle theft.

Misdemeanors

In Indiana, misdemeanors are crimes that carry up to a year in prison and are classified into three classes: 

A Misdemeanor

The most serious class of misdemeanor in Indiana, it carries a sentence of up to a year in prison and as much as a $5,000 fine. An example of a class A misdemeanor in Indiana is the possession of up to 30 grams of marijuana.

B Misdemeanor

Punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine. An example of a class A misdemeanor in Indiana is public intoxication.

C Misdemeanor

The lowest class of misdemeanor in Indiana, it carries up to 60 days in jail and up to $500 fine. An example of a class C misdemeanor in Indiana is a person's first DUI with a blood alcohol level of between .08 and .15

Expungements

Depending on your conviction, you must wait between 5 and 8 years before filing to expunge your criminal record. Offenses that cannot be expunged include sex offenders, violent offenders, those convicted of official misconduct, homicide offenses, human and sexual trafficking offenses, or sex crimes.

OWI / DUI

In Indiana, you can be charged with a DUI (driving under the influence), also known as OWI (operating while intoxicated), if you were operating a vehicle with a blood-alcohol level of at or greater than .08.

Family Law

As a family law attorney, we help with many different types of law related to you and your family. Practice areas under family law might include divorce, child support, amicable couple agreements, modifications, mediation representation, estate planning, wills and trusts, custody, and much more.

Learn more about our Family Law practice here.

Contested Divorce

While many divorces might be handled utilizing out-of-court agreements, a contested divorce becomes necessary when the parties' relationship has deteriorated to the point where you cannot work together. 

A contested divorce will often include mediation by an independent third party and even motions for discovery to compel the other party to disclose personal assets.

Amicable Couple Agreements

This can be a way of avoiding extensive court hearings, and large personal expenses. A dissolution agreement is a document that contains all of the issues that a couple in the process of getting a divorce has agreed to. After being approved by the court the agreement becomes enforceable, and either of the parties can be held in contempt for not following the terms of the agreement.

Modifications

Situations change, and modification is a way to update your current child support or parenting time schedule based on who you are now.

Mediation Representation

Mediation is a way to both help alleviate the court’s calendar, and give two parties the opportunity to try to come to an agreement regarding the issues they have.

Criminal Defense Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to a few common questions we hear from our clients.

What happens after I am arrested?

If you are arrested, you can expect to be taken to jail where a formal booking process takes place. You may have a photo taken and your fingerprints will be collected.

Am I required to answer police questions after I am arrested?

NO. It is hard to remain silent. Especially if you didn’t do anything wrong. However, it is important to understand that the police are not asking you questions in an effort to help you. Everything you say can be used against you, and often will be. Other than information that identifies who you are, you have the right to remain silent. You should always remain as polite as possible when asserting your rights, but once you have told the police you are asserting your rights you do not have to speak again until you speak to your attorney.

What is an arraignment?

An arraignment, often called an initial hearing, is a hearing where the court tells you what your actual charges are, if there is a bail amount assigned to your case, what your rights are, and when you have your next hearing date.  You can expect the initial hearing to take place within 32 hours of your arrest, but the State can ask for up to three additional days to decide what you are being formally charged with as long as a bond has been set. This request is always granted.

I have no criminal history. Does this help my case?

It certainly helps. When deciding whether to make you a plea agreement offer, the State takes many factors into consideration. Having no criminal history makes the argument that you are not a threat to the community simpler, but it is not a guarantee of an outcome.

How do I decide if I should plead guilty or not guilty?

At your initial hearing, it is normal to enter a plea of not guilty. Don’t panic! You can change your initial not guilty plea to guilty at any time.

Once your attorney has researched your case, and spoken to the State on your behalf, a plea offer is usually made. Most offers ask that in exchange for you admitting the offense, the State will agree to a lesser punishment for you. There is a wide range of possible alternative punishments from probation to house arrest to community service. An attorney will be able to navigate this process for you and help you to decide what is best for the future of you and your family.

Will my prior criminal record hurt my current case?

Having a prior criminal record can affect how the State approaches your case. In some instances, your prior conviction will enhance the maximum punishments that can be levied against you. If you have prior convictions, it is imperative that you consult an experienced criminal law attorney.

Can I challenge my OWI / DUI charge?

Absolutely!  If you are charged with Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) in Indiana, you can face the possibility of a loss of driving privileges, incarceration, and a charge on your criminal record that can change your employment status, ability to hold certain professional licenses, and your standing in the community.

There are many complicated factors to consider in deciding whether to fight an OWI case including (but not limited to) the legitimacy of the initial traffic stop, the results of the blood alcohol testing used by the police, and the science behind those tests.

Do all criminal cases go to trial?

Our office approaches all cases as if they will. While most criminal matters do not go to trial and are settled through a plea agreement, we do not take that for granted. From the moment our office takes a case, we prepare for trial, even if we know that is not going to be the eventual outcome. This approach assures that your case will be given the attention it deserves.
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The Gabriel Berry Promise

When working with our team, you can expect us to:

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Communicate promptly

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Actively seek your input and approval

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Maintain complete confidentiality

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