I began my legal career as a criminal defense attorney in Indianapolis, fighting to protect the Constitutional rights of my clients against the government. I have experience in every stage of the criminal justice process, including jury trials, court trials, suppression hearings, post-conviction relief, forfeiture proceedings, 1983 civil rights actions, appeals, oral argument, probation revocation hearings, expungement, sealing of records, hardship license petitions, specialized driving privileges petitions, and plea negotiations.
I teach criminal law at the Indiana University School of Law. My office has been recognized as one of the ten best law firms in the State of Indiana by the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys and I have been recognized as one of the top ten criminal defense attorneys in the State of Indiana under the age of forty by the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys. I have served as a Judge pro tem in Indianapolis. I have represented a fellow criminal defense attorney, an Indianapolis Metro Police Officer, and two former Marion County Sheriff's deputies after they were arrested and accused of illegal activity. I filed the Federal Class Action lawsuit of Washington v. Marion County Prosecutor, in which Indiana’s vehicle forfeiture statute was held to be unconstitutional , under the Due Process clause of the US Constitution. I also co-authored the amicus brief for the United States Supreme Court case of Timbs v. State of Indiana, in which the United States Supreme Court held that Indiana’s attempts at forfeiture were unconstitutional under the Excessive Fines clause of the US Constitution.
It is my goal to provide excellent legal representation at affordable prices. I realize each of my clients is a real person, not just a file. I understand that even the best people can occasionally make mistakes, and I believe every person charged with a crime deserves to have an attorney fighting for them in court and protecting their Constitutional rights. Additional information about our services and practice areas is available here. If you have any questions about your case, and wish to speak with an Indianapolis Criminal Defense Attorney, Indiana Expungement Attorney, Indiana Forfeiture Lawyer, or Indiana Civil Rights Lawyer, please do not hesitate to contact me.
★★★★★ Mr cardella, was by far the best attorney, I've ever had, or dealt with my entire life.the communication is 2nd to none. I've had many attorneys thru my life for various needs and this was by far the easiest process I've had. These days most attorneys you have to call several times and when u reach or see them they seem to not pay attention to you or what you want, Jeff is not like the rest. Definitely hire Jeff cardella!!!
★★★★★ I don't even know what to say. Literally feels like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders and I can finally start my journey of becoming a new free man! I seriously couldn't have done it without the help of Mr. Cardella. Professional, professional, professional. Incredibly friendly, knows what he's doing and will help you to the best of his abilities, and extremely quick to respond. I don't think I'll ever get in trouble again (especially in Indiana), but if some bad luck comes my way, I know exactly who to call: the Law Office of Jeff Cardella Criminal Defense Attorney & Expungement Lawyer in Indianapolis Indiana Thank you for your help and your time Mr. Cardella! #criminal_law #expungement_lawyer #criminal_attorney #best_on_google
★★★★★ I can't describe how grateful I was to find Mr. Jeff on the internet, on the evening that my charges were filed. I called him at 5:30pm and he immediately accepted my case. He took the time to communicate and overview my challenges for the case in the same evening. Because of his swift investigation and gather of evidence, the courts are not pursuing my charges. Every case is different, but I'm humbly grateful and will retain him as my lawyer forever. Great job sir! Thanks so much for your hard work and speedy results.
★★★★★ Mr.Jeff Cardella has provided outstanding legal services as an expungent attorney. Not only that he helped us with the legal case in a very prompt manner, but he also followed up without our propting or request, one year later to solve the expungemet of the case, which he resolved it as promised. He is a very knowladgeble and responsive defense lawyer and expungemet attorney. I highly recommend him to anyone that needs help.
★★★★★ Jeff Cardella is a very good criminal defense attorney. He's a straight shooter who is honest and diligent. I will never forget the situation that I was going through. I didn't realize it at the time but do now, that a good attorney will listen first and tell you the truth about your situation and how he's going to resolve your situation. One last thing about Jeff Cardella. He is very good communicator, you will be communicated with on a consistent basis. I thank you Jeff for representing me and making me feel like I mattered. I have my life back and I feel blessed that you represented me.
★★★★★ Great expungement atty, I highly recommend Jeff to anyone looking for an experienced atty that takes pride in doing exceptional research into making sure that your expungement is done correctly, I was kinda comprehensive about him at first because I had over 40 offenses that I needed expunged, but he he gave me confidence that he could do it, he always kept me informed, when I called called or texted him even when he was on vacation he always immediately got back in touch with me, he’s treats his clients like he would want to be treated and understands how having a criminal record expunged can change the prospects for a person. Jeff has truly been a blessing for me and my family and his fees r quite reasonable and services r great, I would refer anyone looking for a great expungement atty to contact Jeff first, I bet u won’t be sorry. Thanks Jeff for your excellent atty skills and your great personal abilities to work well with me in my Tyme of a needing great atty.Job well done!
★★★★★ I was thoroughly impressed with the service at Jeff Cardella Law Offices. One of the things that distinguished Mr. Cardella from some of the other law practices that I called was the level of care and customer service that was attached to our conversation. I called expecting to speak to a receptionist and was connected directly to him. Mr. Cardella took a true consultative approach to make sure that my needs was addressed specifically to my situation. I highly recommend giving the Cardella office a call.
★★★★★ Jeff Cardella is a phenomenal expungement attorney! I can't believe how fast he cleaned my criminal record! He was always VERY responsive and very thorough. Jeff was always on top of things and I NEVER had to follow up with him. He always contacted me when he said he would and always had the information needed when requested. He completed my expungement in less than a month from multiple counties. Thanks to him, I now will not be held back by my past criminal record. I appreciate his hard work and due diligence. I have dealt with several attorneys in my life and Jeff Cardella is by far the best attorney and it was a pleasure working with him. If you are thinking of hiring an expungement attorney Jeff Cardella will work for YOU! I have dealt with his competition before for unrelated issues and they were less than satisfactory. Jeff Cardella raises the bar for attorney standards, so much so that he will probably be my "go-to" attorney if I the need should ever arise. Thank you for for everything! I am absolutely ecstatic with the work you have done!
★★★★★ I hired Jeff to handle expungement cases for me in 3 separate counties, and he handled everything very professionally and quickly. He was even responsive to me on weekends. One county scheduled an unnecessary hearing with the intent of objecting on any grounds they could because the prosecutor's office apparently didn't agree with the state's expungement law. Jeff knew this going in, prepped me accordingly, and took preemptive measures in the hearing to confirm I was eligible on all fronts. The prosecutor was left with nothing to object to, and the judge signed the order same-day. A less prepared attorney likely would have had to continue the case, but Jeff got the job done. Jeff is clearly knowledgeable in his areas of practice and made a point to explain everything to me in detail so I knew what to expect every step of the way. I would recommend him to anyone. Also, his prices for his services are very fair as his quote on my cases was lower than 5 out of 6 other attorneys I spoke to about it. Great attorney!
★★★★★ Hiring Jeff Cardella as my criminal expungement attorney was the best move I could have made. Mr. Cardella is very efficient in his work and perhaps most importantly HE CALLS BACK and ANSWERS HIS PHONE. The vast majority of criminal defense attorneys in Indy have a challenge with this in my experience. I was blown away by how responsive Mr. Cardella was over the weekend we worked on data gathering together. I had a fairly complex case going all the way back to the 90s and multiple counties and addresses for cannabis and drinking related charges. Overall the process went exactly as he predicted and took 60 days for my criminal expungement in Indiana with attorney Cardella. I would suggest his services to anyone looking for professional and prompt attention with integrity. Did I mention he also charged half of what three other major firms wanted? Thanks again sir, I owe you one.
★★★★★ I was in a bit of a pickle, and I figured I could use a lawyer to help me through it. Jeff was a little out of my price range, but even though him and I came to that conclusion relatively quickly, he still spent maybe half an hour on the phone with me, looking into my case, telling me how the judge was who would hear it, explaining to me the differences between a court trial and a jury trial, what I was looking at in the best case and in the worst case scenarios, etc. I normally have to talk to like 2 assistants before most lawyers will even pick up the phone to call me. At one point in our conversation, our call dropped, and Jeff called me back. I mean honestly what can I say? He's a great guy. And he obviously knows his stuff. Jeff may charge more than some lawyers, but he doesn't look at his customers like dollars. He genuinely cares. All he had to do was tell me, "I'm sorry, man, I can't help you." But no. He really did his best to set me up for success in the limited time that we had together on the phone. And I'm immensely appreciative of that. He gave me real direction. If he would do this much for me out of the kindness in his heart, I can't even imagine the lengths he would go to if you had him on retainer. If you find yourself in some hot water with the government, Jeff Cardella is your man. I've called a lot of lawyers, and none of them gave me the impression that they would do a better job or try harder to make the best of your situation.
★★★★★ I never have never met Mr. Cardella yet, and hoping to do so after everything is complete, or my next visit to see family in Indiana. I contacted The Law Office of Jeff Cardella a few months ago about getting my Criminal Record Expunged for a few reasons: "Freedom" that I haven't had for several years, being able to travel outside the States for my Employer (or visitation), better employment opportunities and hopefully getting my gun rights restored for hunting and hobby. "It's been years since I've been Deer and Pheasant hunting." Mr. Cardella is a caring Person, straight to the point and didn't waste any time getting the job done. It took longer for UPS to deliver my documents! There may be a few steps left to finalize once I complete another background check to make sure everything has been processed by the State, but so far, I am very satisfied with the results and I "Highly recommend" Mr. Cardella to anyone looking to get their life back! Thank You for everything Jeff! J - Smythe
Attorney Cardella at The Law Office of Jeff Cardella, LLC is an excellent expungement attorney. I worked with other attorneys previously attempting to resolve my situation and was repeatedly told “It is not possible, the laws in Indiana does not allow this to be expunged.” Upon contacting Mr. Cardella by way of email because I now live out-of-state, he asked a few questions and said, “Yes this should be pretty simple.” He was extremely responsive, very professional and accomplished the expungement very rapidly. He is a great expungement attorney, highly recommended!
★★★★★ Mr. Cardella is one of the best Criminal Defence attorney's in the city of Indianapolis, Indiana. I would trust him with any and every legal matter I ever have. He has provided the best care his profession has to offer with class, assurance, and confidence. Mr. Cardella provides fair, affordable legal counsel and offers a fair assessment of legal matters brought to his attention by his clients while simultaneously maintaining a balance of truthfulness that is rare in his field. Lastly, he personally assisted me by keeping me out of jail, off house arrest, and from paying any extra fees and the like, I would recommend him to anyone needing legal counsel!
★★★★★ I can’t say enough great things about the services that Attorney Jeff Cardella provides. I have to admit when I first spoke with him I thought he might be a little overconfident about his skills. He is hard nose and he doesn’t beat around the bush. He is the real deal! If you are looking for an “Expungement Attorney” and you need restoration of your firearm rights like I did, look no further! He is not like other lawyers, he actually responds when you contact him and he got my case expunged and firearms rights restored in 3 weeks! Definitely worth every penny! Thank you Jeff.
★★★★★ Jeff Rocks Jeff demonstrated a great moral and positive character while working on my nephew's case. He communicated promptly with my family as the case progressed and was easily accessible. We appreciated his honesty regarding the different scenarios and possible outcomes of the case. We were honor to have him as our attorney. Please do not hesitate to retain him, he will work diligently on your family behalf. We respected the fact he does a lot of the leg work himself.
★★★★★ Mr. Cardella, from the start, proved to be a great choice for a criminal defense attorney in my case! Mr. Cardella was always professional, personal, and readily available to answer any questions I may have had. He was always prompt with responses, as well as, working with the Prosecutor in Hendricks County to ensure the best deal possible was made for my case. I would, without hesitation, highly recommend Mr. Jeff Cardella for anyone who may be facing legal issues and is a great criminal attorney.
★★★★★ If you need an expungement attorney hire Jeff and don't look back! He managed to make this extremely intimidating process simple and stress-free, and always exhibited a high level of professionalism and communication. He took the time to explain each step of the process in a way that was easy to understand, and provided a realistic timeframe for everything to be done. I promise all of these 5-star reviews are very deserved - I highly recommend Jeff to anyone in a similar situation.
★★★★★ Jeff was my first attorney I ever needed (sadly hasn’t been the last), and he has been by far the best. No one has ever compared to him. He is very professional, quick to get in touch, answer the phone, and worked very hard to do his research on my case to get me a great plea. I highly recommend him and his office.
Mr. Jeff Cardella was there instantly to answer my questions and give me advice. He is a hard working Expungement and Criminal Defense Attorney who knows what he is doing and will explain to you the steps you will need to take! After speaking with him over the phone and going over the steps for expungements, I decided to pay him to help me and within just a few weeks later my prayers were answered!! Thank you Mr Cardella again, thank you for going over everything and being there for me and my little family and guiding us on the right path to get things done. I wish I would have found him sooner.
★★★★★ I hired Mr. Cardella to help me expunge my record and restore my firearms rights and he came through for me without issue. The entire process took maybe a month. He was very helpful and friendly the entire time, and very responsive to messages. He answered any questions I had and helped ease my mind about court. I couldn't recommend a better expungement attorney.
★★★★★ Jeff Cardella is the best criminal defense attorney in the Indianapolis area. He is very diligent and competent in what he does. Cardella provides excellent service. He is professional, kind, and wants nothing but the best outcome for his clients. He has an answer to all of your questions and makes sure you understand everything. I recommend him to any and everyone who is in need of a criminal lawyer.
★★★★★ I am so blessed to have had Jeff Cardella in my corner first as my criminal lawyer and expungement lawyer. I was so afraid and worried of what my outcome might be, but he and his team kept me calm and informed. I can’t be more thankful to Mr. Cardella after my case was DROPPED! I appreciate all the hard and tedious work that went in to my case and definitely will be recommending his team to anyone in need. If you are in need of a professional criminal lawyer or expungement lawyer, Jeff Cardella is the best for the job.
★★★★★ If you want a stress free experience with a attorney who knows what he is doing Jeff Cardella is the man for you. He made my experience going through my expungement easy and worry free. He was constantly keeping me informed step by step throughout the process which was great. Didn't have to email him even once to wonder what was going on. I highly recommend him!!
★★★★★ If you need a criminal defense attorney in Hamilton County I would suggest Jeff car delliac.He is an excellent criminal defense attorney he responded to every telephone call text and email I sent him almost immediately never had a lawyer do that before. I would definitely recommend him fot criminal defense! I was very well satisfied with the Judgment he got me.
★★★★★ Jeff Cardella helped my fiance expunge his record. He was thorough and professional throughout the whole process. His website is extremely informative of his requirements and policies. He worked quickly and kept in touch with my fiance through the process. I am so happy with the results of their combined efforts. Thank you for your services Mr. Cardella. You are a wonderful expungement attorney that I highly recommend.
★★★★★ I recently used the Law Office of Jeff Cardella for an expungement case in Monroe County. If you need an expungement attorney in the state of Indiana don’t go anywhere else. Jeff is quick to respond, efficient, knowledgeable and most of all he gets the job done. If you think you might qualify for expungement call him. I didn’t think it was possible for my situation but within two weeks it was done! Thank you Jeff!
★★★★★ I hired mr cardella because I heard good things about him and was told he was a real good attorney. I found out for myself that he truly is a very good attorney. He worked on my criminal case and hopefully I won't have anymore criminal cases, but if I do I will be hiring this guy.
★★★★★ I had the pleasure of working with Mr Cardella just recently. He did an excellent job of handling my case and making sure I was kept up to date concerning all aspects throughout. I am not a resident of Indiana and actually live in Cincinnati. Mr Cardella did a fantastic job making sure to handle everything without worry and not needing my presence at any point. Thank you so much for all your help.
★★★★★ Jeff Cardella, LLC provided excellent, professional services as my criminal defense attorney in Indiana. Despite all daunting uncertainties as someone who had never needed legal services, much less criminal legal services before, he helped me feel informed and prepared every step of the way ensuring best possible outcome.
★★★★★ Jeff was recommended to us and has proven to be a very good expungement attorney. He communicated with us throughout the process and it was handled as quickly as possible. Really loved his detailed suggestions and recommendations.
★★★★★ I hired Mr. Jeff Cardella for expungement of my record on file. Mr. Cardella was very prompt, very informative and very professional. He explained everything I needed to know about the process of expungement with clarity. I would recommend Mr. Cardella to anyone who needs legal help.Top Notch and Professional. Keep up the great work!!
★★★★★ Working with Mr. Cardella was a pleasant experience. He is an outstanding expungement attorney and I would highly recommend him if you’re looking to help clean your record. He was very helpful and the communication was excellent throughout the whole process. Highly recommend!
★★★★★ I found Jeff to be an excellent attorney. He is very reasonable and level headed, empathetic but not a pushover. He always answered our questions directly. Hiring him was a great decision. Highly recommend and would use his services again.
★★★★★ I called Mr. Cardella when I need to have something expunged. He was very upfront and responsible, when he started on my process, it was very fast and easy. It only took a few weeks but the process was very fast and the cost was very affordable. Very happy with my choice of picking this law office.
★★★★★ Jeff was a very good attorney for me and for the fee and the trouble I was in and my criminal history was bad his fee was more than fare and he kept me out of jail! I would recommend Jeff Cardella to everyone he is awesome!
★★★★★ Jeff Cardella should be the first criminal defense attorney you contact to help you with your case. He is thorough, always available to answer your questions, and will explain all details and options to you. I’m extremely pleased with his help with my case.
★★★★★ Mr. Cardella was very professional, timely, responsive & extremely knowledgeable. Top notch expungement attorney. He’s passionate about his field and his experience & success reflects this. Overall a great criminal lawyer. I can’t thank him enough.
★★★★★ Jeff Cardella is an excellent criminal defense lawyer! Mr. Cardella offers a great attorney service and also deals with expungement. Jeff especially has a solid rapport with the Marion County Indiana courts. I highly recommend him! Very expedient.
★★★★★ Mr. Cardella was EXCELLENT with his professional and honest attitude and approach with my case in Hendricks county. I am so grateful for Mr. Cardella getting my case dismissed so I can move forward with life.
Thank you for your professionalism and making everything happen. I’m thankful for you as an expungement attorney as you were able to clear my record at a very reasonable price. I was highly recommended to anyone looking for an expungement lawyer.
★★★★★ I would highly recommend Mr. Cardella for your expungement needs. Courteous, timely, and informative. If you are looking for an expungement attorney, no doubt that Mr. Jeff Cardella is who you are looking for!
★★★★★ I would highly recommend Jeff Cardella as an expungement lawyer. He helped me clean up my record that consisted of cases in multiple counties over several years. He was responsive to all my questions and concerns. He was comparably priced.
★★★★★ Jeff is extremely kind and easy to work with. Excellent at explaining how things work, answering questions, and helping through the expungement process. Would highly recommend!
★★★★★ 5 star service!! Walked me all the way through exspungment process.... even though I live out of state was able to correspond quickly via text,email and calls !! Would highly recommend Jeff Cardella for all your lawyer needs !!!
★★★★★ I needed an expungement attorney and he came highly recommended. He was efficient, very communicable, and transparent about the process and I’d use him again if given the opportunity
★★★★★ Jeff is an amazing criminal defense attorney. I went in thinking the worst and came out with no charges. Great service and kept me up to date on everything going on. Very responsive to all my inquiries. If you need a great defense lawyers CALL HIM. Do not wait.
★★★★★ Jeff is an awesome attorney! I was kept well informed at all times! I would recommend him to family and friends! Extremely knowledgeable and very caring! Will fight for your right's!
★★★★★ Attorney Cardella is simply Excellent with his practice, professionalism, as well as expertise. I thank him most sincerely for All that he accomplished for my family.
★★★★★ Mr. Cardell did something I never thought possible. He gave me my life back. I am so grateful everything happened quick and I can now move on with my life. I would recommend him a million times over ..Thanks again sir.
★★★★★ My experience with Mr. Jeff Cardella was a positive experience since our first consult. He was reassuring and very reliable. I would recommend his services to everyone!
★★★★★ Mr. Cardella is a great criminal attorney! Used his services for not only the criminal case but the expungement as well. Nothing but excellent service through the whole process!
★★★★★ Law office Jeff Cardella - Expungement Attorney- has been very helpful, responsive and professional in his handling of our request. Even out of state he made the process very smooth and quick! Thanks for all the help!
★★★★★ Friendly, explains things clearly, plus very quick to help and respond. I was impressed with his service and would use again.
★★★★★ I hired Jeff to handle my expungement and I'm glad I did! He professionally and quickly handled my case with ease. I highly recommend him as an expungement lawyer or a criminal attorney.
★★★★★ Jeff is an excellent criminal lawyer. He took care of my expungement case with care. Everything was done so fast without any issues. I can definitely recommend him to anyone.
★★★★★ Great criminal justice attorney help me through my domestic case and gave me great advice I would reccomend to anyone thank you Jeff for your service.
★★★★★ Great experience, helped me beat an undeserved ticket and allowed me to focus my time on my studies instead of dealing with it all myself. Would recommend to anyone.
★★★★★ Jeff is the best criminal defense attorney in Indiana! He quickly got my case dismissed 3 days after the court posted the case. A1 service would definitely use him again if needed
★★★★★ Fantastic lawyer. Does what he promises to do. Would highly recommend you try him if you ever get into a situation. You will not be disappointed.
★★★★★ Mr Cardella has got to be the best Criminal Lawyer around. I was very nervous about my case, but thanks to Jeff I was found Not Guilty of all charges. I'm very glad we called him.
I hired him on my criminal case and he did very good and was a lot better than any attorney I have worked with in the past. He really cares about your case and not just getting a plea signed.
Look no further. Jeff is the attorney you want to hire. I have never worked with a more efficient, put together, informative, and timely. He goes above and beyond to handle your needs.
★★★★★ If you are in Indiana, I highly recommend Jeff as an expungement attorney. He provides excellent service and is extremely professional.
★★★★★ Mr. Cardella is a very patient, polite and understanding attorney. He explained my expungement process clearly and answered all the questions that I had.
Jeff has been a great expungement attorney. He answered all of my questions he got back with me very quickly every time. I highly recommend him.
★★★★★ A quick Google search of Criminal Record Expungement led me to Mr Cardella. He is quick, responsive and proficient in his profession.
★★★★★ Mr. Jeff Cardella promptly and efficiently resolved my forfeiture case in the state of Indiana. He is reliable and trustworthy.
★★★★★ Jeff Cardella is as awesome attorney he really did me a solid. Definitely pick him he puts in work and knows his stuff.
★★★★★ Expungement attorney assistance, very professional and reasonable, highly recommended.
★★★★★ Working with Jeff was a pleasure! He is very easy to work with and he kept us up-to-date with all progress.
★★★★★ I was pleased with the work he did on my case and the hard work he put in on my case
★★★★★ Excellent criminal Defense attorney
★★★★★ Very satisfied. I would recommend him to anyone needing his services.
★★★★★ Did a great job and was very easy to communicate with!
★★★★★ Jeff Cardella was a great!!! Thank you
★★★★★ Best experience I've had with an attorney.