I began my legal career as a criminal defense attorney, 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 IU 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. I have represented a fellow criminal defense attorney and two former Marion County Sherriff’s deputy 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, Expungement Lawyer, Forfeiture Attorney, or 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 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 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.
★★★★★ 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 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!
★★★★★ I was very fortunate to have had one of my family members being represented by Mr. Cardella. As soon as I made the phone call, he took the case right away, represented the case, took charge and guided us step by step, not waisting one minute. He responded to calls or emails very fast, in a very professional and knowledgable manner. I had full trust in him from the realizing that he had great expertise as a defense attorney. All along he was also supportive and no question was left unanswered. Due to his prompt interventions and guidance the court has not pursued the case. I"ll be forever grateful and I would not hesitate to highly recommend him to friends or family in need of legal services.
★★★★★ 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.
★★★★★ 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.
★★★★★ 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 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.
★★★★★ 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.
★★★★★ 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 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.
★★★★★ 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.
★★★★★ 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!
★★★★★ 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. 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.
★★★★★ 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!
★★★★★ 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.
★★★★★ 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!
★★★★★ 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.
★★★★★ 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.
★★★★★ 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 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.
★★★★★ 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!
★★★★★ Friendly, explains things clearly, plus very quick to help and respond. I was impressed with his service and would use again.
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.
★★★★★ If you are in Indiana, I highly recommend Jeff as an expungement attorney. He provides excellent service and is extremely professional.
★★★★★ 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
★★★★★ Best experience I've had with an attorney.