Criminal Defense Attorney in Indianapolis & Indiana: Jeff Cardella

If you have questions about a criminal case in Indianapolis or Indiana, call me at 317-695-7700 for a free consultation. I have been a criminal defense attorney in Indiana for my entire legal career and have well over a decade of experience.  I also teach criminal law at the IU School of Law.

As a criminal attorney, I have represented persons accused of a wide variety of crimes, ranging from murder to minor possession of alcohol.  I have experience in all stages of criminal litigation, including jury trials, bench trials, suppression hearings, post-conviction relief proceedings, appellate law and oral argument, expungement and sealing of records under the Indiana Second Chance law, civil forfeiture, constitutional challenges under 42 USC 1983, hardship licenses and specialized driving permits, probation violations, and plea negotiations.

Over the course of my career, I have handled thousands of cases and been lead counsel in hundreds of trials.

I have represented members of the legal community, including an Indianapolis criminal defense attorney and two Marion County Sheriff’s deputies. As members of the legal community, these individuals spend a great deal of time in Court and have first hand experience with many different criminal lawyers.  These individuals, who had familiarity with many different Indianapolis criminal attorneys, were aware of the high quality of legal representation that I provide and trusted me to serve as their criminal defense lawyer.

challenged the Indiana vehicle forfeiture law in a Federal class action lawsuit, under the Due Process Clause of the US Constitution, and was successful in having the forfeiture statute declared unconstitutional, resulting in a Federal injunction prohibiting enforcement of the law.  I also co-authored the the United States Supreme Court Indiana Criminal Defense Lawyer’s amicus curiae brief for the case of Timbs v. State of Indiana, involving a successful constitutional challenge under the Excessive Fines clause of the US Constitution.  Also, 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 the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys has recognized me as one of the top 10 criminal defense attorneys in the State of Indiana under the age of forty. You can find additional information about my career as an Indiana criminal defense attorney and cases that I have handled on my In the News page.

As a criminal defense attorney, I take a client centered approach to each case.  When you call my office, you will speak with me directly.  Absent an emergency, all client communication is replied to within 24 hours, including weekends.  Additionally, absent an emergency, I will be the attorney with you for every court appearance.  Some criminal defense law firms take an assembly line approach to handling criminal cases, where a client is passed around by receptionists, paralegals, and different attorneys at each court appearance.  As a criminal attorney, I believe that this assembly line approach allows important information to fall through the cracks and that this business tactic is not in the client’s best interest.  I treat each client the way I would want to be treated if I were in their shoes, interacting with and representing them directly. I realize that every one of my client’s is a unique person with specific goals, and not merely a file.

As a criminal defense attorney, I believe it is my job to help you get through a case as painlessly as possible – without passing judgment.  I am aware that as humans, even the best of us occasionally make mistakes.  I believe that anyone in our legal system who is accused of wrongdoing deserves to have a criminal defense attorney fighting for their best interests in court and protecting their Constitutional rights.

If you have questions about a criminal matter in Indiana, and want to speak to an Indiana criminal defense lawyer, call me for a free consultation at 317-695-7700.  I have practiced criminal defense my entire career, teach criminal law at the IU School of Law, and have personally handled thousands of cases. I provide affordable criminal defense representation in the entire State of Indiana, including Indianapolis, Marion County, Hamilton County, Hendricks County, Boone County, Monroe County, Bloomington, Noblesville, Carmel, Fishers, Danville, and Plainfield.

I look forward to hearing from you.

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Criminal Defense Attorney in Indianapolis & Indiana: Jeff Cardella

Misdemeanor Criminal Defense Attorney for Indianapolis & Indiana

Level 6 Felony Criminal Defense Attorney for Indianapolis & Indiana

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Federal Criminal Defense Attorney for Indianapolis & Indiana

Criminal Defense Attorney for Indianapolis & Indiana – Miscellaneous Information

Misdemeanor Criminal Defense Attorney for Indianapolis & Indiana

There are 3 levels of misdemeanor cases in Indiana which are A misdemeanor, B misdemeanor, and C misdemeanor. A misdemeanor is the most serious while C misdemeanor is the least serious. A misdemeanor cases carry a minimum sentence of zero days and a maximum sentence of 365 days. B misdemeanor cases
carry a minimum sentence of zero days and a maximum sentence of 180 days. C misdemeanor cases carry a minimum sentence of zero days and a maximum sentence of 60 days. Misdemeanor cases carry lesser penalties than felony cases, but the conviction itself can still make it more difficult to obtain employment, so it is important not to brush off a misdemeanor criminal charge. If you are being charged with a misdemeanor and want to speak to a criminal defense attorney who handles cases in Indianapolis and Indiana, call me for a free consultation at 317-695-7700.

Level 6 Felony Criminal Defense Attorney for Indianapolis & Indiana

A level 6 felony carries a potential penalty range of ½ a year to 2.5 years with 1 year being the presumptive sentence. While a level 6 felony is a low level felony, being a convicted felon can carry serious penalties beyond the sentence, including the loss of legal rights such as the right to possess a firearm. Being a convicted felon can also ake it more difficult to obtain employment. Some (but not all) level 6 felony cases are eligible for alternate misdemeanor sentencing, which is often called AMS for short. AMS allows what would otherwise be a low level felony to be converted to a misdemeanor. AMS is most often addressed at the time of sentencing. However, if AMS is not brought up at the time of sentencing, AMS can still be requested at a later point in time. AMS generally can be ordered (1) at the front – meaning that on the day of sentencing, the conviction will go on the defendant’s record as a misdemeanor, or (2) at the back – meaning that the conviction will begin as a felony but can change if the defendant successfully completes the sentence. It is important to remember that when AMS is ordered at the back, if there are violations of probation, it is likely that the conviction will stay a felony. If you are being charged with a level 6 felony and want to speak to a criminal defense attorney who handles cases in Indianapolis and Indiana, call me for a free consultation at 317-695-7700.

Major Felony Criminal Defense Attorney for Indianapolis & Indiana

Felony cases that are level 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 are considered major felony cases. Murder cases are the most serious major felony charge. A level 5 felony carries a potential penalty range of 1 year to 6 years with 3 years being the presumptive sentence. A level 4 carries a potential penalty range of 2 years to 12 years with 6 years being the presumptive sentence. A level 3 felony carries a potential penalty range of 3 years to 16 years with 9 years being the presumptive sentence. A level 2 felony carries a potential penalty range of 10 years to 30 years with 17.5 years being the presumptive sentence. A level 1 felony carries a potential penalty range of 20  years to 40 years with 30 years being the presumptive sentence. A murder case carries a potential penalty range of 45 years to 65 years with 55 years being the presumptive sentence. If you are being charged with a major felony and want to speak to a criminal defense attorney who handles cases in Indianapolis and Indiana, call me for a free consultation at 317-695-7700.

Federal Criminal Defense Attorney for Indianapolis & Indiana

Federal cases generally carry far harsher penalties as compared with State cases. It is not rare that a charge that would result in probation in State Court could result in over a decade of prison in Federal Court. If you are being charge with a Federal case it is important to take the case very seriously as many federal cases result in significant prison time. It is also important to be mindful that Federal cases are far more time consuming for the attorney and legal representation can be very expensive. If you are being charged with a Federal crime in the Northern or Southern District of Indiana and want to speak to a criminal defense attorney who handles Federal cases, call me for a free consultation at 317-695-7700.

Criminal Defense Attorney for Indianapolis & Indiana – Miscellaneous Information

For questions about specific areas of Indiana criminal law, click here. If you are in need of an Indiana expungement attorney, Indiana criminal defense attorney, or forfeiture attorney, please call me for a free consultation at 317-695-7700, including questions about hiring an Indiana Criminal Defense Attorney, hiring an Indiana Expungement Attorney, hiring an Indiana Forfeiture Attorney, hiring an Indiana Civil Rights and Constitutional, affirmative defenses, affordable criminal lawyers in Indianapolis, aggravated battery, alternate misdemeanor sentencing, arrest warrants, assisting suicide, the basics of search and seizure, battery, bond and pretrial release, burglary, causing suicide, chain of custody, check deception, check fraud, civil rights and constitutional violations, client reviews, compensation for wrongful incarceration, concurrent and consecutive sentencing, convictions by circumstantial evidence, constitutional violations, counterfeiting, credit time, credit time 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on a handgun, possession of paraphernalia, possession of a narcotic drug, prostitution, public indecency, public intoxication, public nudity, reckless homicide, refusal suspensions, residential entry, resisting law enforcement, restitution for wrongful incarceration, restoration of the right to possess a firearm, robbery, sentencing aggravators and mitigators, sexual battery, solicitation of a prostitute, specialized driving privileges, suppression law, suspended sentences, theft, vehicle searches, visiting a common nuisance, voluntary manslaughter, welfare fraud, where we practice, Allen County Courts, Adams County Courts, Bartholomew County Courts, Benton County Courts, Blackford County Courts, Boone County Courts, Brown County Courts, Crawford County Courts, Carroll County Courts, Cass County Courts, Clark County Courts, Clay County Courts, Clinton County Courts, Daviess County Courts, Dearborn County Courts, Decatur County Courts, DeKalb County Courts, Delaware County Courts, 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I have personally defended thousands of cases, teach criminal law at the IU School of Law, am a top rated attorney, and have practiced criminal defense my entire career. Additional information about my office is available on the home page and the in the news page.

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