At Heifner Law, Inc., we offer aggressive legal representation to spouses and parents dealing with family law matters and defendants seeking a strategy to fight a criminal charge. Both areas of law involve sensitive situations, riddled with complex issues that must be handled with attention to detail. As a long-time resident of Madison County, I personally work with each client, tailoring my services to meet their needs and recognizing that each case is unique, requiring its own legal strategy. I understand the stress that you may be feeling from being involved in legal proceedings, and I am committed to taking as much time as necessary to explain your legal rights and options so that you can feel more at ease while we work together to achieve a favorable outcome. I represent clients throughout Central Indiana, including in Hamilton, Delaware, Grant, Tipton, and Henry Counties.Divorce
Divorces are major, life-changing events that can have significant long-term impacts. Although the process of finalizing a divorce may be relatively short, it is important that you know which consequences a decision may yield, especially when your children are involved. Having the help of a seasoned and knowledgeable family law attorney in Anderson is vital to ensuring that your best interests are properly represented throughout a divorce.
Indiana is a “no-fault” state when it comes to divorce. This means that neither party needs to show that the other acted wrongly in causing a divorce, but only that a marriage is irretrievably broken. Courts grant no-fault divorces 60 days after a petition is filed. In limited cases, such as when a spouse has been convicted of a felony, divorces are granted on a fault basis. Uncontested divorces are those in which the spouses agree upon all of the major issues involved, including the division of property as well as child support and custody. The process gets more complicated when a former couple is unable to reach an agreement, which means that certain issues are left to a judge to decide.Child Support
Courts in Indiana follow certain guidelines in making child support determinations. State law requires both parents to provide support for their children. The amount of child support is based on each parent’s income, as well as expenses related to a child’s care and the custodial arrangement reached between the parents. Child support arrangements are important to make sure that your children have what they need for the future. In Indiana, modifications to a child support order are only made in limited situations, such as when such a substantial change in circumstances has occurred that a previous order is deemed unreasonable. If you need help in setting up a child support arrangement or modifying an existing support order, Anderson family law attorney K. Aaron Heifner can help guide you through the process.
Custody issues are sometimes the most emotional matters that divorcing couples face as parents try to find an arrangement that allows them to continue to have a strong relationship with their children and also keep their lives as normal as possible. As a parent myself, I know the importance of addressing these delicate matters, and at Heifner Law, we strive to make sure that your parental rights are protected.
Indiana decides child custody by determining what is in the best interest of a child. ‘Physical’ custody and ‘legal’ custody are two separate concepts to consider. Physical custody refers to where a child will physically live, while legal custody pertains to which parent has the decision-making power regarding choices like those related to a child’s education or health care. Some of the factors that go into custody considerations include a child’s gender and age, the parents’ and child’s wishes, the parents’ and child’s mental and physical health, and any history of abuse or neglect. A family law lawyer in Anderson can advise you on how these factors may apply to your situation.Criminal Defense
Facing criminal charges can put your freedom and many aspects of your future life at risk. Having an aggressive criminal defense attorney on your side can make a significant difference in the outcome of your case. I represent individuals facing drunk driving charges, as well as drug offenses, domestic violence, theft crimes, and other offenses. Being charged with a crime does not automatically mean a conviction, especially when you have a skilled advocate looking out for your interests.DUI
If you have been arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs, there may be options available to minimize the long-term consequences that you face. In Indiana, people who fail either a breathalyzer or another chemical test by displaying a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08% or higher are subject to an administrative license suspension, even if they are not convicted. License suspensions can range from 90 days to 10 years, depending on whether or not a DUI was your first such offense. In some cases, temporary driver’s licenses are available for people who have been charged with a DUI and face a suspension. Alternatives, such as the installation of an ignition interlock device on your vehicle, can make a key difference in ensuring that you are able to get to work and go about your daily activities following a DUI arrest or conviction. At Heifner Law, we can carefully examine all of the aspects of your criminal case to present a comprehensive defense under the circumstances.Drug Crimes
Drug arrests are common throughout Indiana, ranging from misdemeanor possession to more serious felony charges. In some instances, your constitutional rights may have been violated or due process denied. Choosing a skilled drug crime attorney who will carefully scrutinize which procedures were followed during and after your arrest, as well as the evidence that is being used against you, is vital to protecting your legal rights throughout the proceedings.Domestic Violence
When couples have a serious conflict, it can be hard to take a step back to rationally approach a situation. Additionally, when both parties in a relationship are involved in a fight, domestic violence allegations can go both ways. If you have been arrested on domestic violence charges, you may worry about whether the judge will listen to your side of the story. However, as an experienced criminal attorney, I am committed to making sure that your voice is heard and will fight any false allegations against you to ensure that justice is served.Assault and Battery
Many confrontations can escalate quickly, leading to potentially serious consequences for people who were only indirectly involved or simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. In Indiana, assault and battery crimes range from intimidation, threats, and criminal recklessness to misdemeanor or felony battery. These crimes also carry penalties of considerable imprisonment or hefty fines, which may have a lasting effect on your ability to get or retain a job.Theft Crimes
Although Indiana does not distinguish between “petty theft” and “grand theft,” as many other states do, the value of the property involved as well as the type of property can affect the charge that you face and any potential penalties upon conviction. Common theft crimes include shoplifting, felony theft, receiving stolen property, auto theft, and conversion. If you have been charged with any of these crimes, the most severe punishment can include fines of up to $100,000 or lengthy imprisonment.Sex Crimes
There are various types of sex crimes in Indiana, each with their own severe penalties. If you have been charged with rape, sexual battery, child molestation, or child exploitation, you can face significant jail time, as well as a lifetime registered as a sex offender. My goal in representing people facing these serious consequences is to get the charges dropped or reduced so that we can minimize the future impact that a conviction has on your life.Sentence Modifications and Expungements
I can help modify an improper sentence or seek expungement of a criminal record on your behalf. Under Indiana law, certain arrests and convictions can be expunged so that they do not need to be noted on employment applications or other important documents. For criminal records pertaining to an arrest that was never formally charged, expungement may be granted once you can show that you did not commit the crime. Expungement is also available after certain periods of time have passed for misdemeanors and many felonies.Contact an Assertive Criminal and Family Law Attorney in the Anderson Area
As the founding attorney of Heifner Law, Inc., I strive to create an environment for my clients that relieves some of the stress associated with facing a legal battle. Through personal attention and zealous advocacy, I am dedicated to reaching quality resolutions that are in line with your needs. As an Anderson family law lawyer, I offer legal representation from the initiation of the divorce process until the conclusion of any necessary proceedings. I also represent people in Madison, Hamilton, Delaware, Grant, Tipton, and Henry Counties who need a tenacious fighter against the prosecution. I am available to answer any legal questions or concerns that you may have regarding your family or criminal issues. You can contact me today at 765-635-8072 or online to find out more about Heifner Law’s services.