Anderson Criminal Law Lawyer
You are presumed innocent until proven guilty. If you or a loved one has been arrested, you need to hire an aggressive attorney that will fight for your rights and most importantly your freedom. K. Aaron Heifner tirelessly fights for his clients and is ready to fight for you. No matter the circumstances, every person deserves the most robust defense possible. An arrest or outstanding warrant can drastically change your life. When your freedom is on the line, you need an attorney you can count on to stand by your side at every stage of your case. Aaron represents clients throughout central Indiana and is ready to fight for you.
Aaron specializes in DWI/OWI and driver’s license issues, specialized driving privileges, and drug charges. No matter the charge you are facing, Aaron has your back. Call or text Aaron today, and he will return your call within minutes.Aaron Handles Cases Involving DUI / OWI
Aaron is committed to protecting the rights of individuals charged with driving under the influence (DUI), operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OWI) and other alcohol-related offenses.
Being charged with drunk driving may leave you feeling helpless. If convicted, you can lose your license and face significant fines or even jail time. Fortunately, Aaron will ensure that you understand all of your available options.
The State of Indiana has some of the harshest penalties for driving drunk in the country.
First-Time Offenders: Even for first-time offenders, the consequences of driving drunk in Indiana are potentially life-changing. Under Indiana law, first-time offenders can face up to 2 years of probation, be forced to pay fines over $5,000, and can even face jail sentences of 60 days to 1 year.
Repeat Offenders: For repeat offenders the penalties can be even harsher. Under Indiana law, second or third-time offenders can face up 2.5 years in jail or on probation, be forced to pay fines in excess of $10,000, and may even face a Class D felony charge.
While the maximum penalties for drunk driving in Indiana are harsh, the good news is that Aaron has your back. Aaron will fight to ensure that these penalties are argued down or even dismissed altogether.
When your freedom is on the line, time is not on your side. You need an attorney that understands the complexities of drunk driving charges in Indiana. You need an attorney that will tirelessly fight to protect your rights at every stage of your case. Call or text Aaron today, and he will return your call within minutes.Driver's License Reinstatement
Under Indiana law, you can face harsh consequences for traffic violations. If you have enough traffic violations, points can be added against your license. Having too many points on your license can result in your license being suspended or revoked in the State of Indiana.
A suspension results in your driving privileges being suspended for a period. Once a suspension expires you will be able to get your license back. A revocation, on the other hand, means that your license has been canceled. You may need an attorney to fight for you to ensure that your driving privileges are not permanently taken away.Specialized Driving Privileges
In the State of Indiana, courts have the power to suspend your driver’s license for certain reasons. In fact, state law requires suspension under certain circumstances. With that said, there is a state law that allows “specialized driving privileges” (SDP).
You can request the court for specialized driving privileges to allow you to drive, even while your license is suspended. For example, you can ask the court for specialized driving privileges to be able to drive to work, doctor appointments, or for other unique circumstances.
While SDP is not guaranteed in Indiana, the courts do review SDP requests on a case-by-case basis. This means that you may need an attorney to navigate this complex process to ensure your driving privileges are not completely stripped away. Aaron specializes in securing SDP for his clients and will work hard to secure it for you.How do I Request Specialized Driving Privileges?
How Long do Specialized Driving Privileges Last?
You are eligible for SDP if you held an Indiana operator or public passenger/chauffeur’s license at the time of your initial violation or offense that lead to your license being suspended.
You are not eligible for SDP if you have never held a valid Indiana driver’s license, have a conviction for a driving offense that resulted in a person’s death, or if you have been granted SDP in the past and have more than one conviction as a result of violating SDP conditions.
What are the SDP Requirements?
If the court grants your petition for SDP, your privileges will last for a minimum of 180 days. However, you can petition the court for a longer time period, depending on the circumstances. If your suspension happens to expire during your SDP period, you will be required to obey the SDP requirements until the SDP period expires.
Courts grant SDP on a case-by-case basis, meaning that your SDP requirements may differ, depending on the particular circumstances of your case.
However, common SDP requirements include: restricting vehicle use to a specific location and between certain hours, requiring you to follow all traffic laws, and/or requiring you to use an ignition interlock device that prevents your vehicle from being stated by anyone under the influence of alcohol.What are the Consequences of Violating My SDP Requirements?
If you are found to knowingly or intentionally violate any condition of your SDP, you may face a Class C misdemeanor. If you found to have violated the conditions of your SDP, the court may modify or revoke your SDP and may order the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) to re-suspend your driver’s license.Drug Crimes
In Indiana, you can face serious consequences for the possession, distribution, or manufacture of certain drugs. The Hoosier State is at the forefront of the so-called “war on drugs” — meaning that, in Indiana, drug charges are serious offenses that require a sophisticated defense strategy to successfully navigate. The penalties for drug charges can range from a simple misdemeanor to serious felony charges.
You can be charged for “actual” or “constructive” possession of drugs in Indiana. Constructive possession can be established if drugs are found in your home, assuming the State can prove that you had the requisite intent, capability, and control over the drugs.
Indiana’s Uniform Controlled Substances Act governs most drug distribution crimes in the State of Indiana. Any person who “knowingly or intentionally manufactures; finances the manufacture of; delivers; or finances the delivery of [drugs] ” can be charged with distribution or drug trafficking in the State of Indiana.Some of the Most Common Drug Charges in Indiana Include
Possession of Marijuana: In the State of Indiana, even the simple possession of marijuana can result in serious charges. In fact, possessing less than 30 grams of marijuana can result in a Class A misdemeanor, and possessing more than 30 grams can result in a Class D felony.
Possession of Cocaine or Methamphetamine: Possessing less than 3 grams of cocaine or methamphetamine in the State of Indiana can result in up to three years of imprisonment and fines in excess of $10,000. For more than 3 grams, penalties include anywhere fromtwo to eight years of imprisonment and fines in excess of $10,000.
Drug Trafficking: Distributing less than 1 gram of cocaine, narcotics, or methamphetamine can carry with it 1 to 6 years in prison in Indiana. Distributing 1 to 5 grams of cocaine, narcotics, or methamphetamine can mean 2 to 12 years in prison. Distributing 5 to 10 grams of cocaine, narcotics, or methamphetamine can carry with it 3 to 16 years in prison. Distributing 10 or more grams of cocaine, narcotics, or methamphetamine can carry with it 10 to 30 years in prison.
If you are charged with a drug crime in the State of Indiana, you may be facing serious consequences. You need an attorney that will work tirelessly to ensure that you understand all of your available options. Call or text Aaron today, and he will return your call within minutes.Domestic Violence
If you have domestic violence charges in Indiana, you may be facing serious consequences. If you are charged with domestic violence or other violent crimes in the State of Indiana, you may be facing a misdemeanor or even a felony offense. The penalties can range from misdemeanors punishable by up to 1 year in jail and fines in excess of $5,000 to a Class D felony which may carry a lengthy prison sentence.
In Indiana, even if your spouse or partner chooses not to press charges, the state can and will proceed without the victim. Because of the seriousness of these types of charges, you need an attorney that is intimately familiar with domestic violence crimes under Indiana law. Domestic violence charges — even misdemeanors — can seriously affect your potential employment and education opportunities, and can even result in the loss of your gun rights.
If you are facing domestic violence charges, you need an attorney that will stand by your side through every stage of your case and vigorously defend your rights. Aaron handles domestic violence cases throughout central Indiana and is ready to go to bat for you. Call Aaron today, and he will return your call within minutes.Theft Crimes
The penalties for theft charges in the State of Indiana are tied directly to the value of the property in question. If you are charged with committing theft after July 1, 2014, the penalties can range from:
- For Thefts of Less Than $750: Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to 1 year in jail and a fine of $5,000.
- For Thefts of $750 to $49,000: Level 6 felony punishable by up to 2.5 years in prison and a fine of $10,000.
- For Thefts in Excess of $50,000: Level 6 felony punishable by up to 6 years in prison and a fine of $10,000.
You have rights. If you or a loved one is facing theft charges, the consequences may be life-changing. You need an attorney that will fight for you to ensure that you understand all of your available options. Aaron handles a range of theft crimes and is ready to fight for you. Call Aaron today, and he will return your call within minutes.Expungement
If you have a past arrest, charge, or conviction, you may be eligible to expunge your record.
Don’t let your past dictate your future. Having an arrest, charge, or conviction on your record may make it nearly impossible to find jobs, secure loans, or finish your education. Fortunately, Aaron can help you navigate the complex process of expungement.
Under Indiana’s “Second Chance Law,” individuals are permitted, under certain circumstances, to permanently seal their criminal record. Expungement works by restricting databases from accessing information contained in criminal records. While expunging your record will not “erase” your past charges or convictions, it can provide an incredible opportunity for a fresh start.
Having your record “expunged” will permanently seal your records so that you can finally move forward with your life. Aaron specializes in helping his clients successfully expunge their records. To find out if you are eligible, contact Aaron today and he will return your call within minutes.Sentence Modification
You deserve to have someone stand by your side to fight for your rights, even after you are convicted. There are several circumstances that may justify a sentence modification in the State of Indiana, which, if successful, may result in a substantial reduction in the time you have to serve.
In 2014, Indiana repealed its “One Year Rule,” allowing defendants to request a sentence modification at any stage following their conviction. Through the process of sentence modification, the trial court may be able to reduce your existing sentence by considering factors such as improper evidence, age, or mental illness.
Aaron will fight to have your sentence modified. Sentence modification has the potential to lessen the time you have to serve drastically. Contact Aaron today to see if you or a loved one is eligible for obtaining a sentence modification.Aaron Proudly Represents Clients Throughout Central Indiana
Aaron proudly serves all of central Indiana. No matter where you are, Aaron is just a phone call away.
Aaron is proud to represent hardworking Hoosiers throughout central Indiana:
Call or Text Aaron at 765-635-8072 From 8 AM Until 10 PM EST
Indiana Counties: Madison, Delaware, Henry, Hamilton, Tipton, Blackford, Grant, Howard, Hancock, Jay
Cities: Anderson, Muncie, New Castle, Noblesville, Fishers, Carmel, Tipton, Hartford City, Marion, Kokomo, Greenfield, Portland
I will return your call within minutes and work tirelessly to defend your rights by recommending the best course of action for your case.