What is the typical sentence for a DUI conviction in Indiana? What sentence am I likely to receive on a Possession of Marijuana charge in the state of Indiana? Will I get probation on my second or third criminal conviction? What is the average sentence for a burglary case in Indiana?
These are questions that we at Keiffner Allen – Attorneys at Law are often asked by our clients facing criminal charges. However, the outcome of each criminal case depends upon a variety of factors. For example, in which county you have been charged and your prior criminal history are huge considerations in the resolution, and possible outcomes, of your case.
Additionally, and assuming that the State of Indiana can prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, when and under what version of the Indiana Criminal Code you have been charged under are key elements to the evaluation of your case and likely outcomes. As of July 1, 2014, the Indiana Criminal Code changed drastically. The previous four felony levels were expanded to six levels, while misdemeanor charges were unaffected by the new law. These changes to the Criminal Code remain the most significant revision to the handling of criminal offenses in decades. For example, if you have been charged with a felony alleged to have occurred prior to July 1st of 2014 your charge will be reflected as an A, B, C or D Felony. If you have been charged with a felony offense alleged to have occurred after July 1st of 2014 your charge will be reflected as a certain “Level” of felony. However, the changes in 2014 to the Indiana Criminal Code did not just change how we refer to different felony offenses, but also changed the potential sentencing ranges for those offenses. Specifically, for any crime alleged to have been committed prior to July 1, 2014 the credit time given on an executed sentence will be one day of credit for each day served, with a few exceptions. For crimes alleged to have been committed after July 1 2014, the credit time given will be one day of credit for every seven days served. This change in the law dramatically alters the reality of any executed sentence.
If you have been charged with a crime it's important to hire an attorney that is knowledgeable about the recent changes to the criminal code, and an attorney who has experience under the old criminal code as well. We at Keiffner Allen – Attorneys at Law have both. Call us today to discuss your case and get our experience on your side.