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Know Your Rights: Change to Indiana Law Expands Definition of Burglary

The Indiana legislature recently changed its burglary law to broaden the scope of the rule. The law, which became effective on July 1, 2014, states that “a person who breaks and enters the building or structure of another person, with intent to commit a felony or theft in it, commits burglary.” With the addition of the...

The Role of Plea Bargaining in the Criminal Justice System

Once a defendant is charged with a crime, some people think a long and dramatic trial will follow, much like those portrayed on crime television dramas. A highly reputable criminal defense attorney will go up against a prosecutor, and both will deliver Emmy-worthy court performances, complete with the admissibility of newly discovered evidence that will...

Picking Up the Pieces of Your Life Post-Bankruptcy

Filing for bankruptcy is a traumatic experience that can leave many people with little hope for their future. Yet once all of the necessary paperwork is filed, victims of bankruptcy can actually breathe a sigh of relief. The initial shock of partaking in the bankruptcy process can be harrowing, mainly due to the constant reminder of...

Celebrity Divorces

In our day and age, divorce has become prevalent – and when celebrities are involved it becomes instant news. It is no surprise that once a person is deemed as a celebrity that they are revered as a public figure, and almost all of their actions become public knowledge. Whether it is from the army...

Underage Drinking and Driving

With summer coming to a close in the Midwest, school-bound children in Indiana are desperately trying to take advantage of their last few weeks of summer vacation. Whether kids are home from college or just enjoying a summer off from high school, barbecues, bonfires and backyard parties will be prevalent in the next few weeks....

Fathers Face Challenges when Seeking Custody

We live in a world where women are gaining equality in wages, jobs and overall success. It’s hard to imagine that there was a time where women didn’t have the right to vote, leave alone hold a job in a male oriented career. Women used to be expected to stay at home and take of...

Spousal Maintenance in Indiana

Before officially filing for divorce, there are a multitude of factors a spouse should consider. Ending a marriage with a person whom you have loved dearly for at least some point in your life is not easy. Even if both of you agree that it is time to part ways and move on with your...

The Importance of Adequate Parenting Time

When a couple makes the decision to divorce, it can result in a tumultuous experience laden with multiple ups and downs. However, when the couple has children it can be even harder on the family. One of the biggest reasons why couples postpone moving forward with a divorce is because they fear it will have...

Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Basics

Bankruptcy can be an overwhelming and traumatic process, resulting in significant heartache. However, it can also give you the fresh start you need while eliminating your financial burdens. A Chapter 7 bankruptcy is commonly referred to as “liquidation” where some of your assets are sold to pay creditors. Some assets may be exempt to creditors...

Standardized Field Sobriety Tests for OWIs in Indiana

You may have seen it on TV or have been unlucky enough to experience what happens when a person gets pulled over and is suspected of drinking and driving. In Indiana, the charge for driving under the influence is called “Operating a vehicle while intoxicated” (OWI). A police officer usually administers a series of tests...