Penalties

Indiana Criminal Penalties

Knowing the potential penalties of a criminal offense is vital to forming the proper defense strategy.  As the majority of criminal cases include a sentencing element, the potential penalties for the charged offense(s) and lesser offenses will help evaluate the level of risk an individual is exposed to.

Below is a list of the potential penalties for each classification of criminal offenses in Indiana.  An individual accused of committing a criminal offense is typically advised of these potential penalties at his or her initial hearing.  It is important to note, however, that this list is not exhaustive.  The accused may face other potential penalties such as license suspensions, counseling requirements, probation, community service, habitual offender enhancements, restitution, costs, fees, etc.  It is vital to have a trained and experienced criminal defense lawyer review the charges against you to properly advise you of these potential penalties.  Our dedicated criminal defense lawyer is available now to provide you with a FREE case evaluation and consultation.  Call or text us now at 219-779-9187 to schedule yours.

All Indiana felonies, regardless of classification or severity, subject an individual to a potential fine of up to $10,000.00.  The potential terms of imprisonment for Indiana felony offenses are as follows:

For felony offenses committed after June 31, 2014:

Murder: 45 – 65 years, with an advisory sentence of 55 years.

Level 1 Felony: 20 – 40 years, with an advisory sentence of 30 years.

Level 2 Felony: 10 – 30 years, with an advisory sentence of 17.5 years.

Level 3 Felony: 3 – 16 years, with an advisory sentence of 9 years.

Level 4 Felony: 2 – 12 years, with an advisory sentence of 6 years.

Level 5 Felony: 1 – 6 years, with an advisory sentence of 3 years.

Level 6 Felony: 6 months – 2 years, with an advisory sentence of 1 year.

For felony offenses committed prior to July 1, 2014:

Murder: 45 – 65 years, with an advisory sentence of 55 years.

Class A Felony: 20 – 50 years, with an advisory sentence of 30 years.

Class B Felony: 6 – 20 years, with an advisory sentence of 10 years.

Class C Felony: 2 – 8 years, with an advisory sentence of 4 years.

Class D Felony: 6 months – 3 years, with an advisory sentence of 18 months.

 

The potential penalties for Indiana misdemeanors are as follows:

Class A Misdemeanor: Imprisonment of up to 1 year and a fine of up to $5,000.00.

Class B Misdemeanor: Imprisonment of up to 180 days and a fine of up to $1,000.00.

Class C Misdemeanor: Imprisonment of up to 60 days and a fine of up to $500.00.

These are the potential maximum penalties for each classification of Indiana criminal offense.  Our devoted criminal defense lawyer works hard to minimize the penalties an accused is subjected to.  In many cases, Attorney Roberts is able to ensure that the term of imprisonment is significantly reduced.  In fact, the majority of our clients receive a sentence entirely suspended to probation.

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