First Time Criminal Offenses
Advocacy from Our Dedicated Indianapolis Criminal Defense Attorneys
Have you been charged with your first criminal offense? It is not uncommon
for otherwise law-abiding citizens to be charged for their first crime
due to a momentary lapse in judgement. While facing a first criminal charge
can be intimidating for these accused, it is possible for skilled counsel
to have their lack of criminal history asserted and make the court recognize
other relevant factors in their life that call for added considerations.
Keffer Barnhart LLP, our trusted and skilled Indianapolis attorneys realize that not every
case is about proving innocence but can be about, rather, the challenges,
integrity, and remorse of the accused. In these cases, it is necessary
to petition to the court on the client's behalf and ensure that they
are given every consideration they deserve under our criminal justice system.
Maximum penalties can be avoided.
Contact us today to start exploring your defense options.
In some misdemeanor and low-level felony cases, the accused may be eligible
for pre-trial diversion or conditional discharge programs. These programs
allow the accused to plead guilty to a crime, but avoid significant penalties
(including jail) by completing a state-run education program.
Your case could even be dismissed. These programs are usually associated with alcohol and controlled substance-related
offenses and recognize the fact that addiction and lack of awareness may
have played a factor in the accused's perpetration of the offense.
But other low-level offenses may also quality.
Offenses that may make the accused eligible for diversion program include:
- Public intoxication
- Possession of marijuana
- Illegal consumption of an alcoholic beverage
- Illegal possession of an alcoholic beverage
- Shoplifting or Petty Theft
- Driving While Suspended
- Criminal Mischief
- Criminal Trespass
Unfortunately, in most counties, DUI cases are not eligible for the pre-trial
diversion program. For more information on these programs and how our
firm can help petition for your eligibility, contact our proven litigators
at Keffer Barnhart LLP today.
Use our online form to request a
free case evaluation now.
What are special considerations?
In cases where there is a first time offender who is willing to enter a
diversion or plead guilty to his or her offense, the court may be willing
to hear specific arguments against substantial penalties. By pleading
guilty, the accused is saving the court the time and resources needed
for a trial, recognizing their wrongdoing, and demonstrating that they
are willing to submit to a penalty of some kind.
Defense counsel can help assert:
- The accused's lack of criminal history
- The accused's genuine remorse for the crime
- Whether the offense was committed under duress
- The lack of any victims who were physically harmed
- Whether the accused was compelled to participate as an accessory
- Whether there are others (spouses, children, etc.) who are dependent on
These elements, when properly put forth by the defense counsel, can help
secure minimal penalties for the accused. To learn more about these arguments
and how they might influence your case, call our firm at 317.857.0160 today.