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  • Prisons and Programmers
    Prisons and Programmers

    Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb recently gave his 2019 Indiana State of the State Address and shared with Hoosiers that the Indiana Department of Correction has begun enrolling offenders in programs to ...

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  • What Is Shock Probation?
    What Is Shock Probation?

    With very limited exceptions, a trial court judge that imposes a sentence sending an individual to prison or to jail has no authority over a defendant after the sentence has been imposed. That is, the ...

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  • Do Police Officers Need a Warrant to Search My Car?
    Do Police Officers Need a Warrant to Search My Car?

    The short answers is likely, no. The Fourth Amendment protects individuals from unreasonable search and seizure, which extends to each state through the Fourteenth Amendment. Krise v. State, 746 ...

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  • Privacy and Smartphones Part 2
    Privacy and Smartphones Part 2

    The Indiana Supreme Court has recently decided to rule on a case concerning smartphones and the right against self-incrimination. The State’s petition to transfer was granted on December 6, 2018. Back ...

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  • Are You a Victim of Police Brutality? One Case Study
    Are You a Victim of Police Brutality? One Case Study

    Like the rest of us, police officers can lose their cool. But what happens when they do? Mr. Miller, a client of Keffer Hirschauer, suffered from abuse by a police officer who lost his cool and used ...

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  • A Present for Thanksgiving
    A Present for Thanksgiving

    Just a few days before thanksgiving, a trial court issued an order vacating Jimmy Small’s conviction and ordering that he be released from prison. Mr. Small was not scheduled to be released from ...

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