If you have been
convicted of a crime or your probation has
been revoked, you generally can appeal. In
your appeal, you can ask the Indiana Court
of Appeals or the Indiana Supreme Court to
do many things. You may ask them to reverse
your conviction due to errors or misconduct
that may have caused your trial to be
unfair. You may ask them to find that there
was not enough evidence to support your
conviction and acquit you. You may ask for a
shorter sentence or even a transfer from
jail or prison to work release, home
detention or probation. Each appeal is
different. Thus, it is important that you
find an attorney who can determine if you
can appeal, and if so, what issues can be
raised and what relief should be requested.
Stacy can review your case to determine these issues for you. Stacy has extensive appellate experience, having completed many appeals. Stacy has also argued many of her cases in front of the Indiana Court of Appeals and the Indiana Supreme Court.
If you have been charged with a crime, you need legal representation. There are three ways the charges can be resolved. You can plead guilty or go to trial or the State can dismiss the accusations against you. You need a lawyer to thoroughly review the State's accusations and evidence to determine whether there is a legal issue that needs to be pursued and may ultimately result in the State dismissing your case. You also need a lawyer to help you determine whether you should plead guilty or proceed to trial. Stacy can help you through this process. If you decide to proceed to trial, Stacy will zealously tell your side of the story and will actively protect your rights.
If you have been convicted of a crime, you may be eligible to pursue post-conviction relief. You may pursue post-conviction relief even if you lost your appeal or pled guilty. If successful, your conviction may be vacated. However, the litigation of a post-conviction relief petition requires a thorough knowledge of Indiana law. Only certain issues can be raised on post-conviction relief. Stacy can help you determine whether you are eligible for post-conviction relief.
Indiana recently passed a law allowing
certain people to seal their criminal
records relating to old misdemeanor or
non-violent Class D felony convictions. If
you meet the requirements of the new law,
the court must seal your records, meaning
that an employer or potential employer
cannot see these records. In fact, if your
records are sealed, you are legally
permitted to state that you have not been
convicted of these crimes.
Indiana also has a law where certain people can request that their arrest records be expunged. This law only applies to arrests, not convictions. If you are interested in sealing or expunging your records, Stacy can help.