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Indiana Sentencing Recommendations
21 June 2021 | Criminal Defense,
The state of Indiana has specific sentencing guidelines in place. The judge uses these guidelines during a trial. They set a range for how long a person should be sentenced.
It details how high your fines could be as well. The judge is under no obligation to follow these guidelines strictly. Convicts could face harsher or less severe penalties based on aggravating or mitigating factors.
Crimes in Indiana are divided into two separate categories: misdemeanors and felonies.
Misdemeanors are the least severe type of crime under Indiana law. There are three different types of misdemeanors, broken up into “classes.”
Class C misdemeanors are the least severe type of misdemeanor. Some examples of Class C misdemeanors could include:
Class B misdemeanors are more severe than Class C misdemeanors. Some examples of Class B misdemeanors include:
Class A misdemeanors are the most severe and carry the harshest penalties. Some of the more common types of Class A misdemeanors in Indiana include:
Felony charges are more severe than misdemeanor charges under Indiana law. There are six different types of felonies, broken up into “levels.”
Level 6 felonies are the least severe type of felony. Some examples of Level 6 felonies include:
Level 5 felonies are more serious crimes and carry harsher penalties. Some examples of Level 5 felonies include:
Next, we have Level 4 felonies. Some of the more common types of Level 4 felonies in Indiana include:
Level 3 felonies continue to carry more severe penalties. Examples of Level 3 felonies include:
Level 2 felonies are among the most severe types of felonies you could be facing. Some examples of Level 2 felonies include:
Have you been charged with a Level 1 felony? You must hire an experienced legal defender. These are the worst felonies you could face in Indiana criminal courts. Examples of Level 1 felonies in Indiana include:
We should note that murder is an unclassified felony in Indiana. Murder convictions have their penalties under the Indiana Sentencing Guidelines.
The Indiana Sentencing Guidelines are just that. They are guidelines the judge can use to determine what your sentence should be. Each type of crime carries its own sentencing guidelines. These describe a range of jail or prison time, as well as maximum fines. The current guidelines are as follows:
These are only guidelines that the judge can use to help determine a fair and just sentence. They have the power to reduce or add time to your sentence at their discretion. Your lawyer can fight to have your sentence reduced if you are convicted of the charges against you.
Suspended time and credit time are important. They could help you reduce the amount of time you spend in jail or prison.
A suspended sentence provides the chance for the defendant to be placed on probation. During that time, the defendant must adhere to the terms of their probation. Failure to do so will result in a probation violation. This could require you to finish serving the remainder of your sentence behind bars.
Credit time is given to defendants for several reasons. This credit time is then applied to the defendant’s sentence as time served. Some different situations in which you might qualify for credit time in Indiana include:
Credit time and suspended time can be beneficial if you’ve been convicted of a crime. Your criminal defense attorney may be able to help you get the suspended or credit time that you deserve.
Do you hope to avoid some of the harshest penalties related to a conviction? If so, you need an aggressive legal defense. Contact an Indiana criminal defense lawyer at Hessler Law PC. We could help you reduce your sentence or clear your name of all charges.
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