Felonies & Misdemeanors Lawyer in Chesterton, IN
Experienced Trial Attorney in Lake County & Porter County
Criminal offenses are classified as either misdemeanors or felonies. When facing criminal charges, it is important to seek legal representation from an experienced criminal defense attorney. The Law Office of Adam Tavitas represents clients charged with felonies and misdemeanors in Northwest Indiana. Call us today and schedule a free consultation to get started building your case.
Misdemeanors in Indiana
Misdemeanors are less serious than felony charges, but a conviction will have an impact on your life. Some examples of misdemeanors include first time DUI/OWI offenses, disorderly conduct, battery, public intoxication, resisting arrest, theft, and minor possession of a small amount of marijuana.
The possible jail sentence depends on the classification of misdemeanors, such as:
- Class A – Up to one year in jail
- Class B – Up to 180 days in jail
- Class C – Up to 60 days in jail
Additional penalties may be imposed by the court, such as up to a year of probation, fines, court costs, restitution, and community service. In addition to penalties imposed by the court, you will have a criminal record that will follow you after you have served your time and paid your fines.
What are Felonies in Indiana
Felonies include certain OWI offenses, drug charges, sex offenses, gun offenses, and other serious charges. In certain situations, misdemeanors may be elevated to felonies. For example, battery charges may be enhanced to a felony when a deadly weapon was used, serious injuries were inflicted on the victim, or the victim was a police officer.
The felony levels in Indiana include:
- Murder- 45-65 years in prison
- Level 1 – 20-40 years in prison
- Level 2 – 10-30 years
- Level 3 – 3-16 years
- Level 4 – 2-12 years
- Level 5 – 1-6 years
- Level 6 – 6 months – 2.5 years
In addition to time in prison, a defendant may be ordered to complete other requirements, depending on the offense and other factors. This may include a requirement for drug or alcohol counseling, fines, court costs, restitution, probation, or community service. In more than 20 years as a criminal defense attorney, I have represented clients facing a broad range of felonies and misdemeanors in Northwest Indiana.
If you have been arrested, call (219) 245-2655 to discuss your situation. I have a convenient office in Chesterton, have meetings by appointment in Highland, and can travel to clients far away.
We recently hired Mr Tavitas to represent our son for a marijuana citation in Porter County. From our first phone call, it was clearly evident that he genuinely cared about our sons case. He was very upfront about the prospects of the case, the steps he would take and the approximate cost to us, which was very fair and reasonable. Mr Tavitas is incredibly accessible. If he misses your call, you will be getting a return call in a very short time. Being kept informed of everything going on in our case was very important to us and he delivered! Highly recommend Mr Adam Tavitas!- Carol D.
Best lawyer around, point blank.- Eric
He got the charges reduced, great communication, and cares about the case he is taking on. Never had to talk to a receptionist and wait on a call back since he gave his personal work phone number (being able to text/call) and got back as soon as he was able to. Very happy we came across him, not many compassionate lawyers out here that cares like he does. Will definitely recommend and hire again if needed!- Heather H.
Adam is an awesome attorney in all aspects that offered and delivered a lot of help and all that he promised when we had originally first talked. He is very affable, and always is very quick to get back to you and answer all of your questions clearly. I would highly recommend Adam to any clients in need of an attorney!- Natalie R.
Adam Tavitas got my probation dismissed after a probation revocation. He even took on all my other cases of driving without a license on after I hired him! Definitely recommend him! His pricing is reasonable as well!- David K.
Great person to work with, fair prices but most of all, he likes to win.- Rick
Adam is very professional and a nice person. He really works hard to get the best outcome for your case! Thanks to him I avoided prison time.- Brittany M.
Needed help with a case in Porter County Indiana. Being out of state I was a bit worried about having to return for court. A friend recommended Adam Tavitas. I could not be more happy about that recommendation. Adam responded to my call immediately, explained my options and provided easy payment options. The resolution of the case was my biggest concern and that worked out very well. Adam is the complete package, Responsive, Professional and cost effective. Hopefully I never need his help again but I definitely will keep his contact information for future issues. Thanks Adam!- Thomas H.