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The Fort Wayne Criminal Defense Attorney's You Need.

Our criminal defense attorneys can help in a wide variety of criminal matters, brought on behalf of the State of Indiana. In these types of cases, the State has the burden to prove the person guilty “beyond a reasonable doubt” for all charged ...

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Prosecutors must prove crimes beyond a reasonable doubt, which is a tough standard to meet. There are three classes of misdemeanors, and they are punished by a maximum of one year in jail. Felonies can be punished by a term of at least six (6) months of incarceration. Criminal convictions can hav...

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Although aggressive prosecutors may try to intimidate you, and law enforcement sometimes cuts corners in assembling the evidence needed to secure a conviction, people charged with crimes are not helpless. With a skilled Fort Wayne Criminal defense lawyer on your side, you can hold prosecutors at ...

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Unfortunately, judges and juries can make mistakes. When this happens, you may appeal your sentence to a higher court. A Fort Wayne Criminal defense lawyer will be able to make nuanced legal arguments at the appellate level to show that court why the original decision was misguided. In addition, ...

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When it comes to Fort Wayne Criminal Defense lawyers, as a legal writer & researcher for well over 20+ years now, I can state unequivocally that after turning over a client in need of a polished criminal defense & post conviction attorney that the Summit City Law Group has shown themselves more than capable of connecting real world help to my client who needed help in nailing down their ineffective counsel claims for post conviction purposes. Thanks Roger for really listening to my clients concerns and touching base and pairing them with an excellent referral legal expert in this area of law.
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About The Summit City Law Group

Summit City Law Group - A Fort Wayne Criminal Defense Lawyer Referral Service

If you would like to find the best Fort Wayne Criminal Defense Lawyer, call Summit City Law Group at (260) 305-2397.

We provide you access to some of the most ambitious Fort Wayne criminal defense attorneys via our attorney referral service. All of our referrals are attorneys, Fort Wayne criminal defense lawyers - legal professionals licensed to practice criminal law in the state of Indiana.

Fort Wayne Criminal Defense Lawyers include experienced consolers skilled in an array of practice areas, including:

  • DUI / OWI
  • Habitual Traffic Violations and other Traffic Offenses
  • Felonies and Misdemeanors
  • White Collar Crimes
  • Sex Crimes, etc.

From a simple traffic citation to a capital offense, if you are in Fort Wayne; Allen County; or Northeast Indiana and you need a criminal law attorney, let our extensive experience serve you.

Summit City Law Group
111 W. Berry Street, #211, Fort Wayne Indiana, 46802
(260) 305-2397

Summit City Law Group can refer you to qualified experts that can help with your criminal charges. If you've been charged with a crime, you can set an appointment using the above information.

Fort Wayne Criminal Defense Attorney - From Free Consultation to Full Representation

When you begin searching for a Fort Wayne criminal defense lawyer you'll tend to go down the typical channels: Word of Mouth, Searching Google/Bing, The TV commercial with catchy phrase like "Tell 'em, You Mean Business..." and "Put a Fighter on Your Side..."

However, a nice jingle doesn't make you a competent criminal law attorney.

So, how can you find out what attorney is best for you and your situation? Use the free consultation to help begin building a strong client relationship, as well as your own bank of knowledge.

Fort Wayne Criminal Law Attorney - How to Best Utilize the Free Consultation

For the best use of your time, your should contact us at:

Summit City Law Group
111 W. Berry Street #211
Fort Wayne In, 46802
(260) 305-2397

We will refer you to a Fort Wayne Criminal Defense Lawyer, experienced, with private practice appetites. No crime is too big or small for our attorney partners, but we are not a law firm, Summit city Law Group is an attorney referral service. 

Give us call today, so that our experienced criminal defense lawyers can help with your case.

But for those of you who would like to speak with other attorneys in the area here are some tips to keep in mind:

What type of criminal defense lawyer do you need?

Before you call your first lawyer, do you even know what kind of criminal defense attorney you need? 
Is it State or Federal?

Fort Wayne Criminal Law Attorney - what type of criminal defense lawyer do I need, State or Federal?

It's important to know what type of criminal law attorney you'll need.

State and Federal courtrooms, even though both are technically criminal law, each have it's own set of procedural rules and sentencing guidelines. A lawyer with a firm a grasp of law in one area can be a complete novice in the other.

The information provided by Summit City Law Group, for state level offenses, like:

  • Drug Crimes
  • Domestic Violence
  • Theft
  • DUI

We also lawyer services in practice areas, like:

  1. Reputation Management
  2. Family and Business
  3. Estate planning

When you schedule your free consultation, schedule multiple appointments and have a pre-written list of questions - for each.

This way you can use each encounter as a way to get as much information as possible. Call a service like Summit City Law Group and you'll be paired with a private attorney or a team of attorneys, suitable to your unique situation.

Free Consultation Tips To Keep in Mind

  1. Record everything. A little voice recorder can go along way in remembering answers to questions, that you can you to build as you continue having free consultations with more attorneys.
  2. Create a list of initial questions to ask, prepare to take notes, and most importantly - learn how you can begin doing your own research online.

Many defendants find it empowering, being of aide in there own criminal defense. Establishing a solid defense strategy, based on established caselaw. Use each meeting as away to become more educated about your case and the legal system in overall - just in case there's a next time.

Insightful legal research in case preparation is key to prevailing in court cases - whether it's state or federal; civil or criminal. Often the most skilled courtroom or trial attorney lacks the critical art and skills necessary in building meaningful and precise Memorandums of Law, whether it's due to lack of experience and practice or due to time constraints in case management and, quite honestly just trying to handle sometimes dozens of clients on a daily basis. 

Having meaningful questions to ask, during your free consultation, like:

  • Will you be the attorney representing me in court?
  • How quickly can the law firm/lawyer begin working on your case?
  • How large is there current caseload and how much time will they be able to allot to your case?
  • What are the lawyer fee's and payment schedules?
  • What type of criminal defense strategy does the attorney recommend?

This is where Summit City Law Group can be most effective. 

When you speak with one of the Fort Wayne criminal defense lawyers that we refer you will find out the answers to these questions and more - without the need of remembering yourself.

Criminal Defense info on this site is for information only, not legal advice. Give us call, our phone number is (260) 305-2397.

Crimes Involving Alcohol or Drugs 

Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) are common criminal charges, that can harm your reputation and therefore requires a criminal attorney in Fort Wayne Indiana. 

In fact, according to a recent study by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, DUI related crashes accounted for nearly half of all vehicle fatalities in 2016. 

Fort Wayne has seen it's share of DUI crimes.

While the overall goal, is to find away to end alcohol addiction, Summit City Law Group believes that everyone deserves a lawyer, beyond the skills of a Public Defender, but what you can't pay for you have to do yourself.

If you have been charged with an OWI/DUI it's important that you take every measure possible to protect yourself and your reputation, this may require that you retain legal console in the form of a criminal defense lawyer. Law firms and Lawyer referral services like Summit City Law Group partners specialize in handling DUI/OWI and other types of criminal law cases.

Some things to know in regards to alcohol crimes related to vehicles

In Indiana, with respect to adults consuming alcohol (or or having certain controlled substances in their body without a valid prescription), There are five (5) misdemeanor offenses in Indiana.


A. Basic Offenses

There are now five (5) misdemeanor offenses in Indiana with respect to adults consuming alcohol in Allen County (or having certain controlled substances in their body without a valid prescription) and operating a vehicle. These five (5) basic offenses will be referred to herein as “Operating While Intoxicated Type Offenses” or OWI.

Other states refer to this kind of offense as DUI or DWI.

NOTE: While there also Felony offenses in Indiana with respect to adults consuming alcohol (or having certain controlled substances in their body without a valid prescription) and operating a vehicle. These are not included here.

1. Three (3) “Per Se” Offenses

a. Class “C” Misdemeanor “Per Se”

The first of the three (3) “Per Se” type misdemeanor offenses is concerned with the amount of alcohol in a person’s breath or blood. IC 9-30-5-1(a) prohibits the operation of a vehicle with at least .08 but less than .15 grams of alcohol by weight in your blood or breath. This offense is charged as Class “C” Misdemeanor.

A Class “C” Misdemeanor is punishable by a maximum term of imprisonment of sixty (60) days, a fine of up to Five Hundred Dollars ($500), or both. IC 35-50-3-4.

b. Class “A” Misdemeanor “Per Se”

The second “Per Se” offense relates to the amount of alcohol a person has consumed. IC 9-30-5-1(b) prohibits the operation of a vehicle with .15 or above grams of alcohol by weight in a person’s blood or breath. This offense is charged as a Class “A” Misdemeanor.

A Class “A” Misdemeanor is punishable by a maximum term of imprisonment of three hundred sixty-five (365) days, a fine of up to Five Hundred Dollars ($500), or both. IC 35-50-3-4.

c. Controlled Substances Class “C” Misdemeanor “Per Se”

The last of the “Per Se” type misdemeanor offenses involves the presence of controlled substances or their metabolites in a person’s body. IC 9-30-5-1(c) prohibits the operation of a vehicle with any amount of certain controlled substances or metabolites in the body. Under IC 9- 30-5-1, it is a defense to this offense that the accused person consumed the controlled substance in accordance with a valid prescription. This offense is charged as Class “C” Misdemeanor.

A Class “C” Misdemeanor is punishable by a maximum term of imprisonment of sixty (60) days, a fine of up to Five Hundred Dollars ($500), or both. IC 35-50-3-4.

2. Two (2) Operating While “Intoxicated” Offenses

a. Class “C” Misdemeanor “Intoxicated”

The second statute, IC 9-30-5-2, prohibits the operation of a vehicle while intoxicated. “Intoxicated” is defined as under the influence of alcohol, a controlled substance, a drug other than alcohol or a controlled substance, or a combination of these, so that there is an impaired condition of thought and action and the loss of normal control of your faculties. IC 9-13-2-86.

A person who operates a vehicle while “Intoxicated” commits a Class “C” Misdemeanor. IC 9-30-5-2(a).

b. Class “A” Misdemeanor “Intoxicated” and “Endangerment”

If it is proven that a person operated a vehicle while intoxicated, and in doing so additionally endangered someone, it is a Class “A” Misdemeanor. IC 9-30-5-2(b).

Fort Wayne Criminal Defense Lawyers - Specialized Driving Privileges

If you are suspended from driving, a court or the BMV may grant you special privileges for your license. These permits could include restrictions such as using an ignition interlock device and/or restricted hours of operation in order to drive during certain times only. You can be granted these permissions if faced with administrative suspensions including OWI suspension at sentencing among many other types of time-based parole violations that restrict access to one's vehicle."

Fort Wayne Criminal Defense Lawyers - Expungements and Sealing of Arrest Records

A person may have their arrest records sealed in Indiana if the arrest did not result in a conviction or juvenile adjudication. Individuals who had cases dismissed after completing a Pre-trial Diversion Program can also be eligible for sealing of an arrest record under this law.

A criminal court will often expunge prior misdemeanor and felony convictions as well, so long as they meet certain requirements within specific time periods following the crime's completion date. The waiting period between when you're convicted to when your petition is filed differs depending on what type of offense it was committed against (misdemeanor vs. felony).

For misdemeanors, the waiting period is five years; for felonies, ten years. You may also be eligible for an expungement if there has been a substantial change in circumstances since being convicted or adjudicated and now no longer poses any risk to public safety or jeopardizes fair treatment under the law. These petitions are granted by District Courts upon review of specific criteria set forth in Indiana Code 34-38-15 and once again depend largely on whether it's a misdemeanor or felony conviction that needs to be expunged."

Fort Wayne Indiana, Drug Crimes, Criminal justice - when you've been formally accused of a crime, jokes are over, you need legal representation. Contact us today (260) 305-2397.

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