Criminal Defense

Criminal Defense - Felony and Misdemeanor

Barbara recognizes that a criminal charge can be disastrous not only for the accused, but also for his or her family. For this reason, she focuses a major part of her practice on helping clients who have been charged with a criminal offense, ranging from minor misdemeanors to major felonies, and always works to provide aggressive, intelligent defense, and her highest level of support and representation.

One of Indiana's most experienced trial lawyers, Barbara has represented clients or government agencies in more than 100 trials and innumerable hearings in state and federal courts. She represents clients charged with a vast range of crimes. Some common examples are:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI/DWI/OMVWI)
  • Drug possession
  • Drug dealing/trafficking
  • Assault
  • Battery
  • Weapons Offenses
  • Domestic Violence
  • Theft
  • Burglary
  • Robbery
  • Sex Crimes
  • Murder

Expungements and Sealing of Arrest/Conviction Records

In today's difficult job market, individuals looking for work need to do anything they can to stand out from other candidates for the job. Likewise, employers with a stack of resumes on their desk look for easy ways to weed some of them out. Criminal background checks are one way employers disqualify job applicants. Even if your criminal case was many years ago-and even if you were never convicted-your past can haunt you if you are unemployed or looking to change jobs.

Indiana law now allows people who have minor criminal history to restrict access to their criminal records. This means that the state will not be allowed to share your records with any non-governmental organizations. If any of the following applies to you, you may be eligible to restrict access to your arrest, conviction, and incarceration records:

  • Charges were filed against you but were later dismissed.
  • You completed a pre-trial diversion program.
  • You were convicted of a nonviolent misdemeanor or class D felony and completed your sentence at least eight years ago without committing any more felonies.
  • You have had a clean record for 15 years since completing your sentence.

Additionally, you may be aware of something called an "expungement." Unlike a petition for restricted access, expungement actually forces the state to destroy all records of your arrest. You may be eligible for an expungement if:

  • No formal charges were ever filed against you.
  • Charges were filed but later dropped because of a mistaken identity, absence of a crime, or a lack of probable cause for arrest.
  • In either case above, you must not have a record of arrests other than minor traffic violations.

Call Williams Law today at 812-213-2016