Protecting Your Rights In The Face Of Criminal Charges
If you have been charged with a misdemeanor or felony, I know that you are going through a difficult and stressful time. You should never plead guilty without first seeking legal advice from an experienced criminal defense attorney such as myself.
At Matthew D. Barrett, P.C. Attorney at Law, I can help you understand the charges you face, the possible penalties associated with a conviction and your legal options. I am prepared to defend your case and to ensure that your rights are protected and upheld.
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Preparing Every Case As If It Will Go To Trial
I defend clients in state and federal court against misdemeanor and felony charges. I have experience representing clients accused of various crimes including:
Plea negotiations can save time and expense, and I will work hard to reach a favorable agreement. However, occasionally, a trial is necessary to protect my clients’ rights. I have extensive litigation experience and prepare every case as if it will go to trial. I also assist clients with sentence modifications, appeals and post-conviction relief.
Criminal Record Expungement
Under a revised criminal record expungement law in Indiana, which is often referred to as the “second chance” law, eligible individuals with prior misdemeanor and certain felony convictions in Indiana can petition a court to expunge their criminal records.
The law states that a person whose record is expunged “shall be treated as if the person had never been convicted of the offense.” This means that if you or someone you know has been convicted of a felony and that felony is expunged, that individual will again be allowed to do things like vote, hold public office, serve as a juror or to the extent not prohibited by federal law, to own or possess a firearm.
Those who have made a mistake or wrong choice and paid their debt to society should be given a second chance to enjoy their lives and provide for their families. I can evaluate your case to determine if you qualify to have your criminal record expunged. Please contact me to set up a free consultation.
Free Consultation With A Skilled Defense Lawyer
To talk about your criminal case, call my office in Logansport at 574-516-6188 or toll-free at 800-523-5099. You can also contact me by email to schedule a free initial consultation. Weekend appointments are available upon request. I can also visit you in jail or elsewhere by appointment.