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Hiring A Criminal Defense Lawyer

If you are facing a criminal charge in metropolitan Indianapolis, a vitally important decision that may significantly affect the progress and outcome of your case is your decision of whether or not to hire a “private attorney.” JR Emerson, a Indianapolis lawyer, recognizes the great risks involved in criminal matters. When you hire defense attorney JR Emerson, he will work to aggressively protect your constitutional rights, contest the prosecutor’s allegations, raise lawful defenses, and minimize dangers or likely penalties.

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JR is prepared to aggressively defend the rights of individuals accused of criminal offenses in Indianapolis, Indiana, including: assault defense, DUI defense, battery defense domestic battery violence defense, resisting arrest defense, trespass defense, suspended license defense, theft defense, possession defense, worthless check defense, disorderly conduct defense, and other criminal law matters.

What is the Difference Between a “Private Attorney” and Public Defender?

If you are facing criminal charges it is important for you to realize that there are large differences between a public defender and a private defense attorney. Public defenders are often burdened working so many cases that their time to investigate a case, gather evidence and witnesses, conduct legal research, and negotiating with the prosecution is significantly limited. In fact, public defenders in Indianapolis may handle over a hundred cases at one time, making it tough for them to commit the time and resources to realize ideal outcomes.

Some researchers have found significant differences in the case outcomes between a public defender and a private defense attorney. Professor Morris Hoffman and Professor Paul Rubin, of Emory University, studied over 5,000 felony cases in Colorado in 2004. They looked at the average sentences received by defendants represented by public defenders and those represented by private defense attorneys. Ultimately the professors found that those defendants who were represented by private defense attorneys received three years less time in prison when compared to those defendants represented by public defenders.

How Much Does a Private Attorney Cost in Indianapolis, Indiana?

There are a numerous reasons that can affect the fees that most private defense attorneys in Indianapolis charge to their clients. These reasons can include the nature of the allege offense, how complex the case is, how likely the case is to go to trial, how much others in the area charge for a similar matter, and the income/assets of the prospective client.

It should not surprise you that the fees charged may vary widely between attorneys. Generally, fees for a misdemeanor can variety between $750 and $5,000. An attorney for a simple possession felony may cost between $2,000 and $4,000, whereas more severe criminal offenses can cost tens of thousands of dollars.

An Easy Way to Approach Legal Fees

JR Emerson offers a simple approach to fees by offering flat fees and payment plans to help everyone get the protection offered by a private attorney. Call today and schedule your FREE initial consultation.

We offer a wide variety of services outside of criminal law. Our services include family law, personal injury law, and criminal law. Click here if you need a divorce lawyer in Carmel, IN.

Hiring a Criminal Defense Lawyer

Former Judge of the Whitestown Town Court, Attorney Emerson explains what to look for when considering a criminal defense attorney.

Criminal Penalties in Indiana

From Felonies to Misdemeanors we will explain the possible legal consequences associated with each criminal charge.

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How an Attorney Can Help

The State must prove it's case beyond a reasonable doubt.  Your attorney's job is to challenge the State's evidence.  Learn how an attorney can help with the use of Subpoena's and Depositions.


Whether you are contemplating divorce, or been arrested or injured you are probably scared, unsure what will come next and what to do.  Give me a call. We will sit down, go over your options and work to find a way to move forward. Call me or another attorney. But call someone and get the help you deserve.

- JR Emerson, Attorney

I am here to help. I am not here to judge. For nearly 20 years I have been helping people in difficult situations and I would be happy to speak with you to see how I might be able to help you too.

- Jill Bracken-Emerson, Attorney


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About Us

Our office is located in the Carmel Art's District at the corner of Rangeline and Main Street.

1 S Rangeline Rd, Suite 400

Carmel, IN 46032

Phone: 1-317-969-8000

Email: Info@EmersonLawLLC.com

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Our attorneys represent people in need of assistance with personal injuries, car accidents, divorce, family law and DUI/OVWI matters.  Our clients typically live in counties throughout central Indiana including, Hamilton County, Boone County, Marion County, Hendricks County and Johnson County.  Please contact our office to learn how we can help.

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The attorneys at Emerson Law LLC represent individuals and families throughout Indiana.  Our attorneys use their courtroom skill and experience to also assist men and women in family law, personal injury, car accident lawyers and criminal law matters including divorce, child custody modification, and child support modification in Marion County, Hendricks County, Boone County, Hamilton County, Hancock County, Madison County, Johnson County.  Cities in which we practice generally include: Zionsville, Lebanon, Whitestown, Carmel, West Clay, Westfield, Noblesville, Fishers, Lawrence, Beech Grove, Speedway, Greenwood, Southport, Franklin, Plainfield, Avon and Danville, Indiana.