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Five Steps to take when charged with a crime

#1 Do not talk  about your case with anyone Police and other authorities are trained to coax information and details from you about your case. You have a right granted by the U.S. Constitution to  remain silent. Friends and family don't have the legal training to give advice.

Hire a qualified attorney to represent you

#2 Being charged with a criminal offense is a serious circumstance. Find a lawyer who is qualified and experienced in dealing with matters that you are charged with. (See our practice areas)

Remain Calm

#3 We understand that you and your family family are under a  considerable amount of stress. Don't panic. If you have legal questions only receive advice from your attorney. Your case will be fully reviewed and analyzed by your lawyer.

Activate your support network

#4 Dealing with legal issues can require time away from your family, job or business. Have a support network that can help with non legal personal issues. Children need to be cared for and bills will need to be paid.

Think Long Term

#5 While the legal system is often not speedy, it has many provisions to protect your rights.  It's important that you to let your attorney address your cases issues in a detailed and deliberate manner. It's in your best interests to remain patient.

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Northwest Indiana Violent Crimes Attorney


The definition of violent crime suggests that violence is a behavior by persons, against persons or property that intentionally threatens, attempts, or actually inflicts physical harm.


The seriousness of the injuries to the victim(s), whether or not guns or other weapons were used and/or whether or not the alleged perpetrator has a criminal record will alter the crime's seriousness.


Often times, violent crimes against individuals and their property are typically infused with anger, or at the very least an overwhelming disregard for the worth and rights of another human being which may also change the crime’s severity in the eyes of a judge or jury.


Violent crimes can result in very serious convictions and punishment, and require a knowledgeable and aggressive defense by an experienced trial lawyer.


Of all violent crimes, homicides are the most serious -- a crime that results in the death of another human being. Homicide can be charged as an intentional killing such as murder or manslaughter or as a negligent killing such as involuntary manslaughter.


Murder and manslaughter are the most serious homicides which can result in lengthy prison terms or a death sentence.


Involuntary manslaughter, a crime where there is no intention to kill or do grievous bodily harm, also can result in a long prison sentence.   Our law office handles all of the following violent criminal charges:


• Murder

• Manslaughter

• Robbery

• Battery

• Carjacking

• Confinement

• Intimidation

• Gun Charges


The Attorneys at the Law Offices of Shane O’Donnell Can Help

It takes a firm with the confidence and experience to deal with Federal and State authorities when it comes to defending individuals against violent criminal charges. If you have been accused or charged with such a crime, please do not hesitate to contact us immediately. Early intervention in criminal matters, specifically violent offenses, has helped us achieve some outstanding results, and will be pivotal to the outcome of your case.



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