What are my rights if I’m accused of a crime but not yet charged?

You have the right to remain silent, the right to an attorney, and the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures. You are also presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Can I appeal my case if I’m found guilty?

Yes. If you believe there was a legal error in your trial, you can appeal the decision to a higher court. However, the appeals process can be complicated, and it’s essential to work with an attorney familiar with Indiana’s appellate procedures.

How is a misdemeanor different from a felony in Indiana?

Misdemeanors are lesser offenses and typically carry lighter penalties, like shorter jail terms or smaller fines. Felonies are more serious crimes and can result in more substantial fines, probation, or longer prison sentences.

Can police search me or my property without a warrant?

Generally, police need a warrant to search you or your property. However, there are exceptions like consent, searches incident to arrest, or when evidence might be destroyed if not collected immediately.

What should I do if I’m arrested in Indiana?

Remain silent and ask for an attorney. You have the right to remain silent and not incriminate yourself, and you have the right to legal representation.