In Indiana, each criminal conviction on your record can increase the penalties for subsequent convictions. In some situations, however, one minor conviction can drastically increase the penalties for future convictions. To avoid harshly stacked criminal sentences, it may be possible to receive post-conviction relief of one conviction. The lawyers at Leonard, Hammond, Thoma & Terrill, P.C., represent individuals in Fort Wayne and throughout northeast Indiana in post-conviction relief matters. If you have questions about whether you are eligible to have your record expunged or a conviction set aside, we can help.
Understanding The Benefit Of Post-Conviction Relief
Because each conviction on your criminal record can increase the penalties for future convictions, having one conviction dropped could have a significant impact. For example, if you received a drunk driving conviction and a reckless driving conviction after being convicted of driving without a license, you may be able to have the first charge (driving without a license) dropped. Although that doesn’t erase the other charges, it could prevent habitual offender status or mitigate the penalties.
Appealing A Criminal Conviction
Cases are not always over when the conviction or penalty is handed down. By appealing the conviction, seeking post-conviction relief or having the conviction expunged, it is possible to put your past behind you. Whether you suspect your original trial attorney was ineffective, your eyewitnesses spoiled or your jury biased, options may be available.
Learn more about your options by scheduling an initial consultation with an experienced attorney. Schedule an initial consultation using our online contact form or by calling (260) 420-6000.