(317) 846-7777 | 450 E. 96th St #500 Indianapolis, IN 46240

(317) 846-7777 | 450 E. 96th St #500 Indianapolis, IN

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25 Year Top Rated Indiana Criminal Defense Lawyer

I provide legal power to good people charged with criminal and juvenile court accusations in Hamilton County and throughout Indiana. When a top criminal defense attorney or juvenile lawyer is needed, do not lose hope. I take great pride in the fact that many of my clients over the years have reconnected with me to touch base as to how productive their lives have become since the unfortunate circumstances that brought us together. In my opinion, there is simply no substitute for the relationships built through personal contact when working through legal challenges together.


1.) Do Not Allow Pride Or Shame From Contacting A Lawyer As Soon As Possible.

Securing cost free legal advice from an experienced criminal defense lawyer or attorney for a minor child can be one of the most valuable investments of time you will ever undertake. Praying that a legal investigation will simply go away is often the costliest decision of all. When facing criminal charges, time is not on your side. Once charges have been filed there are time sensitive deadlines to protect your legal rights and defenses. Once these deadlines have passed, invaluable legal weapons available to the most skilled trial attorney could be made unavailable. If charged with a crime or under criminal investigation, a prosecutor or investigator needs to be put on notice immediately that you or someone you care for will be in position to challenge any and all baseless charges or excessive settlement options.

People too often allow pride or the humiliation of being prosecuted from getting in the way of reaching out to an experienced attorney for the help they will surely need. Not making a criminal prosecution the biggest priority in your life when being targeted by law enforcement will be one of the riskiest decisions you will ever make.

2.) Don’t Be Lead To Believe That You Can Talk Your Way Out Of A Prosecution.

Many of my clients are professionals or tradesman, well trained and accomplished within their respective fields. Most have achieved such success by hard work and preparation in their areas of expertise. Such individuals are often well regarded and accustomed to getting along well with others. Unfortunately, this popularity or intelligence can deceive one into believing that they have the ability to match wits with law enforcement. No amount of effort, kindness  or pleading will convince a detective or prosecutor to spare someone from legal scrutiny and ultimate prosecution without the threat of an effective owi or defense lawyer by your side.

A capable criminal justice lawyer is like Kryptonite to law enforcement. Without an attorney to shield you, an interrogator has the freedom to manipulate you and everything that comes out of your mouth. The jovial detective may make you feel secure and rather good about yourself. Perhaps you know the same people, have been to the same nightspots or root for the same sports team. You contribute to the sheriff’s department? Heck, maybe when our interview is done we’ll go out for a beer!

The smiling detective or prosecutor showing you undivided attention is not your friend. Only an unemployed interviewer tries to intimidate or put in fear one they are trying to extract information from. By gaining your trust and finding common interests, the successful questioner attempts to trap the suspect into freely expressing himself or herself without an attorney. It is then only a matter of time before you will next meet the same thoughtful cop coming to you with handcuffs or testifying against you in court.  At that time you will learn the extent by which the statements you previously have made have been manipulated beyond all recognition.

3.) A Local General Practice Attorney Is Usually The Wrong Choice To Defend You.

One of the most common and costly mistakes people make when selecting an attorney to protect them from a criminal accusation or other criminal punishment is to conveniently retain a local lawyer where charges have been filed. The common belief is that the lawyer’s proximity to the local courthouse will somehow benefit the person being prosecuted. Too many of my clients come to me from these “local” lawyers. Mostly local general practice lawyers who simply do not have the specialized knowledge, skill and/or desire to make waves or hold their colleagues they see on an everyday basis accountable for an inappropriate prosecution and/or excessive legal punishment.

Perhaps this “jack of all trades” lawyer has a valuable personal injury case before the judge across the street and is unwilling to risk a potential payout by “inconveniencing” such a judge with a vigorous, time consuming defense of just another defendant. Frequently the general practice attorney may be little more than one serving the interests of his buddy within the prosecutor’s office; unwilling to risk a relationship over a one time client the lawyer may never encounter again.

In all communities, unless a lawyer is at the top of his or her legal specialty, the attorney simply cannot often afford to limit a legal practice to one area of law to earn a living. As a result, in many unfortunate cases, the client will eventually discover that the local lawyer has not devoted his or her efforts to the cause of owi and/or legal defense and is not willing to sacrifice standing among local peers by gaining a reputation for “needlessly” challenging unwarranted prosecutions.

4.)  How You Are Billed By a Lawyer Could Determine Your Legal Outcome.

Timing is always a critical element to the successful resolution of a prosecution. Sometimes great benefit can come from taking advantage of an early settlement offer that can favorably resolve case proceedings without the risk of trial. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for an attorney’s financial interest to get in the way of what is in the client’s best legal interest. For this reason. the best owi attorneys and trial counsel will usually only accept flat fee payments when representing a client challenging a prosecution. In too many cases clients have been carelessly represented by lawyers who have delayed resolution of a prosecution for the purpose of inflating the amount of hours that can be billed.

Experienced defense attorneys know that hourly fee agreements provide a financial incentive for attorneys to prolong the anxiety of a case prosecution. Even worse, beneficial legal options conditioned on early settlement of a case are either never communicated by such attorneys to a client or withdrawn by a frustrated prosecutor.  Flat fee agreements provide clients with the needed security of knowing that cases will be resolved without time as a consideration. Although all steps should be taken by a lawyer to resolve a prosecution as soon as possible, a client who has entrusted us with their legal protection deserves nothing less than the best legal options available no matter the time it takes to secure them.

Stark Law Offices, P.C. – Twenty Five Years Of Trusted Legal Protection

In my capacity as a defense attorney, I understand that in the age of email and text communication it is often far more convenient for people to correspond through such mediums when seeking immediate information. However, although we gladly accept contact through email communication and have convenient offices to serve all regions of the state, I have found that the most effective and efficient way to respond to any questions is initially by a simple easy to understand conversation by phone.

I recognize that when people call me for help they are trying to understand a legal process they often know little about. After calling me for the first time, I assure you that you will emerge with a new found feeling of hope that you have the information you need not to become a victim. I will make sure that you understand the real world penalties you face, the realistic costs of an effective legal defense and most importantly, strategies that can best protect you based upon the county and court your case is in.

Many clients never have the need to travel to meet with me in person for me to best serve them anywhere in the state. Although I am a defense lawyer with several locations to best serve clients, my actual work environments are courts of law throughout the state where my personal appearance is most required and my actions are most effective. Once we speak you will better understand how this unique process works. More importantly you will learn how your case will be handled conveniently and effectively, wherever you may live, whether statewide, the United States or around the world.

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