Criminal Defense Lawyer

Serving South Bend, Elkhart, Mishawaka, Osceola & The Counties of St. Joseph, Elkhart, Marshall & LaPorte

Few things are scarier than getting arrested and charged with a crime. If this happens to you, it’s important to make sure that your rights are protected and that you are able to assert a strong defense. Legal representation and a powerful defense can be the difference between time behind bars and getting the charges against you reduced, or even dropped altogether. Don’t think it twice when it comes to your freedom and hire a criminal defense attorney.

Contact the skilled South Bend criminal defense attorneys at the Cole Law Firm, LLC for immediate legal assistance. We have over 15 years of experience handling challenging criminal matters in South Bend. We work hard, aggressively defend our clients, and have a history of getting results.  We know your future depends on it.

Indiana has some of the toughest criminal laws in the country. Highly-skilled state prosecutors won’t hesitate to begin working on their case against you the moment you’re placed under arrest. Hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney can level the playing field and give you the best shot at securing a positive result.

Criminal Attorney -- Ready to Fight for You

Did you know that the police have to have a legitimate reason to stop you or place you under arrest? Offices must have reasonable suspicion to believe that you’ve done something wrong. This involves much more than just a gut feeling or belief you’ve broken the law.  If an officer makes an arrest without having reasonable suspicion that’s supported by facts and the circumstances, we’ll challenge your arrest in court. If the arrest wasn’t lawful, the criminal charges against you cannot succeed.


Indiana has some of the toughest criminal laws in the country. However, it has some of the most liberal expungement laws, as well. Expungement means that you might be able to get your criminal conviction sealed and/or erased from your criminal record. That can have a huge impact as you move forward with your life. Hiring an attorney to handle your expungement case can make a massive difference. Let us help you put your life back together.

Misdemeanors in Indiana

Even though crimes that are classified as misdemeanors tend to be less serious offenses than felonies, it’s still important to assert an aggressive defense. A misdemeanor conviction can be punishable by time in jail, expensive fines, and/or probation. The penalties will ultimately depend on the specific circumstances of your case and the severity of the charge.

Class C Misdemeanor: A Class C Misdemeanor is the least serious criminal offense in Indiana, punishable by up to 60 days in jail and $500 in fines.

Class B Misdemeanor: A Class B Misdemeanor carries the possibility of up to 180 days in jail and $1,000 in fines.

Class A Misdemeanor: A Class A Misdemeanor is the highest level misdemeanor in the state of Indiana. A conviction can result in a maximum of 12 months in jail and $5,000 in fines.

At the Cole Law Firm LLC,we will defend you against misdemeanor charges every step of the way. If this is your first offense, we’ll fight tirelessly to keep you out of jail and negotiate a plea that focuses on probation.

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