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Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Criminal Defense Proceedings

Getting arrested and facing criminal charges is stressful but worrying won’t help. Talking to an attorney so you understand the court process, charges, possible defenses, and a strategy to move forward is the first step to getting to the other side of a difficult situation. When a court order comes your way, don’t panic. Contact Gibson Law Office. 
  • How can you help me?
    At Gibson Law, our team of criminal defense attorneys has years of experience ranging from misdemeanor alcohol and OWI cases up to Level 1 felony jury trials. We start by listening to your version of what happened. We then use tech-forward legal research, aggressive criminal defense strategies, and skilled negotiation to defend your rights. If you want an experienced attorney on your case and would like to determine whether you’d like to work with us, contact Gibson Law Office today to set up a free consultation. We serve clients throughout Indiana and have handled cases in 82 counties. We also represent college students at Purdue, Indiana University, and Ball State.
  • What are my options? What actions can I take?

    After being arrested, you might feel hopeless. Even a little scared. But it’s important to remain calm and take action. Reach out to us to schedule a free consultation to see how our lawyers can help you.

  • What are my rights?

    You have the right to see evidence presented against you, to subpoena and cross-examine witnesses, and submit witnesses and evidence to defend yourself. Our attorneys can do a detailed analysis of your case and develop a strategy to get the best possible result.

  • Will I go to trial?

    In every case our attorneys work to prepare for trial and to negotiate the best possible plea agreement. Ultimately it is your decision on whether to proceed to trial. We work to give you two options: the best possible plea agreement and a clear picture of what the evidence at trial looks like and our strategy to defend you.

  • How much does a lawyer cost?

    At Gibson Law Office, we offer a free consultation where we will learn more about your case and quote a flat fee, so you know exactly what it costs to represent you.

  • What are the steps of court proceedings?

    After scheduling your free consultation, our attorneys will explain the next steps in your case. court proceedings follow a general process as follows:

    • Arrest or citation
    • Initial Hearing
    • Discovery
    • Motions
    • Plea Agreement negotiation
    • Pre-Trial Conference
    • Trial
      • Jury Selection
      • Preliminary Jury Instructions
      • Opening Statements (State then Defense)
      • State Presents Evidence
      • State Calls Witnesses
      • Defense Cross-Examination
      • Defense Presents Evidence
      • Defense Calls Witnesses
      • State Cross-Examination
      • Rebuttal Evidence
      • Closing Arguments (State, Defense, Defense, State)
      • Judge Instructs Jury
      • Jury Deliberation
      • Jury Verdict
  • How long will the criminal defense process take?

    A criminal case can be resolved within a week or last longer than a year. Our focus is always on getting the best possible outcome, regardless of how long that takes. Once we receive the discovery in your case, we can give more specific feedback on an anticipated timeline. If you have questions about your case, contact Gibson Law Office today.