The Second Amendment’s right to keep and bear arms is one of the oldest and core liberties contained in our Constitution. This same right is found in the Indiana Constitution.1 Yet, that right may be the most polarizing issue debated in today’s society. In the reflection of this, so to speak “hot topic” issue, the Legislature and Congress have enacted ever-changing laws. It is important to stay current with these changes to ensure you are following the law and avoid negative consequences. For example, what happens if someone steals your gun and commits a crime? Are you liable? This blog ...
February 21, 2019CD
Criminal matters are generally thought of in two or three categories: Felonies, Misdemeanors, and Infractions.1 Generally, infractions are offenses that are punishable by a fine but not jail time, such as a speeding or parking ticket. Felonies and misdemeanors are labeled by numbers regarding the level of crime and this letter may indicate the level of punishment assigned to the crime. The most significant issue for a defendant is to wind up with a Felony conviction as this may cause loss of a job or prevent employment. Many employers run criminal background checks and will not hire felons for a ...
November 21, 2017CD
Perjury, meaning lying under oath, is a crime in Indiana—and all states. You can also commit perjury by signing a form under penalty of perjury when you know the information you provide is not true or accurate. You have probably heard someone say everyone lies in divorce. This blog discusses distortions versus perjury1 in divorce and what you need to know about the topic and what you can do. As an initial note, the attorneys in the firm have tried hundreds of divorce cases. Many times we have received notes from our clients that the other side is “lying”. In most ...
October 19, 2017CD
The concerns about domestic violence in many Western countries has led to detailed studies and new laws about this often unreported crime. Most states in the United States have specific statutes for criminal domestic battery where there are certain intimate relationships involved. In a recent blog post, the seriousness the United States has placed on this issues was discussed because of the SCOTUS case affirming that a misdemeanor conviction of domestic violence could cause a life time loss of the core civil right to keep and bear arms (the other core civil liberties are the right to hold elected office, sit ...
July 12, 2016Adam Hayes
Be Informed, Not the Criminal Defendant By any account, Indiana is unique in its identification with the right to keep and bear arms. For instance, hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers have a License to Carry Handgun. While the need for a license, and in some general sense understanding of the need for training on safe gun handling is widely accepted and understood, there are pervasive myths that attorneys at Ciyou & Dixon see routinely that cause gun owners to be criminally prosecuted. The first is pointing a firearm due to a sense of fear or to scare someone off. Generally, unless the ...
March 31, 2016Adam Hayes
Carrying firearms, particularly a handgun, is an ordinary part of life for most members of the law enforcement community as well as a growing number of ordinary citizens from all walks of life. In fact, it becomes so common place and natural—like wearing shoes--that a number of people “forget” and carry these through airport security screening every day. When this occurs, typically three legal matters occur that an attorney may be able to assist with. First, and most importantly, this probable cause for the crime of taking a firearm, explosive or deadly weapon through a controlled airport inspection point.1 While extreme ...
March 1, 2016Adam Hayes
Any legal area that has strong political and social positions, generally corresponds with substantial law-making. Gun purchase, possession and use is one such topic that is politically charged with “positions.” While most of the laws are on-line, there is a great amount of commentary about how the law should be applied and enforced. In the firearms arms arena, there are four key myths that appear to be a great confusion for a large number of gun owners. This blog addresses these. The first is a lawfully possessed firearm can be used to scare someone away by pointing it at the wrong-doer. ...
January 19, 2016Adam Hayes
There is a general societal view that a bad act by a child is due to lack of life experience and immaturity. Therefore, such should not be a crime and the juvenile treated as a delinquent and limited to state-intervention until he or she is an adult. Nevertheless, because there is some overlap between implications of juvenile delinquency and adult crimes, it is important a juvenile and parents understand these to make key choices to limit its life implications. First, a child charged with a juvenile act is entitled to be represented by counsel. This has been the law for some ...
July 28, 2015Adam Hayes