Most Hoosiers know were a gun-friendly state. In fact, Indiana ranks among the highest for gun rights. For example, there are hundreds of thousands of residents who have a License to Carry a Handgun. With “carrying” there is significant misunderstanding of the Castle Doctrine and the right to Stand Your Ground with the right to draw your firearm. These limits are the topic of coverage in this blog. In Indiana, a person can stand his or her ground and not retreat if it is reasonable. This allows the use of force to protect person and property. However, the use of force ...
January 15, 2018CD
The issue of and statistics about domestic violence have received significant state and national attention over the last several years. Actual or threatened domestic violence may result in criminal charges with the right to remain silent or a civil domestic protective order. A civil domestic protective order is issued to attempt to stop threats or risk of harm to the person who petitions for it. Such an order may be granted without a hearing or after a hearing is set and the alleged perpetrator is given notice to attend. When a civil protective order is issued without a hearing based on ...
November 19, 2015Adam Hayes
Domestic partners, married couples, or really any family members can potentially be the victims of domestic violence. Sometimes this is a pattern, but sometimes it is a one-time event in the emotionally charged event leading unraveling of the relationship. In some cases, tensions are high, remain high, and domestic violence can be a very real, on-going concern for a party, friends, family, and lawyers. However, there are a number of protections and safeguards in place to prevent a potentially tragic escalation of a domestic matter. Under a uniform act in Indiana law, after a hearing and proving the risk, the person ...
May 29, 2012CD
Anyone who has ever watched any television program that references criminal trials has heard of the Fifth Amendment Privilege against self-incrimination. However, the extent and protection of the Fifth Amendment is not quite as simple as television may lead you to believe. At Ciyou & Dixon, P.C., we often encounter domestic cases (divorce or paternity) where there is also some sort of underlying criminal component. Either a party has been recently arrested for drugs or alcohol, or there is an allegation of abuse and/or neglect against one or both parents. Any pending criminal issues will further complicate the domestic issues. Particularly on ...
May 15, 2012CD
The events of the daily news bring global events right into our offices, homes and cars-- almost the second they happen. Where domestic violence is concerned and occurs in a nearby street or city, it is common to think that is a norm. The stress and duress of a typical divorce case appears to heighten factual sensitivity and general awareness; and domestic litigants sometimes raise and present concern and wonder if they need the protection of a protective order. The world appears to be a dangerous place, more so with matters of the heart–children–and pocketbook–standard of living and lifestyle. The courts are ...
October 18, 2011CD