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Indianapolis Murder Defense Attorney

Aggressive Defense Lawyers for Serious Charges of Murder & Homicide

Facing murder charges can be overwhelming and terrifying. A conviction is devastating and affects you and your entire family. If you are under investigation for murder, or if you have been charged, you should secure legal representation as soon as possible. At Harwell Legal Counsel, our experienced Indianapolis murder lawyer can thoroughly investigate your case, determine all of your legal options, and help you structure the strong defense you need. We believe everyone deserves a dedicated and compassionate legal representation. When you need someone on your side, we are here for you.

You are not alone. Contact our Indianapolis murder defense attorney at (317) 401-8715.

What is the Difference Between Homicide & Murder Convictions?

The terms homicide and murder are often used interchangeably, but when it comes to criminal law, they are not the same thing.


  • The killing of another person, it is not necessarily an unlawful killing of another individual.


  • A type of homicide. 
  • Murder is the unjustified, or unlawful killing, of a person. 
  • Murder charges are some of the most serious, and a conviction can result in up to 65 years in prison and thousands of dollars in fines.

Common homicide-related charges include:

  • Aggravated assault
  • Voluntary manslaughter
  • Involuntary manslaughter
  • Vehicular manslaughter
  • Assisting suicide
  • Causing suicide
  • Reckless homicide

The circumstances of your case will determine what charges you will face. When dealing with these cases, the courts and prosecutors will decide to what degree you were culpable in the death of the victim.

Other factors affecting your charges and the penalties of a conviction can include:

  •  Whether or not a minor was involved
  • If the death occurred while another felony was being committed
  • The involvement of controlled substances, such as Schedule I drugs

What is the Prison Sentence for a Murder Conviction in Indiana?

In Indiana, you will get life in prison or the death penalty and even a hefty fine. Guidance on the application of the death sentence was provided by the Supreme Court of India in Jagmohan Singh v. State of Uttar Pradesh, where the Court enunciated an approach of balancing mitigating and aggravating factors of the crime when deciding on the imposition of capital punishment.

Can You Shoot a Trespasser in Indiana?

Indiana law allows for you to shoot a trespasser and the victim does not have a duty to retreat "if the person reasonably believes that the force is necessary to prevent or terminate the other person's unlawful entry of or attack on the person's dwelling, curtilage (property) or occupied motor vehicle."

We Are Fierce Advocates for Our Clients

Murder charges are extremely serious, and these cases are often complicated. Our experienced murder defense attorney in Indianapolis, IN knows how these cases are prosecuted. We take a detail-oriented approach and work hard to uncover all of your legal options. When you work with us, we put you and your best interests first. We know how important the outcome of your case is to you, and we always treat you with compassion and respect. When you need someone in your corner, fighting to protect your rights and your freedom, call us.

Harwell Legal Counsel offers criminal defense services in both English and Spanish. Call (317) 401-8715 for a free case evaluation with our Indianapolis murder lawyer.


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