Indianapolis Murder Defense Lawyer

Aggressive Legal Representation Defending the Accused

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 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.


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

  • Homicide is the killing of another person, it is not necessarily an unlawful killing of another individual.
  • Murder is 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.

Other 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, whether the death occurred while another felony was being committed, and whether or not the case involves 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 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.

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    Jonathan D. Harwell, owner and founder of Harwell Legal Counsel, grew up in Ohio before moving to Indiana in high school. Harwell attended Ball State University, where he majored in legal studies and graduated cum laude. He was also a member of the Legal Studies Honor Society before continuing his education at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. He graduated with the CALI Excellence for the Future Award and Gold Level Pro Bono recognition before beginning his career. ...
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    Star Martinez is originally from El Paso, TX. She attended the University of Texas at El Paso and received a bachelors in Communication. She received her legal education at Indiana University Maurer School of Law. In law school, She was president of the Latinx Law Student Association and lead diversity and inclusion initiatives. She is very passionate about being a lawyer in Indiana. She has always been incredibly committed to helping people in underrepresented communities, such as the Latinx ...
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    Tiffany McCoy was born and raised in McHenry, Illinois. She graduated from Saint Joseph's College Indiana (SJC) with a major in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology. At SJC, Tiffany was an NCAA Division II athlete as a jumper on the track team. Tiffany went on to obtain her law degree from Valparaiso University Law School (VU), where she was an honors program scholar and graduated magna cum laude. While in law school, Tiffany was a national trial advocacy team competitor and also a member ...

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