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Arson is defined as the intentional and malicious burning or charring of a property or structure. Arson cases are typically classified as felonies, the most serious level of crime carrying with it the most severe legal consequences.

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Benefits of Hiring Hatfield Law for Arson Cases

At Hatfield Law, our attorneys are familiar with the latest arson laws and defenses. It is important to hire an experienced arson defense lawyer because arson crimes are fact-sensitive and rely heavily on fire investigations and reconstructions.

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What Can Our Child Support Attorneys Do?

Whether you are the paying spouse or the spouse receiving child support, experienced lawyers at Hatfield Law will ensure that you understand the legal matters involved in your specific case. As divorce cases can be contentious, we will work closely with you and guide you through this complex process, determine the right support, inform and exercise your rights, and safeguard the best interests of your child.

Below is a list of a child support and custody issues that we can work on:
  • Child Removal & Relocation Petitions
  • Modifications & Enforcements of Child Support
  • Parental Relocation Request & Abduction
  • Child Custody. Parenting Time, & Visitation
  • Grandparent & Non-Biological Parent Custody and Visitation
  • International Family Law & Hague Convention Cases
Here is a list of types of cases that we believe require a lawyer :
  • Spousal Support/
  • Family Law for Military Personnel
  • Prenuptial & Postnuptial Agreements
  • Non-Traditional Adoption

How Can a Marriage be Annulled?

Although every state has its own regulations and laws with regard to marriage annulment and divorce, there are some laws that still apply to the whole country. It is important to note that an annulment can be initiated by any party who is married. In order for an annulment to be approved by the Court, the individual who is initiating it needs to prove that there are indeed grounds for it. The marriage will only be annulled when the court decides that there is some legal basis to these grounds. Some of the grounds for an annulment of a marriage include the following:

  • Forced consent: This is when one party was being forced into the marriage through threat or duress.
  • Mental illness: If either party had some form of mental illness during the marriage, then it is also grounds for annulment.
  • Bigamy: This is a case when either married party was already in another marriage during the time of their marriage.
  • Incestual Relations: Marriages that involve incestual relations are grounds for annulment.
  • Asphyxia: This is where the child struggles to breathe during childbirth and the lack of oxygen often leads to serious brain injury. More often than not, this condition arises when the umbilical cord wraps around the child’s neck cutting off the air supply to the child’s brain. Asphyxia may also take place when the delivery process is delayed.
  • Brain damage: This can be caused by a variety of factors, including the use of the wrong delivery tools by the medical team, untreated infections, and more. Without proper medical intervention, brain injuries can lead to life-long complications for the child.
  • Custody: This refers to who has physical and legal custody of the child. While joint custody – where both parents get equal care – is the ideal solution, often it is not possible due to factors such as one parent being unfit to care for a child or parents living too far away from each other. Sole custody can be given in such cases, where one parent is given the main responsibilities of care and maintenance for the child.Parents may also share custody. Sometimes, the physical custody is with one parent but both parents share legal custody.
  • Visitation: In cases of sole custody, the non-custodial parent is granted visitation time according to an agreed schedule. If the parties cannot agree to the visitation schedule, the Supreme Court Child Visitation Guidelines will be followed. Visitation times must be strictly adhered to and the other parent can have a legal case if one parent is found to have violated the terms.
  • Evaluating nature of assets: There are specific assets that a spouse may have attained before the marriage which can be considered in dividing property. However, the asset may have appreciated in value during marriage which is now considered differently.
  • Complex issues of assets: Generally, spouses own multiple properties and business interests. When dividing properties, businesses may suffer.
  • Forensic accounting: – Some spouses try to hide assets in order to avoid division. Forensic accounting should be done to track hidden assets before the actual total value can be assessed.
  • International issues: High net worth divorce cases sometimes involve spouses with international investments or assets. This may involve tax implications and a qualified attorney can explain.
  • Tax issues: High net worth assets often involve complex tax issues which are associated with benefit plans, entities, real estate, and child support.
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  • Diagnosis: This occurs when medical workers fail to identify the underlying medical issue. Often such cases end up with medical workers treating the wrong problem and thus putting the lives and health of their patients at risk.
  • Not seeking consent: Sometimes doctors may make decisions about the treatment of their patients without seeking the required consent. The law requires medical workers to inform patients of the treatment options they face and allow them to make the decision as to which option to proceed with.
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About Arson Cases

IC 35-43-1-1:

A Person Who, By Means Of Fire, Explosive, Or Destructive Device, Knowingly Or Intentionally Damages:
  • (1) a dwelling of another person without the other person's consent;
  • (2) property of any person under circumstances that endanger human life;
  • (3) property of another person without the other person's consent if the pecuniary loss is at least five thousand dollars ($5,000);  or
  • (4) a structure used for religious worship without the consent of the owner of the structure;
    commits arson, a level 4 felony.  however, the offense is a level 3 felony if it results in bodily injury to any person other than a defendant and a level 2 felony if it results in serious bodily injury to any person other than a defendant.
A Person Who Commits Arson For Hire Commits A Level 4 Felony.  However, The Offense Is:
  • (1) a level 3 felony if it results in bodily injury to any other person;  and
  • (2) a level 2 felony if it results in serious bodily injury to any other person.
A Person Who, By Means Of Fire, Explosive, Or Destructive Device, Knowingly Or Intentionally Damages Property Of Any Person With Intent To Defraud Commits Arson, A Level 6 Felony.
A Person Who, By Means Of Fire, Explosive, Or Destructive Device, Knowingly Or Intentionally Damages Property Of Another Person Without The Other Person's Consent So That The Resulting Pecuniary Loss Is At Least Two Hundred Fifty Dollars ($250) But Less Than Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000) Commits Arson, A Level 6 Felony.
A Person Who Commits An Offense Under Subsection (A), (B), (C), Or (D) Commits A Separate Offense For Each Person Who Suffers A Bodily Injury Or Serious Bodily Injury That Is Caused By The Violation Of Subsection (A), (B), (C), Or (D).

About Bribery Cases

In Indiana, assault cases are normally charged as one of the following three Indiana statutes:

IC 35-44.1-1-2

Sec. 2 . (a) A person who:
  • (1) confers, offers, or agrees to confer on a public servant, either before or after the public servant becomes appointed, elected, or qualified, any property, except property the public servant is authorized by law to accept, with intent to control the performance of an act related to the employment or function of the public servant or because of any official act performed or to be performed by the public servant, former public servant, or person selected to be a public servant;
  • (2) being a public servant, solicits, accepts, or agrees to accept, either before or after the person becomes appointed, elected, or qualified, any property, except property the person is authorized by law to accept, with intent to control the performance of an act related to the person's employment or function as a public servant;
  • (3) confers, offers, or agrees to confer on a person any property, except property the person is authorized by law to accept, with intent to cause that person to control the performance of an act related to the employment or function of a public servant;
  • (4) solicits, accepts, or agrees to accept any property, except property the person is authorized by law to accept, with intent to control the performance of an act related to the employment or function of a public servant;
  • (5) confers, offers, or agrees to confer any property on a person participating or officiating in, or connected with, an athletic contest, sporting event, or exhibition, with intent that the person will fail to use the person's best efforts in connection with that contest, event, or exhibition;
  • (6) being a person participating in, officiating in, or connected with an athletic contest, sporting event, or exhibition, solicits, accepts, or agrees to accept any property with intent that the person will fail to use the person's best efforts in connection with that contest, event, or exhibition;
  • (7) being a witness or informant in an official proceeding or investigation, solicits, accepts, or agrees to accept any property, with intent to:
  • (A) withhold any testimony, information, document, or thing; (B) avoid legal process summoning the person to testify or supply evidence;  or
  • (C) absent the person from the proceeding or investigation to which the person has been legally summoned;
  • (8) confers, offers, or agrees to confer any property on a witness or informant in an official proceeding or investigation, with intent that the witness or informant:
  • (A) withhold any testimony, information, document, or thing;
  • (B) avoid legal process summoning the witness or informant to testify or supply evidence;  or
  • (C) absent himself or herself from any proceeding or investigation to which the witness or informant has been legally summoned;  or
  • (9) confers or offers or agrees to confer any property on an individual for:
  • (A) casting a ballot or refraining from casting a ballot;  or
  • (B) voting for a political party, for a candidate, or for or against a public question; in an election described in IC 3-5-1-2 or at a convention of a political party authorized under IC 3; commits bribery, a Level 5 felony.
(B) It is not a defense that the person whom the accused person sought to control was not qualified to act in the desired way.

Bribery can occur between individuals and entities. Common kinds of bribery cases involve:

  • Public Officers: Bribes can be made to or by public officers. Bribes can be given to public officers to solicit them to use their position to effect a change in the perpetrator’s best interests.
  • Witnesses: Bribing a witness to change their testimony or accepting such a bribe is illegal. Depending on the value of this bribe and the circumstances of the case, consequences can include significant fines and jailtime.
  • Foreign officials: It is illegal for American companies to bribe foreign government officials with the intention to land or maintain business contacts.
  • Bank employees: Offering a bribe to a bank representative or accepting one can bring with it dire consequences. Due to the nature of their jobs, bank employees are thrust in a position of great responsibility daily, making them vulnerable to illicit offers.
  • Sports officials: Referees or other sports officials who accept a bribe in exchange for “fixing” the results of an event can be charged alongside the person who offered the bribe.
  • Conspiracies: Even if no bribery has been carried out, being involved in a conspiracy with the intention to commit bribery is a crime. In some cases, the accused can be charged with both bribery and conspiring to commit bribery.
  • All records found within any court, correctional facility, or criminal justice agency that revolve around a person’s apprehension, detection, arrest, detention, or disposition of a felony within the criminal justice system can be expunged.
  • Eligibility for an expungement of investigation, arrest, or detention will rely on the law of individual states. A number of conditions must be fulfilled before the request will be considered. The conditions include surpassing the minimum timespan since the arrest, no intervening arrests, dismissal of proceedings, acquittal, discharge without conviction with no re-filing of charges, and release without formal charges.
  • An expungement may be denied according to the standards of each state. Some factors may contribute to the expungement request being denied and they include not meeting the time period, additional convictions are present, outstanding arrests, conviction of a sexual crime, registered sex offender, or case is still open.
  • Previous expunged records can be unsealed under certain conditions specified by certain states.
  • Arrest and conviction records are not automatically expunged after a number of years. Individuals who wish to seek expungement need to apply personally in writing and follow the necessary steps.

There are various forms of fraud and they are:

  • Identity theft
  • Mail fraud
  • Insurance fraud
  • Securities fraud
  • Credit/debit card fraud
  • Wire fraud
  • Telemarketing fraud
  • Tax evasion
  • Bankruptcy fraud
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Who Can Expunge their Records?

An expungement of a criminal case is a great way to create opportunities. whether you are looking to seek career progression, enroll in a school, or simply to clear your criminal history, expungement is the solution. our experienced expungement attorneys from hatfield law can walk you through the entire procedure of applying for an expungement to ensure a hassle-free process. follow this guide to see if you may be eligible:

Eligibility requirements:

IF Arrested: NO Conviction (Dismissal, No Charges Filed, No Guilty Verdict)

  • Not earlier than one year after date of arrest.

IF Misdemeanor OR Misdemeanor Conviction On Class D Felony Or Level 6 Felony

  • FIVE YEARS after date of CONVICTION
  • NOT for someone convicted or two (2) or more felonies, if following two apply:

    (a) No unlawful use of a deadly weapon, and;

    (b) Offenses not committed as part of same criminal episode

  • No convictions within previous five (5) years

IF class D or Level 6 Felony Conviction

  • EIGHT YEARS after date of CONVICTION

    (a) Non Violent – Non Sex Offender

    (b) NO Perjury Or Official Misconduct

    (c) NOT for someone convicted or two (2) or more felonies, if following two apply:

    • No unlawful use of a deadly weapon, and;
    • Offenses NOT committed as part of same criminal episodes
  • No convictions within previous eight (8) years

IF Convicted of a Felony Level 5 – Level 1

  • TEN (10) YEARS after date of SENTENCE or FIVE (5) from completion of sentence

    (a) Non Violent – Non Sex Offender

    (b) NOT For Someone Convicted Or Two (2) Or More Felonies, If Following Two Apply:

    • NO Unlawful Use Of A Deadly Weapon
    • Offenses NOT Committed As Part Of Same Criminal Episodes
  • No convictions within previous ten (10) years of filing for the expungement
  • Prosecutor MUST CONSENT

Arson can include residential and commercial Property, forest land, vehicles, and personal property such as cars, boats, and laptops.

Intent

Did the accused deliberately set fire to the property without the owner's knowledge and consent? If it was an accident, there may bot be a charge of arson.

Recklessness

If the accused knowingly partook in dangerous actions that caused the damage of property, they can be charged with arson even if the intention was not to set property on fire.

Damage of Property or Structure

Property must have been damaged to secure an arson conviction. If no damage occured, it may not be arson.

Although arson laws originally applied to the burning of another person's property, today, they cover the burning of one's own property for insurance or fraudulent purposes.

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Why Should You Hire Hatfield Law for Conspiracy

Hatfield Law has successfully secured case dismissals, charge reductions, and alternative sentences to avoid jail. We negotiate to our clients satisfaction, or demand your day in court. At Hatfield Law, we review every fact and aspect of the investigation against you. We rely on our experience to ensure the best result. You can depend on us to keep you informed about your case every step of the way. Our attorneys are always at hand to answer any questions that you may have.

If you want to schedule a free consultation with one of our conspiracy & solicitation attorneys, feel free to contact us now. You can call Hatfield Law at 812-422-0222 or send an email to ryan@hatfieldlaw.com or david@hatfieldlaw.com.

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What Can Our Arson Attorneys Do?

Our arson attorneys are well-versed in the latest arson laws and defenses. In Indiana, Arson charges range from a level 6 felony to a level 2 felony, and factors that determine the appropriate felony level are as below:

  • Type of building burned – burning public or residential property is considered more serious than burning an abandoned property.
  • Injuries of a person due to the arson
  • Value of building burned
  • Proximity of people to the burned building
  • Whether the accused took payment from another party in committing the crime
  • Whether the crime was committed to defraud

Why Hire Hatfield Law for Arson Cases?

At Hatfield Law, your lawyer will independently investigate your case, including hiring a fire and reconstruction expert if necessary. We investigate fire cases from every angle because we believe our fire/arson experience matters when it comes to securing the best result for you.

If you want to schedule a free consultation with one of our arson attorneys, feel free to contact us now. You can call Hatfield Law at 812-422-0222 or send an email to ryan@hatfieldlaw.com or david@hatfieldlaw.com.

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