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Andrew L. Bennett
  • Criminal Law, DUI & DWI, Traffic Tickets...
  • Indiana
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During years of interaction with Andrew Bennett, I have been impressed with his honesty and competence.
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Summary

I am an experienced trial attorney, with over 19 years practicing law, including felony trials for Reckless Homicide. The majority of those years were spent as a deputy prosecuting attorney where I concentrated on OWI cases including OWI Causing Death cases.

In my capacity as a deputy prosecuting attorney I would routinely go to crash scenes at all hours of the day or night. Many times throughout the year I would conduct training for law enforcement officers. This has provided me with a keen insight into and knowledge of the criminal justice system.

This passion to do my best and put the hours needed into a case is now brought to defending my clients in Northwest Indiana including the counties of Lake, Porter, La Porte, St. Joseph, Newton, Jasper, Starke and Marshall in a variety of criminal cases including misdemeanors and complex felonies.

I rely upon my honesty and integrity, presenting the facts in a straight forward manner. I strive to maintain a strong rapport with my clients, other legal professionals and the bench. I would like to put my knowledge, dedication and experience to work for you.

Practice Areas
  • Criminal Law
  • DUI & DWI
  • Traffic Tickets
  • Domestic Violence
Additional Practice Areas
  • Specialized Driving Privileges
  • Expungments
Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    I do offer flexible payment plans that work with your budget.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Indiana
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Education
Valparaiso University School of Law
J.D. | Law
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Ball State University
B.S. (1994) | Political Science, Psychology, Business
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Professional Associations
Indiana State Bar # 20788-45
Member
Current
Lake County Bar Association
- Current
Activities: Criminal Defense section
Porter County Bar Association
- Current
American Inns of Court, Calumet Council
Master of the Bench
- Current
Speaking Engagements
Panel discussion on Criminal Law, Criminal Law class
Ivy Tech College
Websites & Blogs
Website
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Law Office of Andrew L. Bennett, P.C. Website
Legal Answers
277 Questions Answered

Q. My son is 10 years old we live in indiana he took a picket knife to school... he is being charged with intimidation with
A: Your son absolutely can be detained either as a danger to himself of a danger to the community. You should have an attorney to help protect your son's interests. In Indiana he can request a public defender in juvenile court regardless of your income and in most cases in juvenile court the PD will get as good of a resolution as a paid attorney.
Q. Can a no contact order be dropped on a domestic battery charge if the state picked it up?
A: You need to contact a good criminal defense attorney and hire him/her ASAP. If you cannot afford an attorney then you need to request a public defender. Your first hearing is your Initial Hearing where you will be told of the charges and penalties. The judge will also ask how you plead. DO NOT plead guilty, ask for an attorney (PD) or time to hire an attorney.
Q. Is there any significant penalty for not paying a non-driver seat belt ticket?
A: The ticket is $25.00 and a non moving violation. However, not paying the ticket can result in a default judgment as well as a Failure to Pay license suspension.
Q. I have to warrants for missing court for driving while suspended they are from 2016 can I get them lifted my job said
A: Having the warrants recalled (lifted) really depends on the court. However, it is very unlikely a court will recall the warrants without you having an attorney. If you go to the court to ask you will be taken into custody. Hire an attorney who is familiar with the court system where your warrants are and go from there. Also is your driving privilege reinstated or are you still suspended?
Q. If your case gets postponed 3 times for conflict of interest should it be thrown out
A: Because the case has been postponed 3 times generally is not a reason for the case the be thrown out. However, if there is a violation of Criminal Rule 4c then it is possible to have the case dismissed.
Q. If a person that is visiting my home has a warrant, do the police have the legal right to stand by my windows
A: If the person is visiting and has no possessory interest in the home and the warrant lists another address then the police cannot force their way in unless they get a new search warrant that lists your address.
Q. After an arrest in Muncie, Indiana and subsequent bail out, how long before charges are brought?
A: Charges are generally filed within a few days to a few weeks after a person bonds out. However, the State has up to 2 years to file charges on misdemeanors and most felonies up to 5 years to file charges.
Q. I plead guilty to a class c felony 14 years ago in Rising Sun Indiana .It is the only legal trouble I have ever been in.
A: There are many criminal defense attorneys who are well versed in expungements. Use the Find a Lawyer tab at the top of the page to search for a local criminal defense attorney. Keep in mind that expungements are technical and you need to find an attorney who knows the law. Don't be afraid to ask lots of questions.
Q. I bonded my son out of county jail and now the judge has released his attorney and we have no money for attorney
A: If the bond is still available you can use it to help pay for a new attorney. If the previous attorney was awarded the bond and you do not have the money to hire and attorney, then your son needs to request a public defender. Keep in mind that many attorneys do offer payment plans.
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Law Office of Andrew L. Bennett, P.C.
105 E Lincolnway
#213
Valparaiso, IN 46383
USA
Telephone: (219) 228-8886
Fax: (219) 228-8626