Habitual Offender Designation
In Indiana, people convicted of felony crimes can be considered habitual offenders. This designation is assigned when the individual has previously been convicted of one or more felonies (depending on the situation) and has been found guilty of another one.
The habitual offender designation is not a separate offense, but rather allows for a court to impose an enhanced sentence.
Additional terms of imprisonment may be levied as follows:
- Between 6 and 20 years for murder or Level 1, 2, 3, or 4 felonies
- Between 2 and 6 years for Level 5 or 6 felonies
Whether this is your first felony or a subsequent charge, you can be facing a lengthy prison sentence. Our felony crime lawyers in Fort Wayne can aggressively challenge the accusations made against you, working hard to protect your freedom.
Indiana's Juvenile Felony Laws
A person under 18 years of age alleged to have committed a felony crime will go through one of two justice processes.
Generally, criminal cases involving minors fall under the jurisdiction of juvenile courts. These courts recognize that children are still developing and may engage in unlawful conduct, not fully understanding the repercussions of their behavior. As such, a judge will impose sanctions focusing on rehabilitating the minor. The sanctions may include placement in a juvenile center or probation or being ordered to counseling or social services programs, among other penalties.
In severe felony cases, minors can be tried as adults. There are two ways in which a minor's case can be sent to adult criminal court: 1) when the juvenile court does not have jurisdiction, or 2) when the juvenile court waives jurisdiction (IC 31-30-3-1).
Under IC-31-30-1-4, juvenile courts do not have jurisdiction when a minor is at least 16 years of age and has been charged with any of the following offenses:
- Attempted murder
- Robbery (either involving a weapon or causing bodily injury or serious bodily injury)
- Carrying a handgun without a license
- Children and firearms
A juvenile court can waive jurisdiction for the following:
- Heinous or aggravated felonies
- Felony controlled substance offense
- Level 1, 2, 3, or 4 felonies
- Involuntary manslaughter (Level 5 felony)
- Reckless homicide (Level 5 felony)
- A felony when the minor has a previous felony or nontraffic misdemeanor conviction
At Arnold Terrill, P.C., our Fort Wayne felony crime attorneys have experience handling juvenile crime cases. Whether your or your child's matter is processed through the juvenile or adult justice system, you can be confident that we have the knowledge and skills to deliver competent legal representation at every stage.
Contact a Fort Wayne Felony Defense Lawyer
Being charged with a felony in Fort Wayne is serious, but that does not mean you cannot fight your charge. You have the right to defend your innocence and to do so with the help of an attorney. At Arnold Terrill, P.C., we will focus on your best interests as we zealously advocate for you.