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Andrew L. Bennett

Andrew L. Bennett

Bennett & Catsadimas, P.C.
  • Criminal Law, DUI & DWI, Traffic Tickets ...
  • Indiana
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Biography

I am an experienced criminal trial attorney, with over 22 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, experience & dedication to work for you.

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 Experience
Bennett & Catsadimas, P.C.
Current
Speaking Engagements
Prosecutor Perspective in OWI cases and substance abuse treatment, Fall Conference, Nashville, IN
Panel discussion for Introduction to Courts, Ivy Tech College
Panel discussion on Criminal Justice System, the role of the Police, Prosecutor and Defense Attorney, Criminal Law class
Ivy Tech College
Awards
Client's Choice Award
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Professional Associations
Indiana State Bar  # 20788-45
Member
Current
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Lake County Bar Association
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Activities: Criminal Defense section
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Porter County Bar Association
- Current
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American Inns of Court, Calumet Council
Master of the Bench
- Current
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Indiana
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Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    I do offer flexible payment plans that work with your budget.
Practice Areas
    Criminal Law
    Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
    DUI & DWI
    Traffic Tickets
    Suspended License
    Domestic Violence
    Domestic Violence Criminal Defense, Domestic Violence Restraining Orders
    White Collar Crime
Additional Practice Areas
  • Specialized Driving Privileges
  • Expungements
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Legal Answers
Q. can you please impound my vehicle if I have a warrant out for my arrest for probation violation
A: I am assuming you meant "can police impound my vehicle . . . " If you are stopped in your vehicle and on a public road or location and not your property, the police can impound your vehicle as part of their caretaking function to prevent theft or damage. If it is in a location where those are not concerns then there is an argument to not have your vehicle impounded.
Q. Can someone get arrested for resisting arrest if they are not commiting a crime?
A: It sounds like there is a lot going on and to accurately answer the questions, to get all the details, he needs to consult with a criminal defense attorney sooner than later.
Q. Can someone be charged with unlawful possession of a syringe in Indiana if it was just found NEAR them in a public place
A: In Indiana, possession can be either actual (on the person) or constructive. To be constructive possession the state will need to prove that it was within his dominion and control. Obviously, if it was found by him it is within his dominion, however, they also must prove he knew of its existence. If it was his then that you be met, however, if someone who beat him dropped it then there is no proof of its existence. Your brother should consult with a private attorney if he can afford one. Drugs do not have to be found in the syringe to be unlawful, unless he can show he takes prescribed medication by injection then the fact that no drugs were found/tested does not make it a non crime.
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Contact & Map
Bennett & Catsadimas, P.C.
205 E Jefferson Street
Valparaiso, IN 46383
Telephone: (219) 228-8886
Fax: (219) 228-8626
Monday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM (Today)
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed