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Jeff Cardella

Jeff Cardella

  • Criminal Law
  • Indiana
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I began my legal career as a criminal defense attorney in Indianapolis, fighting to protect the Constitutional rights of my clients against the government. I have experience in every stage of the criminal justice process, including jury trials, court trials, suppression hearings, post-conviction relief, forfeiture proceedings, 1983 civil rights actions, appeals, oral argument, probation revocation hearings, expungement, sealing of records, hardship license petitions, specialized driving privileges petitions, and plea negotiations.
My office has been recognized as one of the ten best law firms in the State of Indiana by the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys and I have been recognized as one of the top ten criminal defense attorneys in the State of Indiana under the age of forty by the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys. I taught criminal law at the Indiana University School of Law and have served as a Judge pro tem in Indianapolis. I have represented a fellow criminal defense attorney, an Indianapolis Metro Police Officer, and two former Marion County Sheriff's deputies after they were arrested and accused of illegal activity. I filed the Federal Class Action lawsuit of Washington v. Marion County Prosecutor, in which Indiana’s vehicle forfeiture statute was held to be unconstitutional, under the Due Process clause of the US Constitution. I also co-authored the amicus brief for the United States Supreme Court case of Timbs v. State of Indiana, in which the United States Supreme Court held that Indiana’s attempts at forfeiture were unconstitutional under the Excessive Fines clause of the US Constitution. I handled over a dozen successful lawsuits against the Indiana Department of Corrections, challenging solitary confinement procedures under the Due Process Clause of the US Constitution. I also filed several successful lawsuits against the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department for arrests that violated the First Amendment ...

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
J.D. (2007) | Law
Honors: Cum Laude
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Law Office of Jeff Cardella Criminal Defense Attorney & Expungement Lawyer in Indianapolis Indiana
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Washington v Indianapolis Marion County Prosecutor
Speaking Engagements
Indiana Criminal Trial Skills, Indianapolis
IU McKinney School of Law
Course Description: This course is designed to show students how basic concepts of criminal procedure are tested in the courtroom. By participating in a series of oral advocacy assignments, students will hone their oral and written trial advocacy skills. Over the course of a semester, each student will either serve as an advocate or judge for the following advocacy exercises: bail/bond hearings, pre-trial motions, motions to suppress evidence, miscellaneous issues during trial, and sentencing...
Nationally Ranked top 10 Under 40
National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
Professional Associations
State Bar of Indiana  # 27051-49
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Indiana Supreme Court
ID Number: Law Office of Jeff Cardella Criminal Defense Attorney & Expungement Lawyer in Indianapolis Indiana
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Practice Area
Criminal Law
Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
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Q. Someone walked into BMO bank and forged a withdraw slip in another state for $16600 from savings. Runaround from bank
A: I would suggest speaking to the prosecutor's office in Hendricks County, Indiana to get an update on the case. I would also speak with the bank directly to dispute the account activity. If you do not have luck with the prosecutor's office or the bank, you may want to consider speaking with a civil attorney who represents crime victims.
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The Law Office of Jeff Cardella, LLC
350 Massachusetts Ave
# 357
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Telephone: (317) 695-7700
Monday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: 9 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Sunday: 9 AM - 5 PM