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Joel D. Hand

Joel D. Hand

27 years of criminal law experience. 100 jury trials. When results matter.
  • DUI & DWI, Criminal Law, Domestic Violence ...
  • Indiana
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Biography

Joel Hand is an experienced and widely respected litigator and registered lobbyist who knows that one of the keys to success is building strong relationships with his clients and providing a personal touch to legal representation. Joel forged his trial skills while working as a deputy prosecutor handling cases of the highest level of complexity including many homicides, drug crimes, robberies, burglaries and even a death penalty case. Now Joel uses his vast experience to help individual clients like you to seek the best possible results and attain your goals. Joel is intimately familiar with the legislative process having worked as the Director of Legislative and Government Relations for a state agency and assisted in the crafting of numerous pieces of legislation over the years. He maintains strong relationships with many current legislators and is active with the Indiana State Bar Association’s Law School for Legislators program. Joel is a 1995 graduate of Indiana University McKinney School of Law and a 1992 graduate of DePauw University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in Secondary Education. Joel is a private solo practitioner with offices in Indianapolis and Fishers, Indiana. Previously, Joel worked as the Director of Legislative and Governmental Affairs for the Indiana Department of Public Instruction from 2007 to 2009 and on the Department’s legal staff from 1995 through 1996. Joel also worked for more than a decade as a deputy prosecuting attorney in Marion, Hamilton and Carroll Counties during which time he tried in excess of 80 jury trials including a Capital Murder case. For his efforts, Joel has received numerous awards and recognitions including the Indiana Department of Education “Bell Ringer for Education Award” in 2009, the 2007 M.A.D.D. National Prosecutor of the Year Award, the 2006 Indiana Governor’s Council on Impaired and Dangerous Driving Outstanding Prosecutor of the Year Award, the 2005 Indiana C

Education
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
J.D. (1995) | Law
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Certified Legal Intern - Hendricks County Prosecutor's Office (1993-1995)
Honors: Dean's List Client Counseling Competition - National Qualifier
Activities: Phi Alpha Delta - Hammill Chapter Co-Justice Client Counseling Competition - Co-Chair Republican Law Coalition - President Christian Legal Society Federalist Society
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DePauw University
B.A. (1992) | Political Science & Secondary Education
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Honors: Delta Sigma Rho - Tau Kappa Alpha - National Tournament Superior Speaker Award (1991, 1992) Delta Sigma Rho - Tau Kappa Alpha - National Tournament Excellent Speaker Award (1990) Kappa Delta Pi - Outstanding Student Teacher (1992) Margaret Nobel Lee Speech Competition Winner (1989, 1990, 1992) Dean's List
Activities: DePauw University Debate Team Delta Sigma Rho - Tau Kappa Alpha - Honorary Fraternity Kappa Delta Pi - Honorary Fraternity Political Science Club - President Indiana Federation of College Republicans - State President Internship - Office of the Vice President of the United States Internship - United States Senator Richard G. Lugar Internship - Indiana Department of Education Internship - Indiana State Senate
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Professional Experience
Principal/Owner
The Law Offices of Joel D. Hand
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Private solo practice of law concentrating in criminal defense, juvenile law, education law, family law, administrative law & legislative lobbying/government relations
Chief Deputy Prosecutor
Carroll County Prosecutor's Office
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Prosecuted all misdemeanor & felony cases in Superior Court Conducted 5 jury trials, including Class A Felony Child Molest Organized, supervised and drafted procedural protocols for Indiana's 1st watercraft sobriety checkpoint Completed Reid School of Interview & Interrogation
Conflict Public Defender
Rush County Public Defender's Office
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Served as contract public defender for all levels of felony & misdemeanor cases on which the Rush County Public Defender had a conflict of interest
Director of Legislative & Governmental Affairs
Indiana Department of Education
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Directed the legislative initiatives of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction Drafted proposed legislation and amendments Worked with legislators and legislative staff Apprised Department staff of legislative changes & proposals Coordinated & provided Department testimony at legislative hearings
Deputy Prosecutor
Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office
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Supervisor of prosecutors in Superior Courts 4, 5 & 6 Conducted approximately 15 misdemeanor & felony jury trials Fatal Alcohol Crash Team Prosecutor Liaison to Hamilton County Traffic Safety Partnership Liaison to the Hamilton County Council on Alcohol & Other Drugs
Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor
Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council
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Served as Indiana's 1st Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor Designed curriculum for and taught numerous continuing legal education courses focused on DUI/DWI and traffic law Served as faculty at the National District Attorneys Association National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina Advocated for and helped draft DUI/DWI legislation Provided research and guidance for prosecutors and law enforcement officers throughout Indiana National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Public Service Award National District Attorneys Association Traffic Safety Prosecutor of the Year Award Indiana Criminal Justice Institute Executive Directors Award
Deputy Prosecutor
Marion County Prosecutor's Office
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Prosecuted all levels of criminal offenses from traffic infractions to Capital Murder. Successfully prosecuted death penalty case of State of Indiana v. Benjamin Ritchie Created, obtained federal grant money for and supervised the Fatal Alcohol Crash Team Supervised 30+ deputy prosecutors in the misdemeanor and D Felony division Conducted more than 60 felony jury trials & hundreds of bench trials Liaison to Marion County Traffic Safety Partnership Completed crash reconstruction school Levels I & II Completed Standardized Field Sobriety Training
Legal Counsel to State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Indiana Department of Education
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Administrative Law Judge Counsel to the Special Education Board of Appeals Prosecuted teacher license suspension & revocation actions Provided legal guidance and legislative and regulatory interpretation to the State Superintendent and Department of Education staff as well as local school corporations & the public
Certified Legal Intern
Hendricks County Prosecutor's Office
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Complied with standing discovery orders in all criminal cases, second chair for five jury trials including murder, burglary, and DUI/DWI. First chair for numerous misdemeanor, juvenile and traffic infraction bench trials.
Speaking Engagements
Expungements and Specialized Driving Privileges, ICLEF OVWI Seminar, Indianapolis
Indiana Continuing Legal Education Foundation
Indiana Education Legislative Update, Annual Members Meeting, Indianapolis
Indiana Coalition for Public Education
2020 K-12 Education Legislative Update, Indiana School Public Relations Association Annual Conference, Crowne Plaza Hotel
Indiana School Public Relations Association
2019 K-12 Education Legislative Update, 2019 INSPRA Annual Conference, Indiana Landmarks Society
Indiana School Public Relations Association
Provided attendees with an overview of K-12 education legislation being considered by the Indiana General Assembly in 2019.
2019 K-12 Education Legislative Update, Northwest Indiana Coalition for Public Education Forum, Merrillville High School
Northwest Indiana Coalition for Public Education
Provided attendees with a review of legislation being considered by the Indiana General Assembly impacting K-12 public education.
2019 K-12 Education Legislative Update, Indiana PTA Convention, Drury Plaza Hotel
Indiana PTA
Provided attendees with a summary of K-12 education legislation being considered by the Indiana General Assembly in 2019.
IC 9-30 & OVWI - Recent Cases and Statutory Changes, Hot Topics & Fast Cars, Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Indianapolis Bar Association
Provided attendees with an update on recent appellate decisions and statutory changes related to drunk driving cases in Indiana.
Awards
Client Service Award
Martindale Hubbell
Responsiveness, communication, cost-effectiveness
Client Service Award
Martindale Hubbell
Responsiveness, communication, cost-effectiveness
Client Service Award
Martindale Hubbell
Responsiveness, communication, cost-effectiveness
Award of Appreciation
Delphi Police Department
Bell Ringer for Education Award
Indiana State Superintendent of Public Instruction
National Prosecutor of the Year
Mothers Against Drunk Driving
Award of Appreciation
Westfield Police Department
Gold Star Award
Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council
Public Service Award
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Highest civilian award that can be given by the NHTSA Administrator
Chairman's Award
Indiana Criminal Justice Institute
Executive Director's Award
Indiana Criminal Justice Institute
Indiana Prosecutor of the Year
Indiana Mothers Against Drunk Driving
Prosecutor fo the Year
Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Central Indiana Chapter
Award of Appreciation
City of Beech Grove
In appreciation for the successful prosecution of Benjamin Ritchie who was convicted of the murder of Beech Grove Police Officer William Toney.
Prosecutor fo the Year
Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Central Indiana Chapter
Professional Associations
Indianapolis Bar Association
Criminal Justice Section Executive Committee
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Hamilton County Bar Association
Member
- Current
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Government Affairs Society of Indiana
Associate Member
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Miles Ahead
Advisory Board Member
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Activities: Helped design curriculum for the Miles Ahead Teen Safe Driving Program. Serves as a continuing advisor to Miles Ahead founders & C.E.O.
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Fishers Youth Assistance Program
Board President
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Activities: Serves at the inaugural president of a new not-for-profit entity to provide preventative services for at-risk youth.
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Indianapolis Bar Association
Small and Solo Firms Executive Committee
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Indiana State Bar Association
Law School for Legislators Planning Committee
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Parent Teacher Organization
Board Secretary
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Indiana
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U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
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U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
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Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    Visa & MasterCard only
Practice Areas
    DUI & DWI
    Criminal Law
    Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
    Domestic Violence
    Domestic Violence Criminal Defense, Domestic Violence Restraining Orders
    Education Law
    Juvenile Law
    Traffic Tickets
    Suspended License
    Gov & Administrative Law
    Administrative Law, Election Law, Government Contracts, Government Finance, Legislative & Government Affairs
Additional Practice Areas
  • Government Relations
  • Government Affairs
  • Lobbying
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Legal Answers
Q. I got a warrent that expired for not appearing for a misdemeanor driving while suspended what should I do about it ?
A: Just because the warrant expired does not mean that the case went away. The case is likely still pending and the prosecutor could ask for the warrant to be reissued at any time. You are well advised to take this opportunity to try to resolve your case. If you have not been fingerprinted and photographed as a part of this case, there is a good chance that you will be ordered to be processed by the county jail before the case is resolved. You should also the mycase.IN.gov website to see the status of your case at any time. If your license is still suspended, look up your driving record on the BMV website to see why your license is suspended and then try to resolve that issue. If you are able to get your driving privileges reinstated, the prosecutor may be willing to dismiss or reduce the driving while suspended misdemeanor charge to an infraction. It is always a good idea to contact and hire an attorney experienced in traffic law and license suspensions to help you get back to being valid and to represent you in court.
Q. Can a person be a witness in a trial if they have already made 2 or 3 statements & they are all different? Not Credible?
A: Yes, the witness can testify. Credibility of witnesses is always an issue for the finder of fact. In a jury trial, the finder of fact is the jury. In a bench trial, the finder of fact is the judge. Credibility of a witness can be attacked by prior inconsistent statements. That seems to be the situation that you have presented. Your attorney is the best source for knowing how he or she intends to use these prior inconsistent statements to attack the credibility of this particular witness.
Q. I got a speeding ticket in Indianapolis with the wrong name listed. Can I get the case dismissed?
A: Unfortunately, it is unlikely that your ticket will be dismissed if this is the only incorrect information. Transposing your name will likely be considered what is called a “scrivener’s error”. Prosecutors will probably be allowed to amend the ticket to reflect your correct name. If you have additional questions, please contact an experienced traffic law attorney in our Indianapolis area.
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Contact & Map
Law Office of Joel D. Hand
Indianapolis
1512 N. Delaware Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Telephone: (317) 550-0778
Cell: (317) 608-6621
Monday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Friday: 8:30 AM - 4 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Notice: Appointments outside of normal business hours available upon request.