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Joel D. Hand

Integrity, Trust, Experience
Contact: (317) 608-6621
Law School: Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis - Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Jurisdiction: Indiana


About Joel D. Hand
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
Practice Areas
  • DUI & DWI
  • Criminal Law
  • Domestic Violence
  • Education Law
  • Juvenile Law
  • Traffic Tickets
  • Gov & Administrative Law
  • Family Law
Additional Practice Areas
  • Government Relations
  • Government Affairs
  • Lobbying
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  • Free Consultation
    • Free 30 minute consultations available on criminal & traffic law cases.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Professional Experience
Principal/Owner, The Law Offices of Joel D. Hand
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis - Indiana University-Purdue University IndianapolisJ.D. (1995)Law
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
DePauw UniversityB.A. (1992)Political Science & Secondary Education
Honors: Delta Sigma Rho - Tau Kappa Alpha (forensics honorary society) Kappa Delta Pi (education honorary society) Dean's List
Activities: DePauw University Debate Team Delta Sigma Rho - Tau Kappa Alpha - President 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
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
Small and Solo Firms Executive Committee, Indianapolis Bar Association
Criminal Justice Section, Indianapolis Bar Association
Associate Member, Government Affairs Society of Indiana
Advisory Board Member, Miles Ahead
Activities: Helped design curriculum for the Miles Ahead Teen Safe Driving Program. Serves as a continuing advisor to Miles Ahead founders & C.E.O.
Law School for Legislators Planning Committee, Indiana State Bar Association
Board President, Fishers Youth Assistance Program
Activities: Serves at the inaugural president of a new not-for-profit entity to provide preventative services for at-risk youth.
Board Secretary, Parent Teacher Organization
Golf Outing Subcommittee Chair, Hamilton County Bar Association
Activities: Planned and hosted annual Hamilton County Bar Association golf outing.


Website: The Law Offices of Joel D. Hand website



Main Office
1512 N. Delaware Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Telephone: (317) 608-6621
Fax: (317) 472-0640
Post Office Box
P.O. Box 7093
Fishers, IN 46037
Telephone: (317) 608-6621
Fax: (317) 472-0640