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Crown Point Criminal Defense Attorney

Respected, Resourceful, and Relentless Indiana Attorneys Ready to Take On OWI, Drug Charges, White Collar Crimes, and All Other State and Federal Crimes.
Top-Rated Crown Point Criminal Defense Lawyer in Northwest Indiana
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Stracci Law Group is a Northwest Indiana respected, resourceful, and relentless law firm handling everything from DUI and OWI charges to drug, violent crime, and license suspension criminal defense cases in Crown Point, Hammond, Gary, and Valparaiso, NWI.
For over 20 years, our team of experienced Crown Point criminal attorneys has defended thousands of state and federal criminal cases in Northwest Indiana with dedication and passion. Although every case and every client is different, Stracci Law Group's criminal defense lawyers draw on wide-ranging skills and experiences, and there is no case we cannot handle. Our shared commitment to always recognize that cases are real people facing real consequences means we work relentlessly towards a fair and just outcome for you. From the beginning to the end of your case, you will feel confident that we can help.
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How Our Experienced Criminal Lawyers in Northwest Indiana Can Help

If you have been charged with a state or federal crime in Northwest Indiana, you need a respected, resourceful, and relentless criminal defense attorney in Crown Point, Indiana. The Crown Point criminal defense lawyers from Stracci Law Group share 80 years of combined criminal law experience and can represent you in all types of state and federal legal issues, including misdemeanors and felonies, like:


Our OWI & DUI lawyers in Northwest Indiana provide trusted representation for people facing drunk driving charges. We challenge test refusals, navigate insurance requirements, defend against sobriety checkpoints, and assist with license suspensions, specialized driving privileges, and habitual traffic violations.

We also handle DUI & OWI cases involving marijuana/controlled substances, CDL & other specialty licenses DUIs, and help clients navigate ignition interlock devices.

Violent Crimes

Being charged with a state or federal violent crime, like murder, kidnapping, carjacking, robbery, battery, assault, gang violence, or domestic violence, is a serious and sobering matter. Most violent crimes are felonies that can result in long prison sentences. The dedicated attorneys at Stracci Law Group will put their combined total of more than 80 years defending violent crimes and offenses to work for you.

Drug Crimes

Our state and federal drug crimes attorneys in Crown Point vigorously defend persons charged with drug and controlled substance offenses, drug possession, drug trafficking, drug conspiracies, drug manufacturing, prescription fraud & forgery, and interstate drug trafficking interdiction stops. Every drug case is different, and each requires an attorney with the experience and skill to dig into the facts surrounding your arrest to obtain the best possible outcome for you. Stracci Law Group has successfully handled hundreds of state and federal drug cases, from simple misdemeanor possession to major felony dealing.

Sex Crimes

Being charged with a state or federal sex crime is a serious situation that requires the assistance of experienced lawyers. Stracci Law Group's sex crime attorneys in Crown Point provide tenacious legal representation for those charged with internet sex crimes, production, distribution, or possession of child pornography, transportation of a minor with intent to engage in sexual activity, sex trafficking, prostitution, rape, child molestation, child solicitation, and child incest. We also defend those charged with sex offender registration violations, offering aggressive advocacy and skilled legal guidance throughout the legal process.

Gun Crimes

State and Federal authorities take firearm violations very seriously, especially in Northwest Indiana, where law enforcement commits staggering resources to try to stop the flow of firearms from Indiana to Chicago street gangs. Our state and federal gun crime attorneys in Crown Point defend all varieties of firearm offenses, including felon in possession of a firearm, straw purchases, firearm sentencing enhancements, and firearms trafficking. Recent Supreme Court cases challenging a variety of different firearm regulations mean you need a strong defense team defending any unconstitutional firearm allegation.

White Collar Crimes

Defending white collar crimes is a complex endeavor. Give yourself a fighting chance by consulting with Stracci Law Group's Northwest Indiana state and federal white collar criminal defense attorneys. We work hard to defend state and federal healthcare fraud, bank fraud, computer and internet fraud, identity theft, public corruption, and other types of financial crimes, and will work to ensure that simple human mistakes are distinguished from actual corruption.

Traffic Ticket Offenses

If you have been involved in a state court traffic offense, you may not know exactly what the consequences are until after the fact. The first question is, “what sort of offense is it?” Misdemeanor charges can have serious consequences, including fines, jail time, and license suspension, but even traffic tickets (ordinance violations) can start you on a downward spiral of suspensions, fines, fees, and eventually criminal charges. Our knowledgeable traffic ticket offense attorneys work hard to help you keep your driving privileges.

Property Crimes

Our property crimes lawyers in Northwest Indiana offer legal assistance to those facing charges of theft, vandalism, and other property offenses. We provide legal help and guidance to ensure you receive the best possible outcome.


When you apply for a job, seek an educational loan, or look for housing, your criminal history may need to be disclosed. Fortunately, you may be eligible for an expungement under Indiana’s “Second-Chance Act.” This law allows you to seal from public view arrests, criminal charges, and convictions in most cases, subject to certain requirements. Our Indiana expungement lawyers in Northwest Indiana focus on helping individuals clear their criminal records by providing DNA and eviction records expungements. We will review your situation and advise you on how best to achieve your goals in attaining the second chance that you deserve.

Federal Crimes

Our federal crimes lawyers in Northwest Indiana are experienced in handling a wide range of federal offenses, including drug possession and trafficking, firearm offenses, violent felonies, sex and pornography crimes, white collar and public corruption offenses, and sentencing enhancements. We provide skilled representation in federal investigations and use our knowledge of federal sentencing advocacy to fight for your rights.

Post-Conviction Relief & Sentence Modification

If you are serving time for an Indiana state court crime, you may be eligible to apply for a sentence modification. Our Indiana state court attorneys will evaluate your situation and give you an honest assessment of whether we believe there is a way to lessen your sentence, either through sentence modification, filing for Post Conviction Relief (PCR), or some other mechanism like a Community Transition Court.

Probation Violations

If a court determines you have violated a condition of your state court probation or federal court supervised release, you run the risk of spending time in prison. Given the seriousness of the potential consequences of such violations, you absolutely need a lawyer. The criminal defense attorneys from Stracci Law Group will carefully review your situation and work with you and your family to pave the best path forward to protect your freedom.

Juvenile Crimes

Almost every act that is a crime if committed by an adult can form the basis for a juvenile delinquency petition. From simple misdemeanors like trespass to major felonies like aggravated battery or sex crimes, the State can allege that the child's actions would have been a crime if they were an adult. Our juvenile crime lawyers in Northwest Indiana defend minors charged with criminal offenses. We understand how to navigate the juvenile justice system, advocate for our clients' rights, and work towards positive outcomes like rehabilitation and reduced sentencing.

Firearms Rights Restoration

If you are a convicted felon in Indiana, then you are not eligible to own or possess a firearm. In fact, if you have been convicted of a crime of “domestic violence” in Indiana, you may have lost your gun rights too. Stracci Law Group may be able to help. Our firearms rights restoration lawyers in Northwest Indiana help individuals with prior criminal convictions restore their Second Amendment rights so they may once again lawfully possess firearms.

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Criminal Penalties in Northwest Indiana

In Northwest Indiana, the State’s penalties vary depending on the nature and severity of the offense

Penalties for Misdemeanor Charges in Indiana

Misdemeanor charges in Indiana are divided into three classes: Class A, Class B, and Class C. The penalties for each class are as follows:

  • Class A misdemeanors can result in up to 1 year in jail and fines of up to $5,000.
  • Class B misdemeanors can result in up to 180 days in jail and fines of up to $1,000.
  • Class C misdemeanors can result in up to 60 days in jail and fines of up to $500.

Penalties for Felony Charges in Indiana

Indiana classifies felony charges into six levels, with Level 1 being the most serious and Level 6 being the least serious. The penalties for each level are as follows:

  • Level 1 felonies can result in a prison sentence of 20 to 40 years, and fines up to $10,000.
  • Level 2 felonies can result in a prison sentence of 10 to 30 years, and fines up to $10,000.
  • Level 3 felonies can result in a prison sentence of 3 to 16 years, and fines up to $10,000.
  • Level 4 felonies can result in a prison sentence of 2 to 12 years, and fines up to $10,000.
  • Level 5 felonies can result in a prison sentence of 1 to 6 years, and fines up to $10,000.
  • Level 6 felonies can result in a prison sentence of 6 months to 2.5 years, and fines up to $10,000.

In addition to the above penalties, a felony conviction can also result in other consequences, such as loss of voting rights, difficulty finding employment, and damage to personal and professional relationships.

Federal felony charges come with harsh punishments. Some offenses carry mandatory life sentences or may be punished by death. For the most part, federal felonies are punished according to the penalty set forth in the statute of conviction. There are many levels of federal felony penalties:

  • Class A felonies result in a sentence of life imprisonment or death.
  • Class B felonies can result in a sentence of 25 years or more.;
  • Class C felonies can result in a sentence of 10 to 25 years.
  • Class D felonies can result in a sentence of 5 to 10 years.
  • Class E felonies can result in a sentence of 1 to 5 years.

Why Choose Our Team for Your Criminal Case In Crown Point, Indiana

The law in Indiana is by no means lenient on criminals, so when you’re charged with a crime, you’re going to need all-encompassing, reliable, and professional defense. 

Without effective, reliable criminal defense, you could easily lose years of your life to overzealous prosecution, and Stracci Law Group is the team that stands behind you.

The Stracci Law Group criminal defense team protects you, your family, and your rights with: 

  • Excellent communication and regular updates.
  • 80 years of collective courtroom and trial practice.
  • An entire team of attorneys dedicated to your case.
  • Free consultations to determine the best plan of action.

Protect your rights and liberty. Call for criminal defense advice right now at 219-525-1000.

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Our Northwest Indiana Criminal Defense Lawyers

Paul G. Stracci, the leader of our team, defended a murder case only 10 months out of law school and won a complete acquittal. He has since developed a powerful reputation as a devastatingly effective criminal trial attorney.

Alison L. Benjamin began her legal career years ago as a state court prosecutor. She is known to be a thoughtful and passionate litigator, and now focuses her practice on representing clients charged with federal crimes. Her tenacity makes her well-suited to resolve the complexities that arise in defending clients charged with federal crimes.

Maryam Afshar-Stewart, a former prosecutor, has risen rapidly as a criminal defense attorney thanks to her remarkable work ethic and undying commitment to the cause of justice for her clients.

Michael Woods is an experienced criminal trial attorney who has handled thousands of cases ranging from simple traffic tickets to complex homicides. A deputy prosecuting attorney for nearly 10 years, Michael knows what makes a case weak or strong, and can give clients an honest and realistic evaluation of their case.


“Stracci handled my personal injury case and exceeded all expectations. My family and I are thrilled with the recovery. I would never go anywhere else. His staff went above and beyond. Thank you very much for everything.”
Niko P., Injury Case
“Paul Stracci and his entire legal team are not only aggressive and insanely knowledgeable, but they also make you feel at ease during what is already a stressful situation. They know what they are doing, they are honest, and you can trust you’ll get the best possible outcome. They have a phenomenal criminal court and personal injury practice. Only the best works at this firm and I highly recommend them to anyone who needs great representation. You won't be disappointed.”
Jen, Injury Case
“Attorney Stracci and the team treated me and my case like I was their only client. Very professional and stayed in constant communication until receiving the disposition we aimed for!  I would highly recommend Stracci Criminal Defense to all for any legal concerns or issues.”
Paul M., Criminal Case
“With being suspended from my job for allegedly costing them money through a workman compensation injury. Not only was Mr. Stracci very detailed and kept in touch constantly he prove that I was completely innocent and got the bogus case completely dismissed quickly. He personally contacted me throughout the entire case, not like other lawyers that you don't speak to at all besides in the courtroom. I will recommend him to anyone and everyone.”
Amanda, Injury Case
“I hired Paul Stracci to represent me in a felony firearms case. He and his team were able to reach a very favorable outcome within 3 months. They are competent and professional in every way. You will not regret seeking his counsel.”
Aaron, Criminal Case
“Hired Paul the day after I got out of Lake County for a DUI. I explained my situation and told him about priors. He was still confident even after I explained that this was a 3rd. I hired him and about a month later the charge was dropped! Wish I had a Paul Stracci to hire in my younger years.”
Michael, Criminal Case
“Joshua Malher is a fantastic attorney. We reached out to him for a case, and he responded immediately, and we began the process. He explained the situation with clarity, and the results were outstanding. I highly recommend Joshua to anyone who may need a criminal or personal injury attorney.”
Sonia Mendez, Injury Case
“Paul Stracci is the best lawyer I’ve ever had in my life. Throughout the times I’ve been misfortunate enough to have legal troubles or needed legal advice Stracci Law Group has always had my best interest at heart and it has always worked out in my favor. I’d personally recommend Stracci Law Group to anyone who may need legal counsel for whatever reason.”
Anthony Davis, Personal Case
“I couldn't be more satisfied with the services Paul provided and the results he was able to achieve for me in my criminal case.”
Cory, Criminal Case
“I just want to reach out again to thank you. I’m so incredibly grateful for all your help and hard work. We both are!! My entire family is. I could never say thank you enough. In my head, I knew that he was innocent and never intended for any of this to happen. That he was only defending himself but the fact that they charged him and put him in jail was so terrifying. From the very first time I talked to you over the phone and then came in and met you both, I knew God helped me pick the right attorneys. My son was in the very best hands he could be in. Thank you for also putting up with my constant emailing, I couldn’t help myself. I wanted you to have all of the information I had. I will forever be grateful and I will also definitely be telling anyone I know that needs an attorney to come to your firm. I will tell everyone how amazing you gentlemen are for the rest of my life. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!”
Veronica Cabrales, Criminal Case
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Northwest Indiana Criminal Defense FAQs

Still have questions? Take a look at some of these answers to the most common questions people ask us.

How much do criminal defense lawyers cost in NWI?

The cost of a criminal defense case in NWI depends entirely on the circumstances. However, with Stracci Law Group, you’ll enjoy transparent pricing, a clear plan, and a communicative team.

We know that costs can be stressful. We will work with you to ensure that you get the representation you need at the right price.

What to do if I have been wrongfully accused of a crime in Indiana?

If you’ve been wrongfully accused of a crime, it’s essential that you contact a Northwest Indiana criminal lawyer as soon as possible. Our team will fight for your rights, establishing the facts of your case and taking the steps required. Early action is vital to prevent a wrongful conviction.

If you have been falsely accused of a crime in Northwest Indiana, reach out to one of our legal professionals right away.

What's the difference between state and federal criminal charges in Indiana?

Federal crimes are prosecuted by the United States Attorney's Office, while State crimes in Indiana are prosecuted by the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney. Federal prosecutions are often complex because of the vast resources the Government pours into them. Whether it's a federal or state criminal offense, your case is likely to be prosecuted by a seasoned attorney with the backing of significant law enforcement resources.

What should I expect from a good criminal defense attorney?

A good Crown Point criminal defense attorney does more than just show up. At Stracci Law Group, we go above and beyond for every client by maintaining communication and pooling our entire team’s experience and knowledge to achieve the result possible for you. The best attorneys offer straightforward pricing and a detailed plan right from the start. Call Stracci Law Group today to start working on the case plan that is right for you.

What are the steps involved in a criminal case in Indiana?

Indiana state and federal cases typically involve the following steps: arrest, initial hearing, arraignment, pre-trial conferences, plea bargaining, trial, verdict, sentencing, and appeals. During these stages, the prosecutor and defense attorney present evidence, examine witnesses, and make legal arguments. The judge (by plea agreement) or jury (by trial) determine guilt or innocence. If your case results in a conviction, the judge will impose penalties as required by law.