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Criminal Defense Attorneys Serving Lake County Indiana

Northwest Indiana Criminal Defense Lawyers

When it comes to situations that absolutely require a lawyer, it is difficult to come across one more serious than criminal charges. If you, or one of your loved ones, is being accused of a crime, then you should hire an attorney as quickly as possible. A criminal defense attorney can help ensure that your rights are upheld and that you receive the best treatment and have the best outcome possible. This is true regardless of the specific crime in question. Keep in mind that being convicted of criminal charges will have a huge impact on your life and could really affect your future in a negative way. In order to help avoid these issues, then, a good criminal defense attorney is a must.

How do I pick a criminal defense lawyer?

Now that you know just how important a good criminal defense attorney is, you might be wondering how you can pick a top attorney? That’s an understandable question! There are many different kinds of attorneys out there, and each one of them brings something to the table. When you start searching for a lawyer that can help you, do not panic at the sheer amount of options. Just find an attorney that seems to have the experience that you need in order to have the best possible outcome, and then set up a consultation with them. At Funk & Wendlinger, LLC, for example, we are proud to offer vast experience in a wide array of criminal cases. We understand how to ensure that your rights are respected and that you receive the attention and representation necessary to receive a good outcome on your case.

You should carefully consider your choice of attorney, of course, as they will have a big impact upon your case. With that said, do not worry over the choice so much that you delay hiring a lawyer quickly! The importance of an attorney in cases of criminal defense cannot be overstated, so it is a good idea to retain an experienced lawyer as quickly as possible to get started on drafting the best defense possible for you or your loved one. At Funk & Wendlinger, LLC, we believe that you should feel comfortable with your attorney. That is why we are happy to meet with you in order to discuss your case and how we could best go about representing you. That way you can understand how we work and better determine whether or not you think one of our knowledgeable attorneys would be a good choice to help you.

What does a criminal defense attorney do?

To put it quite simply, a criminal defense attorney defends someone against criminal charges. At Funk & Wendlinger, LLC, we have experience working with a wide range of felony and misdemeanor cases. This makes us uniquely positioned to help represent you and your needs. We have the experience and knowledge to help you.

At our firm, we believe that everyone deserves a fair trial. That means that we work hard to defend every client to the best of our abilities, regardless of the charge in question. We don’t think that it is our place to judge – so we don’t. We simply speak with our clients to get the whole story regarding the issues in question, and then we craft the best defense possible. We understand the importance of the law and of upholding the idea that everyone is innocent until proven guilty, and we do everything we can to ensure that you or your loved one receive a trial that results in a favorable outcome for you.

Do I really need an attorney?

We hear this question often. The answer is almost always “yes”. This is because even if you are facing charges and you know that you will be facing some amount of time behind bars, the kind of punishment and the amount of time for which you can expect to spend behind bars can vary wildly. This is where a criminal defense attorney can help .

For more information an to learn how we can help you, contact Funk & Wendlinger, LLC, today! We are happy to discuss your case with you and determine how best to represent your interests.

We defend the people of Northwest Indiana in all types of criminal cases including most misdemeanors and felonies. Being charged with a criminal offense, whether misdemeanor or felony, is a serious matter. It can be extremely stressful not only for you, but for your family as well. It is important to make sure that you have an experienced advocate on your side to help you through the criminal law process. Attorney David M. Wendlinger is a former Lake County Felony Prosecutor. He has handled felonies, misdemeanors and infractions in most of the courts in Lake and Porter County. He will aggressively defend your case and ensure that your rights have not been violated. He will utilize all the defenses that are available to you in an effort to get the case dismissed, obtain a not guilty verdict or to minimize potential jail time, probationary terms, fines, court costs, license suspensions, etc.

Our attorneys have routinely handled criminal cases involving charges such as:

  • Battery
  • Burglary
  • CDL – Commercial Driver’s License
  • Conversion
  • DUI / OWI – Drunk Driving
  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Domestic Battery
  • Driver’s License Suspension / Specialized Driver’s License / Hardship License
  • Drug Crimes – Possesion, Sales, Trafficking
  • Expungement / Record Sealing
  • Felonies
  • Juvenile Crimes / Minor Possession / Consumption
  • Misdemeanors
  • Probation Violations
  • Public Intoxication
  • Resisting Arrest / Law Enforcement
  • Robbery
  • Theft
  • Traffic Offenses
  • Traffic Tickets
  • Weapons Offenses

Please call our office for a confidential appointment to discuss your case with a criminal defense attorney. The initial consultation is free.

Indiana sentence range and potential fines for misdemeanors and felonies


Class Sentence Range Fine Range
Class A 0 – 1 year in county jail Up to $5,000
Class B 0 – 180 days in county jail Up to $1,000
Class C 0 – 60 days in county jail Up to $500


Class Sentence Range Fine Range
Murder 45 – 65 years INDIANA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS Up to $10,000
Class A 20 – 50 years INDIANA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS Up to $10,000
Class B 5 – 20 years INDIANA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS Up to $10,000
Class C 2 – 8 years INDIANA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS Up to $10,000
Class D 6 – 36 months INDIANA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS Up to $10,000

OWI / DUI – Drunk Driving

Being charged with Operating While intoxicated (OWI), or Driving Under the Influence (DUI) as it is commonly referred to as, is a very serious offense. Pleading guilty to an OWI/DUI offense can bring with it potential jail time, license suspensions, court costs and fines, probation costs, and mandated drug and/or alcohol classes or treatment. Pleading guilty to an OWI/DUI when you have already pled guilty to other serious traffic offenses in the past can lead to becoming a Habitual Traffic Violator (HTV). When you become HTV, you could lose your driver’s license for up to five (5) years, ten (10) years or for life.

There are many facets surrounding Indiana laws regarding OWI/DUI. Every driver is guaranteed certain rights and protections provided to them by Indiana law, as well as both the Constitution of the United States and the State of Indiana. These rights protect you during the course of traffic stops, field sobriety tests, as well as certified breath tests. The attorneys at R. Cordell Funk, LLC will make sure that your rights have not been violated and that law enforcement has followed proper procedure to determine the degree of your sobriety before an arrest is made.

When you hire Funk & Wendliger, LLC you are not alone in this process. We make sure that you completely understand the crime you have been charged with and the potential consequences of that crime. We understand what you are going through and will help relieve the stress associated with being charged with a crime. From the moment we are hired, we will do everything possible get your case dismissed, obtain a not guilty verdict or to minimize the potential consequences of the charges you are facing and work toward a speedy resolution to your case.

Traffic Infractions

Being issued a traffic infraction may seem minor, but in the end can cost you hundreds of dollars. These minor traffic infractions, if not handled properly, can carry expensive fines and court costs. If you ignore the court hearings and fines associated with these infractions, you could face license suspensions and expensive reinstatement fees. Pleading guilty to traffic infractions can add points to your license which can lead to higher insurance premiums.

Our attorneys work aggressively to get your case dismissed, obtain a not guilty verdict or to minimize the consequences of pending traffic infractions. We have experience helping clients with multiple infractions in multiple jurisdictions. We can help clients by negotiating plea agreements involving deferred prosecutions, pre-trial diversions, or pleading to amended offenses which carry no points towards your license.

Driver’s License Suspensions

License suspensions can cause serious issues for you and your family. Without a valid driver’s license, you could be prohibited from getting to work, school or child care. Without a driver’s license you might even lose your job. If you are caught driving with a suspended driver’s license, you could be charged with a misdemeanor and face potential jail time and further suspensions.

Our attorneys will work diligently to get your license valid again. We have experience helping clients with suspensions for Failing to Appear (FTA) for court dates and Failing to Pay (FTP) court costs and fines. We can help clients obtain a Hardship or Probationary licenses when they have suspensions associated with certain felonies or misdemeanors to which they have already plead guilty.

CDL Violations

If you have a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), receiving traffic infractions, moving violations or OWI/DUIs can jeopardize your job and your livelihood. This situation is even more stressful when you live outside of the State of Indiana. With all of the interstate expressways and tollways throughout Lake and Porter County, Indiana, law enforcement is paying close attention to CDL drivers. Therefore, this area sees an increased amount of infractions and violations committed by CDL drivers.

Our attorneys have experience helping CDL drivers keep their licenses. We understand your situation and the options available to you. In some situations we may even be able to handle your matter without you having to be present in court.

Call our attorneys to set up your free and confidential consultation to discuss your case.

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