LAW OFFICE OF KIRK FREEMAN
A resident of Indiana, Kirk S. Freeman was born in Indianapolis, Indiana and received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Indiana University. He then went on to receive his Juris Doctorate from Chicago-Kent College of Law. In 1995 he was the winner of the Federal Civil Rights Legal Defense Fund Law Review Note of the Year.
From 1995-1999 he served as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Tippecanoe County. In 2000 he joined a general practice firm in Frankfort, Indiana and, in 2001,opened his own office in Lafayette. For the past nine years he has served central Indiana, specializing in Criminal Defense, Divorce and Administrative Law.
Please Call: (765) 429-7035
Areas of Practice
80% Criminal Defense, including trial, appeal and post conviction relief
10% Family Law, including paternity, adoption and divorce
10% Administrative Law. including professional licenses, zoning, licenses to carry handguns, inter alia. Legal Experience
Kirk S. Freeman has successfully represented individuals
*during divorce and post-dissolution matters.
*in maintaining their professional licenses (nurses, pharmacists, et cetera).
*during administration proceedings to revoke their license to carry a handgun.
*individuals accused of murder at jury trial.
*accused of attempted murder.
*in matters of Self Defense.
*accused of Arson (prosecution dismissed in middle of trial).
*in many different alleged crimes such as Burglary, Dealing Cocaine, Dealing Methamphetamines, Criminal Recklessness with a Vehicle, Habitual Traffic Violator, Operating While Intoxicated, Public Intoxication, Minor in Consumption, inter alia.
*in over 25 counties in Indiana.
*on appeal, reducing criminal sentences.
*in modified sentences and vacated convictions in post-conviction proceedings.
*also successfully filed motions to dismiss and suppress on search and seizure grounds as well as jurisdiction, speedy trial and other constitutional matters.
*successfully obtained expungements after defending Purdue students.
*successfully represented businesses during gaming and liquor licensing matters.FAQQ: When do I go to court?
A: Without question, this is the most asked question I receive.
If it is a criminal case, you will not receive a court date until the Prosecuting Attorney files your case with the court. For a misdemeanor, you will likely be sent a summons (i.e. Order to Appear). For felonies, class C and higher, a warrant for your arrest will be issued.
When I receive a new court date, I will advise you. Court dates are set by courts, in all cases. If you need a continuance, please contact me so that a motion may be filed.
Q: How long will a criminal case take?
A: It is impossible to predict when a particular case will be completed, as each case is different. In criminal law, there is always the possibility of appeal of a court's decision or a conviction. If your case is set for trial, please understand that because there will be multiple cases set for trial on each date, that your case will not always be number one. It is not unusual for dates to be continued several times. Please understand that I do not control this. The court sets dates and your case will be tried according to the court's priority list.
Q: What if I can't come to a court date?
A: Then please contact me and I will motion the court for a continuance. Legitimate reasons for a continuance include unavailability because of medical concerns, transportation issues or other unpredicted circumstances.
Q: What should I do after I've been arrested and what are my options?
A: I get this question a lot by people who are upset and confused. My recommendation is to turn nervous energy into productive energy.
1. Shut up. Don't speak with anyone but your attorney about your case. Too often people undermine their best interests by talking unnecessarily.
2. Write down what you remember. Create a time line of what happened and when.
3. Write down all potential witnesses and take photographs, as appropriate.
4. Speak with an attorney.
Q: What am I looking at?
A: The Indiana Sentencing Regime look like this:
Murder - 45-65, death and Life Without Parole available
Class A Felony (Attempted Murder, Dealing in Cocaine, etc.) – 20-50 years, 0-10,000 fine
Class B Felony (Burglary, Aggravated Battery, etc.) – 6-20 years, 0-10,000 fine
Class C Felony (Forgery, HTV Life, etc.) – 2-8 years, 0-10,000 fine
Class D Felony (OWI with Prior, Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Marijuana over Thirty Grams, etc.) – 6 month-3 years, 0-10,000 fine
Class A Misdemeanors (OWI, Criminal Trespass, etc.) – 0-365 days, 0-5,000 fine
Class B Misdemeanors (Public Intoxication, Speed Contest, etc.) - 0-180 days, 0-1,000 fine
Class C Misdemeanors (Minor in Consumption, Minor in Tavern, etc.) – 0-60 days, 0-500 fine
Infractions – fines, no jail time
Each Case is different and any potential sentence draws on variables such as prior convictions, victim recommendations, whether a defendant is on parole or probation, etcetera.
Q. What are your fees?
A. Criminal cases are usually done as a flat fee (one price for all representation through trial, if any). Civil cases are usually done per hour. Because fees vary, it is best to discuss fees with me directly.