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Let an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney Represent You

At Daniel Vaughn Law, we are a criminal defense firm that is serious about standing up for our clients.

As a former major felony deputy prosecutor, Daniel possesses a unique skillset from having both prosecuted serious crimes, and also fought for those charged with them.  Knowing the "tricks of the trade" which prosecutors use to secure convictions better enables us to aggressively and effectively fight for our clients.  Although no one can guarantee an outcome, we can guarantee that we will fight tirelessly for the best possible outcome. 

Legal Service Scope

Committed to serving Central Indiana and throughout the state. We will fight for your rights, ensuring you receive the best possible defense.

Whether you are facing serious felony charges or a minor traffic infraction, we will stand by your side, providing you with expert counsel and representation.

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Misdemeanors in Indiana carry fines with sentences ranging from 60, 180, or 365 days in jail.  Common offenses are battery, theft, criminal trespass, disorderly conduct, public intoxication, marijuana possession, and criminal mischief, among others.  Moreover, many misdemeanors can be enhanced into felonies if they are repeat offenses.


Penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs can range from probation to jail time. A conviction for driving under the influence can affect one's ability to maintain a valid driver's license and even lead to being charged with the habitual vehicular substance offender enhancement.

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Drug Offenses

Drug crimes in Indiana vary from simple possession of a controlled substance to serious dealing charges. A drug conviction can carry serious consequences such as a heavy non-suspendible executed sentences as well as a serious violent felon determination.  Further, a drug conviction can also affect the ability to apply for federal student loans.

Violent Crimes

Serious victim crimes such as robbery, burglary, intimidation, aggravated battery, domestic relationship offenses, sex crimes, reckless homicide, and murder generally fall under the colloquial moniker "Major Felony."  Typically, these offenses carry long prison sentences and are not eligible for alternate misdemeanor sentencing. It is important to have an attorney who is familiar who can properly and critically investigate the State's case to build the best defense for trial.

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Sex Crimes

Prohibited sexual acts (e.g., rape, child molestation, and child pornography). Convictions for these types of offenses can carry long, credit-restricted, and non-suspendible sentences.  Additionally, offenders are generally placed on the Sex Offender registry for up to lifetime. Defending against sex offense cases requires careful investigation and consideration of the evidence.


The process to seal or erase criminal records in specific cases. Doing so eases employment and housing with a clean slate. Eligibility and processes vary depending on location.

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Personal Injury

Were you harmed by someone else's carelessness? You may be entitled to damages.  Contact us and hear how we may be able to help recover for you.


Appeals are decided by panels of three judges working together. The appellant presents legal arguments to the panel, in writing, in a document called a "brief." In the brief, the appellant tries to persuade the judges that the trial court made an error, and that its decision should be reversed.

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Sentence Modifications

In some instances the terms of a sentence may be modified. Generally this occurs by petitioning the sentencing court for a hearing and/or by negotiating agreement with the prosecutor.  


A sentence violation is triggered by a failure to honor the conditions of a plea agreement, and/or failure to abide by the conditions set forth under a community corrections or probation contract.  The law requires: (a) written notice of the claimed violations of probation; (b) disclosure of the evidence against him; (c) an opportunity to be heard and present evidence; (d) the right to confront and cross-examine adverse witnesses; and (e) a neutral and detached hearing body.  Violation hearings are considered civil in nature and have a lower burden of proof than in a criminal case.  If found in violation, the court has wide discretion, it may elect to continue the person on community corrections/probation, modify the terms, extend the sentence, and/or revoke to jail or prison.   

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Our Approach

Our approach is grounded in understanding the law, understanding the system, and most importantly, understanding you. We assess each case from both the client’s perspective as well as the state’s, working tirelessly to build a robust defense strategy.

We leverage our substantial trial experience and knowledge of the law to aggressively advocate for our clients.

Prioritize a Solid Legal Defense

Our commitment to you goes beyond the courtroom. Remember, when it comes to your defense, you need a criminal defense attorney who understands both sides of the law. Your defense is our priority.

We provide a simple and secure online payment system, making it easy for you to settle your legal fees at your convenience.