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Andrew L. Bennett

Andrew L. Bennett

Bennett & Catsadimas, P.C.
  • Criminal Law, DUI & DWI, Traffic Tickets ...
  • Indiana
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Biography

I am an experienced criminal trial attorney, with over 22 years practicing law, including felony trials for Reckless Homicide. The majority of those years were spent as a deputy prosecuting attorney where I concentrated on OWI cases including OWI Causing Death cases.

In my capacity as a deputy prosecuting attorney I would routinely go to crash scenes at all hours of the day or night. Many times throughout the year I would conduct training for law enforcement officers. This has provided me with a keen insight into and knowledge of the criminal justice system.

This passion to do my best and put the hours needed into a case is now brought to defending my clients in Northwest Indiana including the counties of Lake, Porter, La Porte, St. Joseph, Newton, Jasper, Starke and Marshall in a variety of criminal cases including misdemeanors and complex felonies.

I rely upon my honesty and integrity, presenting the facts in a straight forward manner. I strive to maintain a strong rapport with my clients, other legal professionals and the bench. I would like to put my knowledge, experience & dedication to work for you.

Practice Areas
    Criminal Law
    Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
    DUI & DWI
    Traffic Tickets
    Suspended License
    Domestic Violence
    Domestic Violence Criminal Defense, Domestic Violence Restraining Orders
    White Collar Crime
Additional Practice Areas
  • Specialized Driving Privileges
  • Expungements
Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    I do offer flexible payment plans that work with your budget.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Indiana
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Bennett & Catsadimas, P.C.
Current
Education
Valparaiso University School of Law
J.D. | Law
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Ball State University
B.S. (1994) | Political Science, Psychology, Business
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Awards
Client's Choice Award
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Professional Associations
Indiana State Bar  # 20788-45
Member
Current
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Lake County Bar Association
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Activities: Criminal Defense section
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Porter County Bar Association
- Current
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American Inns of Court, Calumet Council
Master of the Bench
- Current
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Speaking Engagements
Prosecutor Perspective in OWI cases and substance abuse treatment, Fall Conference, Nashville, IN
Panel discussion for Introduction to Courts, Ivy Tech College
Panel discussion on Criminal Justice System, the role of the Police, Prosecutor and Defense Attorney, Criminal Law class
Ivy Tech College
Websites & Blogs
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Andrew L. Bennett's Website Profile
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Bennett & Catsadimas, P.C. Website
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Legal Answers
655 Questions Answered
Q. I have a warrant for a level 6 felony theft with prior charge, does that warrant expire?
A: If the warrant is an original arrest warrant, it will expire six (6) months after it is issued. However, the prosecutor can always ask for it to be reissued and once that is done it will not expire. If it is a bench warrant, it will not expire.
Q. Am I a serious violent felon if I had a D felony for possion of precursor with intent to manufacture methinphanie
A: Indiana Code 35-47-4-5(b) As used in this section, “serious violent felony” means: (1) murder ( IC 35-42-1-1 ); (2) voluntary manslaughter ( IC 35-42-1-3 ); (3) reckless homicide not committed by means of a vehicle ( IC 35-42-1-5 ); (4) battery ( IC 35-42-2-1 ) as a: (A) Class A felony, Class B felony, or Class C felony, for a crime committed before July 1, 2014;  or (B) Level 2 felony, Level 3 felony, Level 4 felony, or Level 5 felony, for a crime committed after June 30, 2014; (5) domestic battery ( IC 35-42-2-1.3 ) as a Level 2 felony, Level 3 felony, Level 4 felony, or Level 5 felony; (6) aggravated battery ( IC 35-42-2-1.5 ); (7) kidnapping ( IC 35-42-3-2 ); (8) criminal confinement ( IC 35-42-3-3 ); (9) rape ( IC 35-42-4-1 ); (10) criminal deviate conduct ( IC 35-42-4-2 ) (before its repeal); (11) child molesting ( IC 35-42-4-3 ); (12) sexual battery ( IC 35-42-4-8 ) as a: (A) Class C felony, for a crime committed before July 1, 2014;  or (B) Level 5 felony, for a crime committed after June 30, 2014; (13) robbery ( IC 35-42-5-1 ); (14) carjacking (IC 5-42-5-2) (before its repeal); (15) arson ( IC 35-43-1-1(a) ) as a: (A) Class A felony or Class B felony, for a crime committed before July 1, 2014;  or (B) Level 2 felony, Level 3 felony, or Level 4 felony, for a crime committed after June 30, 2014; (16) burglary ( IC 35-43-2-1 ) as a: (A) Class A felony or Class B felony, for a crime committed before July 1, 2014;  or (B) Level 1 felony, Level 2 felony, Level 3 felony, or Level 4 felony, for a crime committed after June 30, 2014; (17) assisting a criminal ( IC 35-44.1-2-5 ) as a: (A) Class C felony, for a crime committed before July 1, 2014;  or (B) Level 5 felony, for a crime committed after June 30, 2014; (18) resisting law enforcement ( IC 35-44.1-3-1 ) as a: (A) Class B felony or Class C felony, for a crime committed before July 1, 2014;  or (B) Level 2 felony, Level 3 felony, or Level 5 felony, for a crime committed after June 30, 2014; (19) escape ( IC 35-44.1-3-4 ) as a: (A) Class B felony or Class C felony, for a crime committed before July 1, 2014;  or (B) Level 4 felony or Level 5 felony, for a crime committed after June 30, 2014; (20) trafficking with an inmate ( IC 35-44.1-3-5 ) as a: (A) Class C felony, for a crime committed before July 1, 2014;  or (B) Level 5 felony, for a crime committed after June 30, 2014; (21) criminal organization intimidation ( IC 35-45-9-4 ); (22) stalking ( IC 35-45-10-5 ) as a: (A) Class B felony or Class C felony, for a crime committed before July 1, 2014;  or (B) Level 4 felony or Level 5 felony, for a crime committed after June 30, 2014; (23) incest ( IC 35-46-1-3 ); (24) dealing in or manufacturing cocaine or a narcotic drug ( IC 35-48-4-1 ); (25) dealing in methamphetamine ( IC 35-48-4-1.1 ) or manufacturing methamphetamine ( IC 35-48-4-1.2 ); (26) dealing in a schedule I, II, or III controlled substance ( IC 35-48-4-2 ); (27) dealing in a schedule IV controlled substance ( IC 35-48-4-3 ); (28) dealing in a schedule V controlled substance ( IC 35-48-4-4 );  or (29) dealing in a controlled substance resulting in death ( IC 35-42-1-1.5 ).
Q. I have 3 active suspensions for FTPno insurance and driving on suspended. 4000 reinstatement due.how can I get legal?
A: You can file a petition to waive reinstatement fees, but it would be wise to also discuss your record with a criminal defense attorney to see if anything can be cleaned up on your record.
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Bennett & Catsadimas, P.C.
205 E Jefferson Street
Valparaiso, IN 46383
Telephone: (219) 228-8886
Fax: (219) 228-8626
Monday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM (Today)
Friday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed