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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
Avvo`
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
Website
Andrew L. Bennett's Website Profile
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Bennett & Catsadimas, P.C. Website
Website
Legal Answers
619 Questions Answered
Q. If my ticket goes to collection will I be issued a bench warrant?Or a warrant period?I dont have the$ and it's due 4days
A: If your case is an infraction and you do not pay by the deadline the court should not issue a warrant, though I have seen it done. However, your license would most likely be suspended. You should file a motion with the court requesting more time to pay and state your financial issues with paying in 4 days.
Q. How can I find who is the public defender assigned to a case.ive tried calling the office
A: If the county where the charges are pending is using Odyssey/mycase (mycase.in.gov) you can look up the case and it should list who is the PD assigned.
Q. What would my punishment be on a class B misdemeanor possession of marjiauna less then 2 grams.
A: A Class B Misdemeanor has a penalty range from 0-180 days in jail and $0-1000.00 fine. WIthout knowing the specifics of your case, it is impossible to say what will happen in court. A lot will depend on if you hire an attorney or just go in and plead guilty. It may be possible to keep a conviction off your record. Consider speaking with a criminal defense attorney before your first court date to learn more about your options.
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Contact & Map
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
Friday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday: Closed (Today)
Sunday: Closed