Criminal Defense

Defending clients in Indiana and Kentucky

When under police investigation or accused of a crime, you need to know your rights and have a reliable criminal defense lawyer at your side. Remaining silent can be vital for a favorable outcome. You should contact an attorney before answering any questions or cooperating with the police or a federal agent in a criminal investigation.

William D. Nesmith served as a former prosecutor for four years and a public defender for five years. He has been practicing law since 1988 and is an experienced criminal defense lawyer, defending against the following charges:

Auto theft
Capital murder
Child pornography
Domestic violence
Drug possession
Drug trafficking
Illegal weapons possession
License suspension
Probation violations
Sex offenses
Traffic violations

Effective strategies and favorable outcomes

The sooner you involve a lawyer to manage your case, the more opportunity you provide for gathering evidence and devising an effective strategy:

  • Your attorney can investigate whether rights violations exist, such as illegal search and seizure or failure to observe Miranda rights.
  • Under certain circumstances, legal action for dismissal or reduced charges can be brought, especially if charges have not yet been filed against you.
  • Your attorney can work to have you released on your own recognizance (without bail) or get bail reduction.
  • Jail alternatives including house arrest, work release, and rehabilitation for drugs and alcohol may be pursued.

No matter how large or small your case, or whether it is a felony or misdemeanor, facing criminal charges can adversely affect your life—putting your reputation and job at risk and creating tremendous stress on family and friends. In serious cases, you stand to lose your freedom by going to jail or prison.


Many people do not understand the repercussions of a DUI, OWI, or DWI charge and fail to seek legal counsel. Your license will be suspended or revoked, creating inconvenience and disruptions in daily living. Your automobile insurance rates are sure to go up if convicted. However, more importantly, a criminal record is created when you are convicted of a drunken driving offense, and repeated offenses can result in a felony conviction.

Arrange a free consultation

Our firm offers a free consultation to answer your questions and discuss criminal charges. Understanding the severity of charges and your rights early on can make a significant difference in the outcome of your case. Call 812-402-9970 or contact us online today to schedule an appointment.