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I have more than a decade of experience prosecuting cases in Marion County, Hamilton County, Hendricks County and Carroll County, Indiana.  Since 2011, I have been putting that experience to work for my clients in those and other central Indiana counties in matters of criminal law, OWI/DUI/DWI, juvenile law and education law.  I look foward to talking to you about how we can best help you and protect all of your legal rights.


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 40%
    6 years
  2. DUI & DWI: 35%
    18 years
  3. Speeding Ticket: 10%
    18 years
  4. Expungement: 10%
    4 years
  5. Education: 5%
    7 years



Hourly ($200-350/hour), Fixed (always), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Joseph Robert Delamater

    I endorse this lawyer. Joel is highly skilled in all criminal matters, simple and complex. I wouldn't hesitate to send him referrals.


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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Joel. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community..


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Contact info

The Law Offices of Joel D. Hand

1512 N. Delaware Street
Indianapolis, IN, 46202


INActive In Good Standing199507/03/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell2013
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell2012
Award of AppreciationDelphi Police Department2010
Bellringer AwardIndiana Department of Education2008
National President's AwardMothers Against Drunk Driving2007
Gold Star Achievement AwardIndiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council2007
Award of AppreciationWestfield Police Department2007
Prosecutor of the YearIndiana Criminal Justice Institute2006
Award of AppreciationIndiana Mothers Against Drunk Driving2006
Executive Director's AwardIndiana Criminal Justice Institute2005
Public Service AwardUnited States Department of Transportation2005
Prosecutor of the Year AwardCentral Indiana Mothers Against Drunk Driving2004
Award of AppreciationMarion County Traffic Safety Partnership2004
Prosecutor of the Year AwardCentral Indiana Mothers Against Drunk Driving2003
Prosecutor of the Year AwardCentral Indiana Mothers Against Drunk Driving2002
Award of AppreciationCity of Beech Grove, Indiana2002
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyThe Law Offices of Joel D. Hand2011 - Present
Chief Deputy Prosecuting AttorneyCarroll County Prosecutor's Office2009 - 2010
Deputy Public DefenderRush County Public Defender's Office2009 - 2009
Director of Legislative & Government RelationsIndiana Department of Education2007 - 2009
Deputy Prosecuting AttorneyHamilton County Prosecutor's Office2006 - 2007
Traffic Safety Resource ProsecutorIndiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council2004 - 2006
Deputy Prosecuting AttorneyMarion County Prosecutor's Office1996 - 2003
Legal CounselIndiana Department of Education1995 - 1996
Association namePosition nameDuration
Indianapolis Bar Association, Solo/Small Firm Practice SectionExecutive Committee Member2012 - Present
Indiana State Bar AssociationLaw School for Legislators Planning Committee2011 - Present
Indianapolis Bar Association, Criminal Justice SectionN/A2011 - Present
Hamilton County Bar AssociationN/A2006 - Present
Indianapolis Bar AssociationN/A1998 - Present
Indiana State Bar AssociationN/A1995 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Indiana University School of Law, IndianapolisLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
DePauw UniversityPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1992
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
ACT Annual ConferenceCurrent Education Legislation2014
Indiana PTA Annual MeetingImpact of Indiana Education Reform Legislation2013
Indiana PTA Legislative Conference2012 K-12 School Legislative Update2012
Annual MeetingConstitutional Dilema of Indiana's School Voucher Program2012
2012 ICPE Members MeetingImpact of Indiana Education Reform Legislation2012
Carroll County Law Enforcement TrainingCriminal Law Update2008
Newly Elected Prosecutors SchoolIndiana Traffic Law Update2006
Lethal Weapon - DUI HomicideLegal Aspects of Fatal Crash Investigations2006
Protecting Lives, Saving FuturesDUI/OWI Report Writing2005
Protecting Lives, Saving FuturesCommon Challenges & Defenses in OWI/DUI Cases2005
Protecting Lives, Saving FuturesLegal Aspects of Breath & Blood Alcohol Testing2005
National Advocacy Center Trial Advocacy IDirect Examination Tips & Technique in OWI/DUI Cases2005
LifesaversThe Team Approach to Fatal Crash Investigations2003