A native of Northern Indiana, Charles graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2000 with a bachelor's degree in accounting. In the fall of 2000, he matriculated at the Indiana University, Bloomington Maurer School of Law, and graduated from the University in May of 2003.
Following law school, Charles spent seven (7) years as an attorney with the Marion County Public Defender Agency, the last five (5) of which were spent exclusively handling major felony cases. During his time as a Public Defender, he litigated dozens of jury trials from a wide array of charges including murder, sex offenses, and high level drug offenses.
Charles joined Sweeney Law as an associate in April of 2011 before becoming a partner in Sweeney Hayes LLC in January of 2014. Since, joining Sweeney Law, Charles has continued actively trying jury trials in federal and state courts throughout Indiana.
Charles has secured not guilty verdicts from juries on major felony charges such as attempted murder, rape, molestation, robbery, and drug dealing, he has also achieved acquittals on less severe charges such as theft and possession of narcotics.
In August of 2013, Charles received a jury verdict in excess of $250,000.00 in a civil jury trial in Hendricks County, Indiana.
Charles is a graduate of the inaugural National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyer's (NACDL) White Collar College at Stetson University in the spring of 2012; as well as the Indiana Public Defender Council Trial Institute.
Charles is licensed to practice law in any county in the State of Indiana, as well as the United States District courts of Northern and Southern Indiana.
Indianapolis lawyer Charles Hayes, defends clients statewide charged with fraud, homicide, all sex offenses, child internet pornography, rape and drug offenses among others, in the Indiana federal courts and in the communities of Westfield, Carmel, Fishers, Greenwood, Avon, and Danville, IN among others. He also represents clients with claims for unpaid wages, personal injury, business disputes, sexual harassment, race discrimination, qui tam (whistleblower) claims, and police abuse.
|IN||Active In Good Standing||2003||10/13/2020|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Client Satisfaction||American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys||2016|
|White Collar Criminal Defense College||National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||2012|
|Partner||Sweeney Hayes LLC||2014 - Present|
|Associate||Sweeney Law||2011 - 2014|
|Deputy Public Defender||Marion County Public Defender Agency||2004 - 2011|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Sagamore American Inn of Court||Associate||2015 - Present|
|West Law Journal||State of Indiana v.s Thaker||2017|
|Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington||JD - Juris Doctor||2003|
|University of Notre Dame||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2000|
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