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|IN||Active In Good Standing||1984||04/06/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Indiana Super Lawyer||Indiana Super Lawyers Magazine||2014|
|2014 Client Satisfaction Award||American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys||2014|
|AV Preeminent Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2014|
|Top 100 Lawyers||The National Trial Lawyers||2014|
|Listed in Best Lawyers for Criminal Defense and Civil Rights||Best Lawyers in America||2010|
|Lawyer||Sweeney Law||2000 - Present|
|Director of Training||Marion County Public Defender Agency||2003 - 2008|
|Assistant United States Attorney, White Collar||U.S. Attorney Office||1990 - 1997|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Indianapolis Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Indiana Public Defender's Council||Member||N/A|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||N/A|
|National Employment Lawyers Association||Member||N/A|
|Taxpayers Against Fraud||Member||N/A|
|Indiana State Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Vida v. State||In favor of the Defendant|
|Wallace V. State||In favor of the Defendant|
|See all legal cases|
|Aspatore Book publication||Strategies for Defending Internet Pornography||2009|
|Indiana University School of Law||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Saint Mary's College||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Evidence in Criminal Cases||Evidentiary Issues in Sex Offenses Case||2014|
|Voir Dire-Jury Slection||The Art of Asking Questions||2013|
Posted by anonymous
I got in touch with Kathleen upon a reference through a friend. I was charged with a felony when I approached Kathleen and Chaz. They heard my side of the story. Kathleen said, "I will let you know when to worry, till then make sure you live your normal life". They put up a strong defense for me, and call it gods grace or a miracle, got my case dismissed. From my experience, I can say, she knows what she is doing, and she does it with firmness and poise. I would recommend Kathleen and Chaz to anyone who needs a strong attorney who will fight for you.
Posted by anonymous
I hired Kathleen Sweeney after receiving a riveting recommendation from a prior client. He was facing Class D felony charges in State court and realized in the 11th hour that his attorney lacked experience. He changed attorneys to Kathleen one day before heading to court. Once there she plea bargained like a bulldog, not letting go of the prosecutor until she had an acceptable deal with no jail time on the table. I knew Kathleen was the attorney for me.
I subsequently witnessed Kathleen’s defense of a colleague during sentencing in Federal court. He had pled guilty and was facing a court recommendation of 110-180 months of incarceration. She spent significant time preparing for his defense. She genuinely cared about the outcome.
Despite the prosecutor’s prior refusal to plea bargain, Kathleen was very persuasive in gaining agreement to refute claims for financial restitution. She also had done considerable research and presented numerous behavioral studies to the court in support of a reduced sentence. She was professional, but assertive, in challenging the judge’s perspectives on key topics affecting the sentencing. These factors, along with critical feedback she provided to aid our colleague’s statement to the court, influenced the judge to render a sentence significantly below federal guidelines.
Kathleen knows the law, she is very persuasive, and has the experience and relationships that make the critical difference. She is an amazing lawyer. I highly recommend her to anyone needing a criminal defense attorney.
I also consider Kathleen a very personable, caring, & honest attorney. In my case, she made special arrangements to protect the confidentiality of therapy sessions I attended. Similar arrangements were made for a polygraph I took to share with my family. After many legal planning sessions, she reached out to law enforcement and discerned that no state or federal charges would be filed. She refunded nearly all the fees I had paid her, only charging what I considered a very fair rate for her time and the special services I had requested.
Posted by Marcia
Kathleen Sweeney was retained to represent a nephew that got caught up with the wrong person, in the wrong place, at a very wrong time. He was facing some pretty serious felony charges, with the potential of spending many years incarcerated. Kathleen, along with everyone in her office were very professional and personable at the same time. While not sugar coating what my nephew was facing, she at the same time was able to bring me peace of mind. She worked very hard and diligently on the case. Because of the hard work of Kathleen and her staff, along with her tenacious personality, she was able to get all of the felony charges against my nephew dropped and he was released after doing very minimal time considering what he was facing. I would recommend her and anyone else in the Sweeney Law Firm to anyone that found themselves needing her type of expertise. I was ,and still am, very grateful to have found her!
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