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Matthew Stephen Abels

Criminal defense Attorney at Indianapolis, IN

5.0   27 reviews

also known as Abels Law Office

  • Licensed for 19 years
    State IN
    Acquired 2004
    Status
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Matthew

Learn Matthew’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    50%
    Handle all types of criminal offenses.

    20 years, 1,300 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    20%
    Handle hundreds of DUI/DWI cases over with over a decade of experience. Can also help with probationary licenses and specialized driving privileges.

    250 cases

  3. Domestic violence
    10%
    Represent individuals in all type of domestic violence cases ranging from misdemeanors to major felony charges.

    250 cases

  4. Violent crime
    10%
    Represent individuals charged with all types of crimes including robbery, burglary, battery.

    250 cases

  5. Expungement
    5%
    Help with filing to seal arrest and conviction records.

    20 years, 50 cases

  6. Speeding and traffic ticket
    5%
    Help with amending to non-moving violations or obtaining outright dismissals.

    20 years, 200 cases

Top notch criminal, traffic, expungement, family lawyer with over 10 years experience. Former prosecutor who graduated top 1% of law school class. Call me for free consultation.

 

 

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Location

Abels Law Office
101 W. Ohio St. Suite 2000
Indianapolis, IN, 46204-3266

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Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
  27 customer reviews
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Posted by Mary | December 12, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fantastic Lawyer!
Mr. Abels helped my son go through his OWI. He always was quick getting back to either my son or me. The day of court he was right there beside my son and helped him get a fair sentence and a hardship license. He is such an asset to his profession!
Posted by Shannon | March 6, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best and the goat!!!
Mr. Abels has done outstanding work for me and my family. He is one of the best lawyers I have had the pleasure of meeting and working with. He is very professional, courteous, and realistic. Awesome lawyer and easy to get in touch with.
Posted by anonymous | February 23, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional, Dependable, and Affordable
Matthew walked with me through the potential outcomes and provided me with viable options for my case. We had consistent communication throughout the entire process which lasted a little over a year. Matthew helped me reach a successful case resolution and expungement, I absolutely recommend him.
Posted by ANTHONY | November 2, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
MATTHEW ABELS YOUR NUMBER 1 PHENOMENAL YES
HELLO MY SON HUSBAND ME AND FAMILY TRULY WONT TO THANK YOU AND APPRECIATE YOU FOR ALL YOUR PHENOMENAL WORK AND BUSINESS YOUVE DONE FOR US I WORDS CANT EXPLAIN MY GOD TRULY CONTINUES BLESSING YOU AND YOURS STAY SAFE
Posted by Rosko | October 30, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Left lane ticket
Mr Abels was professional & courteous to me even though we just had phone communication! He told me what he thought that he could do for my case & he did just that! Thank you if I ever have A problem in Indiana again you'll be the person that I call!
Posted by Matthew | May 18, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Above and beyond while on Vacation.
Matthew Abel's while on vacation with his family answered my call and listened to my case.. Mind you I was calling from New Mexico with a case from 1986 and calling him for the first time ever... He listen to me with no interruptions and let me finished. He than told me he was on vacation and I felt kinda stupid.. But he asked questions about my case and told me what he would do or try to do cause no one can guarantee results obviously.. He told me he felt confident of having my case (felony case) thrown out or dismissed. I don't know if I can speak specifics but he did do that at a more than helpful price cause of my conditions and case. Mr. Abel's always stayed in contact with me and I never had to chase him down or call over and over... He called me before I ever thought of calling him or his office.. Also sent me paper work from the courts showing it was dismissed via email... Thank you Matthew and I hope this review helps others with their Attorney selection. I highly recommend and will use Matthew Abel's if I ever need to in the future but hopefully will never have to. I give him a 5 star on honesty, communication, knowledge, compassion for what he does. Great job Matthew and I am grateful for your help.. Sincerely Matthew Miles.
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Posted by anonymous | April 12, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional and affordable
Matt put my mind at ease and worked out a better than expected resolution to my case. Very affordable as well.
Posted by anonymous | February 23, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Can’t go wrong!
Mr. Abel went above & beyond for me. I couldn’t ask for anyone better for representation. He has a heart of gold & is a down to earth person that doesn’t take advantage of people in need.
Posted by anonymous | September 20, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Matt Knows His Stuff/Business
I consulted with Matt on a background issue stemming from an issue several years ago and how that might appear during a Federal Fingerprinting investigation. Matt was very knowledgeable regarding the entire issue and provided a sound recommendation. I highly recommend Matt and would consult/hire him again should the need ever arise.
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Posted by anonymous | September 14, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional and Respectable
Mr. Abels has represented me more times than I'd like to admit, but for each time, he was there every step of the way, on top of all of the procedures and paperwork. For my DUI charge, his preparation and thoroughness in making my Specialized Driving Privileges form helped in getting the judge to sign off on it. Mr. Abels appeared in court with me in a day's notice, and lifted a No Contact order that same day. The court personnel and paperwork can be very confusing and intimidating, but not so much with him there. He is incredibly knowledgeable and will not hesitate to explain anything in need of clarification. I was able to walk into the courtroom confidently because of Mr. Abels.
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Posted by anonymous | July 24, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Civil Asset Forfeiture Indiana
I highly recommend Matt Abels. He handled an asset forfeiture case for us, and he was thorough and well prepared. He looks out for his clients and his charging is very fair. He was responsive and easy to talk to. He won the case very compellingly.
Posted by anonymous | May 30, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Quick and Skilled
Matthew was very helpful in getting a traffic ticket off my driving record. I drive often for work, so it's imperative that my driving record be perfect. He was able to quickly assess my situation and let me know all options and possible outcomes to those options. He was also very responsive in responding to communication. Definitely recommend.
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Posted by Ray C | March 28, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Big Help
Matthew was a tremendous help to me when my son got in some trouble away at college. He quickly told me our options and worked hard on our behalf to have his charges dismissed. Matthew went above and beyond to file paperwork quickly and meet with us as needed to expedite the process. I highly recommend Matthew and his firm for any of your legal needs.
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Posted by Greg | February 10, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Traffic Lawyer!
I gotten a speeding ticket a semi truck back in November. I drive for a strict but good paying company. Speeding can = termination! I got a few lawyer letters in the mail. I did a online search and read reviews on different traffic lawyers. I came across Matthew Abels checked his reviews and contacted him. He called himself (not a seceretry or Rep) and I knew from the phone conversation his knowledge and experience on the effects traffic violations have on truck drivers. I hired him the following week he kept me informed and got a court date. He got my 67/55 speeding ticket reduced to a lesser charge no points and non-moving violation. I get to keep my job, record clean and I don't plan on getting a speeding ticket again. Thanks for all you've done for me Matt Abels!
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Posted by Mike | January 28, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Above and beyond service!
Matt was a huge help being that this was our first time seeking legal advice. He explained everything and was detailed answering all of our questions. Matt was always available and got right back to our phone calls or text messages. He continued to help out even after the fact. If we ever need any legal consultation we will be calling Matt.
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Posted by Nodir | September 19, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Dismissed
I found him on internet and called him he got back to me so quick. Whatever he said he did it. i didn't have to show up at the court he dismissed the ticket. Wonderful traffic court lawyer.
Posted by anonymous | May 25, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Speeding Ticket
Mr. Abels assisted me with a speeding ticket I was issued in Crawfordsville, IN. I have a CDL license and was worried this would affect my driving but he assured me he will do his best and that he did! My ticket was reduced to a seatbelt violation. I didn't have to court (which is a 5 hour roundtrip from home), everything was handled over the phone or via email which was very convenient for me, he was very professional and I would recommend him to family or friends.
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Posted by Spencer | May 3, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fantastic Lawyer
Mr. Abels was extremely helpful and very open about everything. He was extremely easy to reach and was always willing to explain everything. I would highly recommend his service to anyone in need. He knows what he is doing and is extremely available for any questions. I used his services a few months ago and he was available for a question I had today. Mr. Abels really made sure I understood and was comfortable with everything.
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Posted by anonymous | April 26, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Review of legal services
Matthew Abels is great at what he does. I say this because he informed me every step of the way of my DWI case and worked diligently with the prosecution to get me a favorable plea, which under my circumstances worked out good for me. I would definitely recommend his firm to anyone and if i ever needed to, I would obtain his services again.
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Posted by chris shaffers | April 25, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very good lawyer
Matt,was very good to me,regarding my case....I was worried about my case,being that I stay in Georgia..I didn't have the time to attend court..Matt handled it for me....I would definitely recommend this attorney...Thanks again Matt
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.9 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Owner/Managing Partner
  • Abels Law Office
  • 2011 - Present
  • Major Felony Attorney
  • Marion County Public Defender Agency
  • 2009 - 2016
  • Felony Staff Attorney
  • Marion County Public Defender Agency
  • 2006 - 2009
  • Domestic Violence Division Staff Attorney
  • Marion County Public Defender Agency
  • 2005 - 2006
  • Deputy Prosecutor
  • Marion County Prosecutor's Office
  • 2004 - 2005
  • Summer Associate
  • Feiwell & Hannoy
  • 2003 - 2003
  • Legal Research Assistant Professor David Aaronson
  • American University
  • 2003 - 2003
  • Legal Research Assistant
  • Indiana Civil Liberties Union
  • 2002 - 2002
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Education

  • American University, Washington College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2004
  • Indiana University-Bloomington
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2001

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Moss v. State 6 N.E.3d 958
  • reversed the trial court
  • Invasion of Privacy Case
  • Dismissed
  • Kirk v. State 974 N.E.2d 1059
  • Reversal of Trial Court

Associations

  • Indiana Public Defender Council
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Indianapolis Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - 2011
  • American University Law Review
  • Member
  • 2002 - 2004
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Avvo Client's Choice Award 2015
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • Summa Cum Laude
  • American University-Washington College of Law
  • 2004
  • Order of the Coif
  • American University-Washington College of Law
  • 2004

Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Career Day
  • Legal Speaker
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (14)
Endorse Matthew
Criminal defense Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is a hard worker, listens and is very respectful to others. He shows concerns for his clients and works hard to get them a favorable result."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Abels is a dedicated lawyer with an advanced understanding of the criminal law. I am a better lawyer for having worked with him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney | Jun 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Super nice guy! I referred a case up to him from Raleigh NC (happened in Marion Co) and he was very very cool about accepting it and telling me what would happen. Nice guy and a capable lawyer!"
Criminal defense Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Matt has years of experience as a trial attorney. He is professional and competent and I am confident in his ability to represent clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Matt and I were in the drug court trenches together when I was a prosecutor. He is a zealous advocate and knows how to hold the state to their burden. A hard working attorney I endorse from professional experience."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I would recommend Mr. Abels to anyone seeking legal representation for criminal defense."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matt Abels is an attorney with over a decade of experience. His charm is surpassed only by his knowledge of the law. He is one of the top criminal defense attorneys in Indianapolis."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Abels is an excellent criminal defense attorney, and a zelous advocate for his clients. He is very knowledgeable and experienced in the field of criminal defense. He has years of experience handling felonies and misdemeanors, with an great track record of success."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Mr. Abels on many cases. He is an outstanding Attorney who is very knowledgeable in the workings of the law. I highly recommend Mr. Abels to anyone needing any legal services."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Matt is a very experienced lawyer who I would endorse to anyone."
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