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Sean Kelly Hessler

Criminal defense Attorney at Indianapolis, IN

5.0   18 reviews

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About Sean

Learn Sean’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    40%
    Whether you are convicted of a misdemeanor or a felony, you will have to deal with more than the statutory penalties.

    17 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    10%
    When you’re accused of getting behind the wheel of a car after consuming alcohol or drugs in Indiana, you may be charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated, also known as OWI, DUI, or OVWI. OWVI can be a serious misdemeanor or felony offense.

    17 years

  3. Expungement
    10%

    10 years

  4. Family
    10%

  5. Federal crime
    10%

    10 years

  6. Juvenile law
    10%
    The juvenile justice system in Indiana is complex, and can seem mystifying to people who don’t encounter it every day.

    17 years, 100 cases

  7. Probate
    10%

    7 years

My name is Sean Hessler, and I'm an Indianapolis criminal defense lawyer focused on protecting my clients' rights and defending their freedom. I'm originally from Indiana, and I attended Monmouth University for college and Indiana University for law school. I always knew I wanted to work and live in Indianapolis, where I felt like I could do the most with criminal defense.

After law school, I spent several years as a deputy prosecutor in Marion County, where I had the opportunity to see how the State handles criminal cases. Many of my cases focused on gang violence and drug crimes. I left my role as a prosecutor because I wanted to help people who have been wrongfully accused of crimes, as well as people whose rights are at stake.

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Licensed for 16 years
State IN
Status Active In Good Standing
Acquired 2006
Updated 01/03/2023

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

Contact Sean

Hessler Law, PC
120 E Market St Ste 420
Indianapolis, IN, 46204-3282

Reviews

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Posted by Melissa | September 10, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent communication and advice
Sean was responsive to my concerns, answered questions in a timely manner, and provided me with the best advice for my situation. He is friendly, professional, and supportive and gives explanations for different decisions and options.
Posted by Riley Doyle | August 18, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wonderful Experience
Sean & his team were not only professional & experienced, they were unbelievable at communicating with myself throughout the process. Each step of the case was reviewed internally & discussed on a phone call with myself, prior to direction being taken. He was knowledgeable and was able to advise intelligently based on each variable in the case. I could not be happier with the service I received.
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Posted by Haley | August 12, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing!!
The team was very responsive with each and every concern myself and my family had. Sean was always honest and straight forward about what to expect with each and every step. The communication was great. Highly recommend.
Posted by TONY | August 20, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Strongly recommend!
Sean's expertise helped me dismiss my case. The privilege of having online account helped me maintain communications with Sean. He was prompt in answering any questions regarding my case. Becky was quick at providing updates and informing about each stage where case was going.
Posted by anonymous | March 19, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Strongly Recommend for DUI Cases
I found Sean Hessler to be very competent and professional. He gave extremely helpful counsel and fought very hard on my behalf. I would recommend his services to anyone dealing with OVWI or similar charges.
Posted by Catherine | November 14, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Always Informed and Prepared
I called Hessler Law seeking counsel for my husband. They were the second law office I called and only law office to answer the phone and provide me with information in regard to my husband’s case. Sean and Becky kept us informed and prepared. Very pleased with the results!
Posted by anonymous | February 12, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesome Duo
Sean and Becky are two wonderful people, working to help those of us who are basically ignorant of the criminal court/law enforcement system. I was caught up in an unpleasant law enforcement situation and didn't know where to turn. I called Sean at Hessler Law, and he met me at the courtroom the very next day. From that moment, Sean and Becky (who was very capable and helpful) guided me through all of the demands and expectations of the prosecutor's office to finally have the case dismissed and future court dates in the matter vacated. The attorney fees were reasonable, and the services were exceptional. I would certainly recommend Sean and Becky to anyone who is slammed with a criminal justice matter that seems to be overwhelming to the average citizen.
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Posted by anonymous | February 7, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer
My first time in trouble with the law ever. I was very terrified, but working with Mr Hessler made feel calm, he is very professional and Becky is the best. Even though my case didn't go the way I wanted, I know he did everything he could considering the fact. In the end he helped me make the right decision and I would hire him again in a heart beat. So please talk to Mr Hessler before you admit anything out of fear that you cant take it back. Thank you.
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Posted by Roger | January 18, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Everything was going great and then ...
Imagine walking through life, day by day, year after year. Confident but not cocky. You've never been in trouble in your life and you've had minimal interaction with the police. You're on cruise control. A full-fledged contributing member of society. An adult. Then ... You call a police officer because you lock your keys in your car only to find out that you have TWO FELONY CHECK FRAUD CHARGES OUT OF STATE!! I'm going to skip past the 23-day unwanted vacation I spent in the luxurious Clermont County Jail while waiting transport to Indianapolis Indiana. I appear at my initial hearing confident that this was a mistake. The courthouse staff could not find my paperwork because the charges were so old, pre-internet and were being stored at an off-site location. Then I got the bad news. Someone had found some old payroll checks laying around and cashed $14,000+ worth of checks using my signature. Nervously I start searching Google and calling attorneys in the Indianapolis area. Late that evening around 11 p.m. or so I was live chatting with a paralegal at Mr Hesslers office. I received a follow-up phone call the next day to discuss the charges and my options. This was the first time while searching Google and making phone calls to find an Indianapolis attorney that I actually felt that not only this person could help but they were eager to help and confident they could bring the matter to a positive resolution. At the risk of running on or sounding redundant let me finish by saying this. I live in Cincinnati Ohio. I have never met Mr. Hessler. I have never met Becky who was my contact at his office throughout this entire ordeal. I was quoted a price. They offered me a payment plan which I took advantage of and there were no hidden charges. Did I mention my case got dismissed?! Thats right. I have never been back to Indianapolis since my initial hearing before hiring Mr. Hessler. Mr Hessler if you are reading this I could write this review using just one word. PROFESSIONALISM From the very first phone call to the very last email your company has been nothing but professional. Your staff was always friendly and eager to help.
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Posted by anonymous | May 3, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable and Personal
Sean helped explain the legal process to me thoroughly and ensured I knew all of my options in a manner I understood and felt comfortable. Rebecca does a wonderful job also of being professional but providing great customer service. I would recommend this firm to anyone who is seeking services!
Posted by kevin | April 27, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
had several charges class A indecency class B possession
Mr. Hessler listen to my case said he could help me it was around the holidays so he let me make smaller payments for his services to help make things easier for me was very good at working with the court didn't spend a lot of time in court got me a good plea agreement that I was very happy with he made it very easy don't want to get in trouble again but if I do I would hire Mr. Hessler again I feel he did a very good job thank you very much Mr.Hessler
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Posted by Eric D. SMITH | April 12, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Theft case
I had a criminal case filed against me. A class A misdemeanor for theft concerning Walmart. I did not intend on committing theft and was innocent. Sean believed in me, and evidence was collected. He used every tool in the workshop and all his knowledge with discovery. Depositions were pursued, but the Wal-Mart employees did not show up. This simple, but often overlooked tool, got my case dismissed. Sean was always easy to contact. He shot it to me straight, but fought for me. I am glad he was my attorney and I will recommend anyone to him. Now I can continue with my life.
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Posted by Kim | February 21, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Thank you
I asked a "free" question online and received a very helpful answer!! I am out of state and unable to come back to speak with attorney. Thank you so much for taking the time to provide me with this valuable answer.
Posted by anonymous | February 1, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Indianapolis Attorney
We had an incident in Indianapolis that required legal representation. We contacted several attorneys and both their costs and expected outcomes were not what we wanted. We contacted Hessler Law. The price was right but most importantly he set expectations and got the desired outcome we wanted. Their office guided us through the process. I would recommend and would certainly hire this firm again if ever necessary.
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Posted by Romney E. | January 19, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Power Attorney
Sean Hessler approached my case with knowledge and professionalism. Each turn of events were handled diligently. I felt very comfortable in Attorney Hesslers abilities in handling my legal matters. I will definitely use Sean in the if need and will pass his name along as a positive referral.
Posted by anonymous | June 16, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Very Pleased!!!
Sean by far exceeded my expectations and Becky as well as Sean always communicated with me about my case. I lived out of town and was really concerned that I would not be represented well and they put that to rest really quick. He called, He emailed and always returned any call that was made to him. If anyone has any issues and is in need of an Attorney I suggest you call Hessler Law!!! Seriously!!!
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Posted by anonymous | May 2, 2016
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Great communication!
I hired Mr. Hessler to represent me on a traffic matter and he was so helpful. He did a great job communicating to me so I could feel comfortable with the process. I was just trying to get my fines reduced but he was able to get the whole matter dismissed!
Posted by Kellie | August 5, 2015
Kellie
It was a great descion for me to hire Mr. Hessler. He answered all of my questions in a timely manner. Sean and his staff were professional and knowledgeable. My case could not have went better! I would definitely hire Hessler Law again if the need arises.
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AVVO RATING 9.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Hessler Law, PC
  • 2013 - Present
  • Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, Supervisor Gang Unit
  • Marion County Prosecutor's Office
  • 2006 - 2013

Education

  • Indiana University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • Monmouth University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2003

Legal Cases

  • Not Guilty Verdict after OVWI Trial
  • Not Guilty Verdict after OVWI Trial
  • Public Intoxication and Disorderly Conduct
  • case dismissed
  • Marion County OWI & Possession Charges
  • Dismissed

Associations

  • National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Indianapolis Bar Association, Solo/Small Firm Practice Section
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Indianapolis Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Indianapolis Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Top 40 Lawyers Under 40
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2016
  • Successfully Prosecuting Gang Crimes
  • National District Attorneys Association
  • 2011
  • Successfully completing Undercover Drug Law Enforcement Training
  • Northeast Counterdrug Training Center
  • 2008
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • N/A
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • IPAC Winter Conference
  • Confidential Informants and Motions to Suppress
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (14)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sean works hard for his clients! He is thorough, prepared, and just an all around good guy. I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sean is a very thorough attorney who is always orepared for court. II endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He actively participates in the Avvo community and provides excellent answers to those who post questions here."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Sean for approximate 10 years and have observed his work in civil and criminal law. Without reservation, I recommend Sean as a skilled criminal defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sean is a very good lawyer. I have worked with him for a number of years and would absolutely endorse him for anyone looking to hire an attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sean works his cases and cares about getting results. He's well-respected by the local prosecutors, and can help anyone charged with a crime in Indy navigate their issues."
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