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Indiana Business Law and Criminal Defense Attorneys

The attorneys of Smith Rayl Law Office, LLC serve individuals, businesses, and nonprofit organizations across Indiana. With two locations — one in Indianapolis and one in Fishers — we concentrate on the following practice areas:

Business Law

Our lead business attorney, Michael Smith, has experience in commercial transactions, securities, corporations and limited liability companies, tax exempt organizations, and estate planning. He was in-house counsel for a major pharmaceutical company for more than thirteen years before starting Smith Rayl Law Office, LLC (original Michael Smith Law Office, LLC) in 2008.

Our business law practice includes the following areas.

  • Business law and commercial transactions We advise and represent clients in a wide range of transactions and contracts, from confidentiality agreements to franchise agreements to the purchase or sale of a business.
  • Corporate and LLC Law Starting up businesses, either as corporations or limited liability companies, is a significant portion of our practice.
  • Tax exempt organizations Smith Rayl can help you start up a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, from incorporation through obtaining IRS recognition of tax exempt status, and we can help your organization stay in compliance with the tax regulations. We also work with other tax exempt organizations, including 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations (including homeowners’ associations), 501(c)(19) veterans organizations, and 501(c)(6) business leagues.
  • Business succession and estate planning Whether you’re interested in making sure your business continues uninterrupted upon your death or in setting up a living trust to provide for your assets to pass to your heirs without the red tape, expense, and frustration of probate, our estate planning attorneys can help.
Criminal Defense

Our lead criminal defense attorney, Susan Rayl, has experience defending people at every stage of the criminal justice system.

  • Investigation Stage The need for legal advice and representation often begins before any charges are filed. Engaging an attorney from the moment at which you think the police may suspect that you committed a crime can be one of the smartest moves you can make.
  • Pre-trial and Trial Stages Once you are charged, whether you are accused of a misdemeanor or felony offense, a defense attorney can be the best friend you have.
  • Appeals Everyone convicted of a crime in Indiana is entitled to at least one appeal, sometimes to the Indiana Supreme Court but usually to the Indiana Court of Appeals. If you lose in the Court of Appeals, you can request the Indiana Supreme Court to hear your case, but the request may or may not be granted.
  • Post-conviction relief If you have lost your appeal to the Indiana Court of Appeals and Indiana Supreme Court, you may be able to challenge your conviction by filing a petition for post-conviction relief in the original trial court, requesting a new trial. There are only a few grounds on which a petition for post-conviction relief can be granted. The most common ones are newly discovered evidence that was not available at the time of your original trial and ineffective assistance of counsel in your original trial or in your appeal.
  • Sentence modifications If you have been convicted and are serving your sentence, you may be able to request that the sentence be reduced. Sentence modifications are not readily granted, but they sometimes happen.
  • Expungements The Indiana statute permits certain arrests or convictions to be expunged from your criminal record. The rules governing expungements are complicated.

Our lead criminal defense attorney, Susan Rayl, has more than twenty years of experience representing people who are either facing or have been convicted of criminal charges. Ms. Rayl works primarily in our Indianapolis office, but she accepts cases from all over Indiana.