Josiah J. Swinney is an esteemed attorney focusing on criminal cases at the trial level. He also has extensive experience representing appeals for both civil and criminal cases. These cases often arise in Indianapolis or Fishers, yet he takes cases in all 92 Indiana counties.
From trial-level cases through the appellate process, Josiah thoroughly explains your case and steps up to handle your upcoming trial or oral argument. From Indiana major felony defense to violations of rights afforded by the Indiana and United States constitutions, Josiah works diligently on behalf of his clients to ensure that their rights are protected.
A Respected Indiana Criminal Attorney and Appeals Attorney and More
Josiah’s advocacy has earned him the distinction of being selected to Super Lawyers® Rising Stars. This distinction recognizes the top 2.5 percent of attorneys under 40 based on a formula from Thomson Reuters, a database tracking cases across the United States on the Westlaw legal database.
This recognition and Josiah’s reputation as a skilled Indiana criminal defense lawyer are the results of his experience representing clients before the Indiana Supreme Court and the Indiana Court of Appeals. Josiah’s advocacy has also earned him return clients in cases that include major felonies and litigation of constitutional issues like Fourth Amendment violations in Indiana.
The Path to Excellence as an Indiana Criminal Attorney and Appeals Attorney
Josiah graduated with honors from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. He began his legal career clerking for Solicitor General Thomas M. Fisher. The Solicitor General handles the State’s most high-profile and important cases, allowing Josiah to learn how to litigate complex issues.
Josiah most enjoyed drafting for multiple cases litigated in the Supreme Court of the United States, one of which went to oral argument. In addition to the high-profile cases under the Solicitor General, Josiah would advise the Indiana Attorney General and the Chief Deputy to the Attorney General about whether Indiana should join cases in other states and federal circuits. Because of Josiah’s success during this clerkship, he earned the esteemed position of Deputy Attorney General, handling high-profile cases and serving his community.
Josiah currently practices Indiana major felony defense and litigates constitutional matters in trial courts across Indiana, the Court of Appeals, and the Indiana Supreme Court. You can find his many published wins on Casetext or Westlaw.
Issues that Arise in Indiana Major Felony Defense
Major felony defense is a complex area of law that requires steadfast, knowledgeable legal counsel and representation. Josiah J. Swinney is well-versed in the various issues that can arise in felony criminal defense and knows how to successfully navigate the court system on behalf of his clients.
Legal matters related to Indiana major felony defense may include the following:
- Violations of Fourth Amendment rights pertaining to unlawful search and seizure;
- Violations of the Double Jeopardy Clause or other rights protected by the Fifth Amendment of the US Constitution;
- Violations of the Indiana Rules of Evidence;
- Sufficiency of evidence;
- Prosecutorial misconduct;
- Sentencing errors; and
- Abuse of discretion by trial courts.
When these issues occur, they become an important part of a defendant’s Indiana major felony defense. An Indianapolis criminal defense lawyer in demand, Josiah Swinney helps clients file and litigate appeals of unjust convictions involving these situations and others.
An Indiana Criminal Defense Lawyer with a Mission
Josiah’s desire to give back extends beyond his clients. He is a firm believer in using his free time to give back to his community and to help those who need it the most. He is a board member and volunteer for Camp to Belong, an organization helping children in foster care connect and create memories with their biological brothers and sisters. You may also find Josiah reading a book at Eagle Creek Park or training at Indianapolis’s only circus school, Cirque Indy.
Contact Indiana Criminal Appeals Attorney Josiah J. Swinney
When you need a strong defense for criminal charges or believe there has been an infringement of your constitutional rights, such as Fourth Amendment violations in Indiana, Josiah will provide the dedicated legal defense and advocacy you need and deserve. To schedule a consultation to discuss your case, contact Indiana criminal attorney and appeals attorney Josiah J. Swinney at Camden & Meridew, P.C. by calling 317-770-0000 or 317-753-7134 or by completing this online contact form.
Areas of Practice
- Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
- Honors graduate
- Indiana University (Bloomington) (B.S. English)
- Indiana Supreme Court
- Indiana Court of Appeals
- US District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
- US District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
Community Affiliations and Involvement
- Camp to Belong Indiana, Board Member and Volunteer