Joel D. Hand

Indianapolis, Indiana
Experience: 22 years
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About Joel D. Hand

Joel Hand is an experienced and widely respected litigator and registered lobbyist who knows that one of the keys to success is building strong relationships with his clients and providing a personal touch to legal representation. Joel forged his trial skills while working as a deputy prosecutor handling cases of the highest level of complexity including many homicides, drug crimes, robberies, burglaries and even a death penalty case. Now Joel uses his vast experience to help individual clients like you to seek the best possible results and attain your goals. Joel is intimately familiar with the legislative process having worked as the Director of Legislative and Government Relations for a state agency and assisted in the crafting of numerous pieces of legislation over the years. He maintains strong relationships with many current legislators and is active with the Indiana State Bar Association’s Law School for Legislators program. Joel is a 1995 graduate of Indiana University McKinney School of Law and a 1992 graduate of DePauw University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in Secondary Education. Joel is a private solo practitioner with offices in Indianapolis and Fishers, Indiana. Previously, Joel worked as the Director of Legislative and Governmental Affairs for the Indiana Department of Public Instruction from 2007 to 2009 and on the Department’s legal staff from 1995 through 1996. Joel also worked for more than a decade as a deputy prosecuting attorney in Marion, Hamilton and Carroll Counties during which time he tried in excess of 80 jury trials including a Capital Murder case. For his efforts, Joel has received numerous awards and recognitions including the Indiana Department of Education “Bell Ringer for Education Award” in 2009, the 2007 M.A.D.D. National Prosecutor of the Year Award, the 2006 Indiana Governor’s Council on Impaired and Dangerous Driving Outstanding Prosecutor of the Year Award, the 2005 Indiana C

Language(s) Spoken by Joel D. Hand

  • English : Spoken, Written

Practice Areas

  • Criminal Law
  • Domestic Violence
  • DUI & DWI
  • Education Law
  • Gov & Administrative Law
  • Government Affairs
  • Government Relations
  • Juvenile Law
  • Traffic Tickets


  • Free ConsultationFree 30 minute consultations available on criminal & traffic law cases.
  • Credit Cards AcceptedVisa & MasterCard only

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

  • IndianaSince 1995

Professional Experience

  • Principal/Owner The Law Offices of Joel D. Hand 2011 - Current Private solo practice of law concentrating in criminal defense, juvenile law, education law, family law, administrative law & legislative lobbying/government relations
  • Chief Deputy Prosecutor Carroll County Prosecutor's Office 2009 - 2010 Prosecuted all misdemeanor & felony cases in Superior Court Conducted 5 jury trials, including Class A Felony Child Molest Organized, supervised and drafted procedural protocols for Indiana's 1st watercraft sobriety checkpoint Completed Reid School of Interview & Interrogation
  • Conflict Public Defender Rush County Public Defender's Office 2009 - 2009 Served as contract public defender for all levels of felony & misdemeanor cases on which the Rush County Public Defender had a conflict of interest
  • Director of Legislative & Governmental Affairs Indiana Department of Education 2007 - 2009 Directed the legislative initiatives of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction Drafted proposed legislation and amendments Worked with legislators and legislative staff Apprised Department staff of legislative changes & proposals Coordinated & provided Department testimony at legislative hearings
  • Deputy Prosecutor Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office 2006 - 2007 Supervisor of prosecutors in Superior Courts 4, 5 & 6 Conducted approximately 15 misdemeanor & felony jury trials Fatal Alcohol Crash Team Prosecutor Liaison to Hamilton County Traffic Safety Partnership Liaison to the Hamilton County Council on Alcohol & Other Drugs
  • Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council 2004 - 2006 Served as Indiana's 1st Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor Designed curriculum for and taught numerous continuing legal education courses focused on DUI/DWI and traffic law Served as faculty at the National District Attorneys Association National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina Advocated for and helped draft DUI/DWI legislation Provided research and guidance for prosecutors and law enforcement officers throughout Indiana National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Public Service Award National District Attorneys Association Traffic Safety Prosecutor of the Year Award Indiana Criminal Justice Institute Executive Directors Award
  • Deputy Prosecutor Marion County Prosecutor's Office 1996 - 2003 Prosecuted all levels of criminal offenses from traffic infractions to Capital Murder. Successfully prosecuted death penalty case of State of Indiana v. Benjamin Ritchie Created, obtained federal grant money for and supervised the Fatal Alcohol Crash Team Supervised 30+ deputy prosecutors in the misdemeanor and D Felony division Conducted more than 60 felony jury trials & hundreds of bench trials Liaison to Marion County Traffic Safety Partnership Completed crash reconstruction school Levels I & II Completed Standardized Field Sobriety Training
  • Legal Counsel to State Superintendent of Public Instruction Indiana Department of Education 1995 - 1996 Administrative Law Judge Counsel to the Special Education Board of Appeals Prosecuted teacher license suspension & revocation actions Provided legal guidance and legislative and regulatory interpretation to the State Superintendent and Department of Education staff as well as local school corporations & the public
  • Certified Legal Intern Hendricks County Prosecutor's Office 1993 - 1995 Complied with standing discovery orders in all criminal cases, second chair for five jury trials including murder, burglary, and DUI/DWI. First chair for numerous misdemeanor, juvenile and traffic infraction bench trials.


  • Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law J.D. (1995) | Law 1992 - 1995Honors: Dean's List Client Counseling Competition - National QualifierActivities: Phi Alp
  • DePauw University B.A. (1992) | Political Science & Secondary Education 1988 - 1992Honors: Delta Sigma Rho - Tau Kappa Alpha (forensics honorary society) Kappa Delta Pi (ed


  • Client Service Award Martindale Hubbell 2013 Responsiveness, communication, cost-effectiveness
  • Client Service Award Martindale Hubbell 2012 Responsiveness, communication, cost-effectiveness
  • Client Service Award Martindale Hubbell 2011 Responsiveness, communication, cost-effectiveness
  • Award of Appreciation Delphi Police Department 2010
  • Bell Ringer for Education Award Indiana State Superintendent of Public Instruction 2009
  • National Prosecutor of the Year Mothers Against Drunk Driving 2007
  • Award of Appreciation Westfield Police Department 2007
  • Gold Star Award Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council 2007
  • Public Service Award National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 2005 Highest civilian award that can be given by the NHTSA Administrator
  • Chairman's Award Indiana Criminal Justice Institute 2005
  • Executive Director's Award Indiana Criminal Justice Institute 2004
  • Indiana Prosecutor of the Year Indiana Mothers Against Drunk Driving 2003
  • Prosecutor fo the Year Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Central Indiana Chapter 2002
  • Award of Appreciation City of Beech Grove 2002 In appreciation for the successful prosecution of Benjamin Ritchie who was convicted of the murder of Beech Grove Police Officer William Toney.
  • Prosecutor fo the Year Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Central Indiana Chapter 2001

Professional Association

  • Indianapolis Bar Association #1127532 Small and Solo Firms Executive Committee 2013 - Current
  • Indianapolis Bar Association #1127533 Criminal Justice Section 2012 - Current
  • Government Affairs Society of Indiana #1127534 Associate Member 2012 - Current
  • Miles Ahead #1127535 Advisory Board Member 2011 - Current
  • Indiana State Bar Association #1127536 Law School for Legislators Planning Committee 2011 - Current
  • Fishers Youth Assistance Program #1127537 Board President 2014 - 2015
  • Parent Teacher Organization #1127538 Board Secretary 2013 - 2014
  • Hamilton County Bar Association #1127539 Golf Outing Subcommittee Chair 2006 - 2007


1512 N. Delaware Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202 USA

Telephone: (317) 608-6621
Fax: (317) 472-0640

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