Criminal Defense

Fort Wayne Defense Attorney
Matthew S. Williams

Criminal defense lawyer Matthew S. Williams began his law career in the busy criminal courts of Los Angeles County, California, working as a deputy district attorney prosecuting criminal cases. He handled hundreds of cases every year, gaining valuable courtroom experience and a keen understanding of how the prosecution understands and evaluates a case.

In 2004, he returned to his home state of Indiana to start a private law practice, putting that experience to work defending people facing felony and misdemeanor charges in Indiana and federal courts. When you are seeking an experienced, assertive, and dedicated defender in court, contact the Ft. Wayne law office of criminal defense lawyer Matthew S. Williams.

Putting Your Strongest Case Forward in Indiana Criminal Defense

Attorney Williams represents people facing a wide range of criminal charges, including:

  • Drunk driving (OWI, operating a vehicle while intoxicated)
  • Driving on a suspended license
  • Driving on a revoked license
  • Never receiving a license (NRL)
  • Reckless driving
  • Juvenile offenses of all kinds in adult or juvenile courts, including offenses such as shoplifting, assault, damage to property, underage drinking, and drug possession
  • Drug crimes, including drug possession, possession with intent to sell, sale, distribution, and trafficking in Indiana or Federal Court
  • Domestic violence, assault, or assault and battery
  • White collar crimes, such as embezzlement, conversion, money laundering, identity theft, mail fraud, wire fraud, credit card fraud, Internet fraud, forgery, or passing bad checks


Attorney Williams also represents people facing jail sentences because of probation or parole violations and counsels on expungement or sealing of criminal records.

Indiana Drunk-Driving Defense

Many people run into problems with the law because of drunk-driving charges, called OWI in Indiana and DUI or DWI elsewhere. While drunk-driving charges are quite common, they are also very serious. An Indiana drunk-driving conviction will go on your criminal record, and it will also cause your insurance rates to increase-sometimes drastically-and it is difficult to have it removed from your record in the future.

A second OWI within a certain period of time, or other factors, can turn your misdemeanor into a felony charge. Defendants often face long-term loss of their driver's licenses if they are designated as a Habitual Traffic Violator (HTV). Additionally, some defendants face home detention, jail or prison time, or even AADP, where they must take the Antabuse pill, in order to maintain their liberty.

A drunk-driving conviction is costly in the short-term as well, in court fines, fees, and mandatory classes. It pays to work with an experienced Indiana drunk-driving lawyer if it is at all possible to avoid getting that first (or any subsequent) drunk-driving conviction.

Indiana drunk-driving defense attorney Matthew S. Williams represents people facing Indiana OWI charges both in criminal court and in administrative hearings, and can help clients secure a hardship driver's license, a probationary license, or an ignition interlock device to enable them to continue with daily activities such as work or school.

Contact Fort Wayne drunk-driving defense attorney Matthew S. Williams for prompt legal help when you are facing criminal charges. Se habla español. Free client parking located on the west side of the office.