PROVIDING AGGRESSIVE AND COMMON SENSE REPRESENTATION FOR CRIMINAL DEFENSE

Fort Wayne and Northeast Indiana

Northwest Ohio

MATTHEW W. CHAPEL

Trial Lawyer

Matthew W. Chapel is a Top-Rated Trial Lawyer based out of Fort Wayne, Indiana.  He is a National Institute for Trial Advocacy Master Advocate and studied under Gerry Spence.  Practicing criminal defense in both Indiana and Ohio, Matt brings over 25 years of experience to every case.

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TOP-RATED TRIAL LAWYER

Unlike other criminal defense attorneys, Matthew is an experienced trial lawyer. He won’t settle for a plea bargain if it bests serves your defense to take your case to trial.

25 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE

Matthew is no stranger to the Courthouse. If you have been charged with a crime, he will provide an aggressive, commonsense defense on your behalf.

NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR TRIAL ADVOCACY (NITA) MASTER

Matthew’s finely tuned trial advocacy skills have led to an extensive list of acquittals after trial for his clients.Matthew’s finely tuned trial advocacy skills have led to an extensive list of acquittals after trial for his clients.

CRIMINAL DEFENSE & LITIGATION

Personal Injury

Sometimes, accidents simply happen, but more often, they occur due to someone else’s negligence. When another person or entity causes an accident that results in injuries, Indiana and Ohio law allows the injured party or parties to file a personal injury lawsuit to recover compensation.

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DUI OVI Penalties Ohio

Ohio calls DUI Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence (OVI), and it carries severe penalties. These are impacted by factors like the type and amount of substance abused, other occupants in the vehicle, property damage, injuries, and deaths. Matt Chapel can mount an effective defense against OVI in Ohio.

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DUI OWI Penalties Indiana

Indiana calls Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Operating While Intoxicated (OWI), and it can be charged when operating any vehicle while impaired. Law Enforcement officers can also charge you after a Field Sobriety Test (FST) that does not include a Blood Alcohol (BAC) Test.

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Assault & Battery Charges

Assault and Battery charges can be misdemeanors or felonies, depending on the crime and its circumstances. They are interpreted somewhat differently in Ohio and Indiana and can be levied as separate charges, so your legal representation needs experience in both jurisdictions.

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Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence in Ohio and Domestic Battery in Indiana have differing applications and can also accompany other charges. Both states levy severe penalties for these crimes, so you need an attorney who understands that every story has two sides and will ensure yours is understood.

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Drug Charges

Drug Charges are complex and can differ in Ohio and Indiana, but both states routinely levy multiple charges in alleged drug offenses, like Possession, Trafficking, and Manufacturing. All carry severe penalties, so your criminal defense trial lawyer needs to know how to defend you with skill.

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DUI OWI OVI

DUI (Driving Under the Influence), OWI (Operating While Intoxicated), or OVI (Operating a Vehicle under the Influence) carry extremely stringent punishments in Ohio and Indiana. Your attorney needs to know how to defend against each one, including challenging any tests performed by law enforcement.

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No Contact and Protective Orders

Also called Restraining Orders, No Contact and Protective Orders can be issued by the court before you receive a fair hearing, but they can be terminated when proven to be precipitated under false pretenses. Trial Lawyer Matt Chapel knows how to represent your interests in these matters aggressively.

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SERVING THESE CITIES AND COUNTIES
IN INDIANA AND OHIO

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NORTHEAST INDIANA

Albion, Angola, Bluffton, Columbia City, Decatur, Fort Wayne, Goshen, Hartford City, Huntington, LaGrange, Marion, Noblesville, Peru, Plymouth, Portland, South Bend, Wabash, Warsaw

NORTHWEST OHIO

Bellefontaine, Bryan, Celina, Defiance, Greenville, Lima, Napoleon, Ottawa, Paulding, Sidney, St. Mary’s, Toledo, Van Wert, Wapokoneta, Wauseon

Beating Indiana Drug Charges: Your Comprehensive Guide to Defense Strategies

Facing drug charges in Indiana can be a daunting experience, but we have effective defense strategies for challenging them.

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Ohio Car Accidents

Over 11 million people call Ohio home, and around nine million are of legal driving age. Small wonder that Ohio car accidents caused 1,278 fatalities in 2022. In fact, the CDC reports that accidents are the number four cause of death in Ohio. Over 265,000 car accidents in 2022 led to over 6,000serious injuries. This data demonstrates a reasonable probability that you may be impacted by an Ohio car accident sometime in your life.

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Why Can I Be Pulled Over for OWI in Indiana?

Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol can have serious consequences. It endangers both the driver and other people on the road, puts your future at risk, and can lead to heavy legal and financial penalties. In Indiana, OWI (Operating While Intoxicated) law states that any substance that impairs a driver's cognitive ability to control the vehicle and drive safely, such as alcohol or mind-altering drugs, is considered OWI.

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ONCE A MARINE, ALWAYS A MARINE

Matthew’s military service in the United States Marine Corps affords him a tireless work ethic and fighting spirit, and he will bring this experience to your case. You’ll leave your consultation knowing he cares enough to spend time getting to know you and your circumstances.  He fights hard and doesn’t give up.

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