SLS can provide information and assistance in most areas of the law.
Our services include free legal advice, consultation, and representation in court if your case involves a civil (non-criminal) matter. In most civil cases, we can represent you in court as well as handle preliminary matters like responding to another lawyer.
Below are a few areas of practice we deal with most commonly:
SLS provides IU-Bloomington students with advice and representation in landlord-tenant matters, including:
- Security Deposit Refunds and Disputes
- Habitability Issues
- Lease Analysis
For more information, check out “Top Ten Things to Think About When you Rent” .
Criminal Law Issues
SLS provides advice and assistance to IU-Bloomington students who have been charged with a crime in Indiana. We cannot represent clients in criminal matters, but we will give you the information you need to maneuver your way through the criminal justice system, and will refer you to local criminal defense attorneys if you need or want to retain counsel. For more information about criminal law in Indiana, check out “Cop Some Defense” [LINK] and “Party Smart” .
We have represented students seeking divorces and name changes, helped students adopt children, and assisted with guardianships and living wills for students and their families.
Expungement of Pretrial Diversion Program (PDP)
Having a criminal charge and PDP remain on your record could adversely affect your applications for employment, housing, and graduate schools. New expungement laws have been passed that now allow most individuals who have completed PDP to get their records expunged.
Frequent Offenses that Result in PDP
- Illegal Consumption
- Illegal Transportation of an Alcoholic Beverage
- Possession of a Fake ID
- Public Intoxication
- Furnishing to Minors
- Criminal Trespass (including Quarries and Railroads)
- Indecent Exposure
- Possession of Paraphernalia
If you believe that you qualify under the new expungement laws and would like assistance expunging your record, set up an appointment.
SLS has experience in helping students handle issues regarding debts, warranties, buying and selling goods, and insurance. We will interpret legal jargon, negotiate the best outcome we can, and represent you in court when necessary.
Car Accident Cases
If you are involved in a car accident, SLS will provide you with the advice and information you need to deal with insurance companies and the court system to reach a resolution.
When you feel your safety is at risk, SLS can assist you with Orders for Protection, including dealing with your landlord if you need to move out. If another IU student is involved, we will refer you to outside agencies or alternative student resources.
Preventive legal education is a big part of what we do. We publish brochures covering legal issues pertinent to student life and present to residence halls, fraternity and sorority houses, culture centers, and other student services offices and groups throughout campus to help students understand their rights and obligations, and to aid them in making good decisions.
If you are unsure whether Student Legal Services will assist you in your situation, call us at our offices (812-855-7867) to find out more about what we can do to help.