Criminal Defense

Few things in life are more frightening than being arrested or charged with a crime.  PLG’s criminal defense team helps people and companies that are the subjects and targets of criminal prosecutions and government investigations. 

Our criminal defense lawyers have decades of experience and have tried dozens of state and federal criminal cases, ranging from misdemeanors to major felonies. But some of our biggest victories are the ones we can’t disclose, when we’re able to persuade prosecutors or law enforcement agencies to close investigations without even charging our clients.

Allegations of criminal wrongdoing can be damaging to one’s reputation and career. The Criminal Defense Team at PLG understands that each case is unique and always keeps the client’s best interests at the center of all decisions and strategies. Our team zealously defends each client and works to achieve the best outcome for the client. Sometimes, it means getting criminal charges dismissed or reduced to a lesser offense. Other times, it means obtaining a not guilty verdict or acquittal after a trial.

The Criminal Defense Team at PLG has extensive experience representing individuals and businesses facing a variety of white-collar crimes, including embezzlement, bribery, falsification of financial information and fraud.

We also recognize that government scrutiny of businesses and their practices is increasing. Our team often conducts internal investigations for corporate clients and helps our clients understand their potential exposure and what steps they need to take, whether that is self-reporting misconduct, overhauling internal compliance procedures, or other actions.

Our team provides counsel, internal investigations, compliance monitoring, anti-corruption, and criminal defense in matters involving:

  • Bankruptcy fraud 

  • Bribery 

  • Embezzlement 

  • Expungements 

  • Falsification of financial information of public and private corporations 

  • Forgery 

  • Fraud 

  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act 

  • General criminal defense 

  • Grand jury subpoenas & investigations 

  • Investigations 

  • Misuse of public funds 

  • Money laundering 

  • Obstruction of justice 

  • Perjury 

  • Tax fraud 

  • White collar criminal defense 

Our Criminal Defense Team


James Bell

  • Over 20 years of experience in Criminal Defense. 

  • Recognized as one of the top 50 lawyers in Indiana by "Super Lawyers" in 2015, 2016 and 2019; listed in “The Best Lawyers in America.” 

  • Former partner at Bingham Greenebaum Doll, a large Midwestern law firm, where he practiced white-collar criminal defense and professional ethics defense. 

  • Former major felony public defender. 

  • Past chair of the Indiana State Bar Association's Criminal Justice Section, the Indiana State Bar Association’s Legal Ethics Committee, and the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section.


Jonathan Bont

  • Former Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, where he prosecuted criminal and civil cases from investigation through trial and defended federal law enforcement officers accused of excessive force and extreme neglect. 

  • Represents individuals at all stages of a criminal investigation and prosecution, including trial and appeal. 

  • Conducts corporate internal investigations into suspected fraud, embezzlement, and harassment.


Stephanie Grass

  • Recognized as a “Rising Star” in Indiana by "Super Lawyers" in 2018 and 2019. 

  • Admitted to practice before the Indiana Supreme Court, Indiana Court of Appeals, Indiana Tax Court, state trial courts, and the United States District Courts in Indiana.