James D. Crum

James D. Crum

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Carmel, IN

Coots Henke & Wheeler, P.C.
 | 255 East Carmel Drive, Carmel, IN 46032
Phone: 317-708-4819
Fax: 317-573-5385
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1989
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (90%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (10%)
Attorney Profile

James D. Crum is a criminal defense and personal injury attorney at the law firm of Coots Henke & Wheeler, P.C., in Carmel, Indiana. Representing a wide variety of clients throughout the Carmel area, he defends individuals in cases involving misdemeanors and serious felonies, traffic violations, drug charges, burglary, sex offenses, battery and more. In his personal injury role, Mr. Crum helps injured automobile accident victims to recover just compensation for their injuries.

Mr. Crum has been defending clients from criminal charges for more than 25 years in a wide variety of cases. He also helps clients with Indiana's Second Chance Law, which allows people who were previously arrested, convicted of certain crimes to seal their records so that they may have a better chance of escaping some of the long-term consequences that go with being accused of a crime.

A graduate of The Ohio State University, Mr. Crum earned his law degree from Indiana University's Robert H. McKinney School of Law. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana and has been admitted to practice in all Indiana state courts since 1989.

Along with his private law practice, Mr. Crum also serves as a public defender for the Hamilton County Superior Court 1 and sits on the advisory boards for the Hamilton County Drug Court and Veterans Court.

Active in professional organizations, Mr. Crum is a member of the Hamilton County Bar Association's criminal defense section, the Indiana State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Defense Research Institute.

About James Crum

Admitted: 1989, Indiana

Professional Webpage: www.chwlaw.com/Bio/JamesCrum.asp


  • Indiana Super Lawyers®, Criminal Defense, 2014

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Hamilton County Bar Association, Past President
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Indiana State Bar Association, Member
  • Hamilton County Bar Association, Member
  • Hamilton County Drug Court Advisory Board, Member
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
  • Indiana

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Contract Public Defender for Hamilton Superior Court 1


  • Baber v. State of Indiana, 842 N.E.2d 343 (Ind. Sup Ct. 2006)
  • Adams v. State of Indiana, 960 N.E.2d 793 (Ind. Sup. Ct. 2012)
  • Vasquez v. State of Indiana, 868 N.E.2d 473 (Ind. Sup. Ct. 2007)

Educational Background:

  • The Ohio State University, B.A., Journalism, 1983
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Office Location for James D. Crum

255 East Carmel Drive
Carmel, IN 46032

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Last Updated: 10/14/2019

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