Omaha Criminal Defense Lawyers

Statistics provided by Neighborhood Scout demonstrate that Omaha has an average of 21,073 reported crimes each year. On a scale of one to 100, this puts Omaha at a crime index of nine, meaning that it is safer than nine percent of cities across the United States.

In most cases, people that are facing criminal charges in Omaha may feel frightened, frustrated, and angry at the legal process complexities involved with their case. This is understandable as charges may be putting everything you have on the line. Thus, it is necessary to find an experienced criminal lawyer who can help and guide you through the entire criminal defense process.

If you or a loved one is facing criminal charges, our Omaha criminal lawyers want to remind these individuals that everyone is innocent until proven guilty.  Our lawyers have the experience and determination to help our clients become informed of their legal options, and keep the goal of achieving the most favorable verdict or settlement in mind. En Español.

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Cases Our Omaha Criminal Defense Attorneys Represent

As each criminal defense case is different, there are several different strategies and tactics our attorneys may use. In any case, there will be an investigation of allegations performed by a private investigator, which will then be analyzed when planning the appropriate course of action.  In cases where they may be no legal actions to pursue, our lawyers will allow the client to decide if they would like to proceed to a trial and defend the case on its merits or begin to negotiate a settlement.

A few criminal defense cases we represent include:

  • Assault
  • Burglary
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug Related Crimes
  • Federal Crimes
  • Homicide
  • Misdemeanors
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
  • Murder
  • Property Crimes
  • Rape
  • Robbery
  • Sex Offenses
  • Theft
  • Weapon Charges
  • White-Collar Crimes

…just to name a few

No matter the circumstances, if you are being accused of a crime, our team of lawyers will work tirelessly on your behalf to make sure the correct actions are taken to benefit you and the members of your family. We will advise a solution and seek all alternatives which will be presented in court to keep you out of jail or prison.

Types of Omaha Criminal Defense

Typically when an individual is accused of a crime, they will be required to appear in court to determine if these claims were true or false. The resulting decision will determine whether that individual will be punished or if they will be relinquished of these alleged crimes.

A few types of Omaha criminal defenses include:


Automatism is hardly used as a criminal defense. It is defined as a lack of voluntariness, unconsciousness, or excuse, where an individual may be unaware of their actions while performing an action which is considered to be illegal.


Coercion is a when an individual commits an act resulting in violence, threats, or putting pressure on an individual which influences that person to act in a way that they normally would not. These individuals usually admit to breaking the law, however claim they are not liable due to an amount of unlawful added pressure.

Duty to Retreat

Duty to retreat is commonly referred to as self-defense, and must prove that an individual’s actions are justified.  The defense in these cases must prove that the defendant was acting in a responsible manner. The defendant must prove that they avoided conflict, took reasonable steps to retreat, and intended to avoid a fight before using force.


Insanity is a defense used when an individual claims they could not control their actions due to mental health problems. In most cases, these individual will be evaluated by a forensic mental health professional to determine if these mental health problems actually exist.


Intoxication can be used as a defense as a mitigating factor to decrease the jail or prison sentence.  These types of defenses may also vary depending on if that individual was voluntarily or involuntarily consuming drugs or alcohol.

Lawful Capacity of Office

Lawful capacity of office is typically available to first responders or public servants like police, EMT’s, and firefighters.  This type of defense protects these individuals from taking responsibility for an action that would otherwise be considered to be a criminal action.


Necessity argues that an individual should not be held accountable for their actions because they were acting in a necessary manner to prevent harm from occurring.


Mistake of fact is an error due to the neglect of a legal duty of an individual which has committed the error. This is typically used with another form of defense where an action is justifiable due to the second defense.

These defenses are most commonly used in court rooms across the United States. Our lawyers have the experience and knowledge to help determine which defense will be viable for each of our client’s individual case and will work to accomplish the most favorable outcome for each of our clients.

Contact an Experienced Omaha Criminal Defense Lawyer Today

The Law Office of Thomas T. Inkelaar features attorneys which have proven success in criminal defense and will work relentlessly to help our clients achieve the most favorable outcome. We believe that if you or a loved one has been arrested and charged for a crime in Omaha, it is necessary to choose an experienced lawyer to prevent or reduce these alleged charges against you.

Being based in Omaha and Lincoln, our lawyers are able to serve clients throughout the entire state of Nebraska and beyond.

Some local areas our lawyers serve include:

  • Midtown
  • Council Bluffs
  • Ralston
  • La Vista
  • Papillion
  • Bellevue
  • Millard
  • Chaico

If you are interested in learning more about our law firm, or would like to schedule a free no-obligation case review, we welcome you to contact us at 1-877-537-4665 today. At this time a member of our staff will gather information about your case and quickly connect you with one of our lawyers ready to take your case.

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