Federal officials are in Indianapolis after an increase in gun violence

Due to an increase in gun violence in Indianapolis, federal officials are joining the city's crime-fighting initiative to provide greater patrolling and assistance in five areas with high levels of crime.

According to U.S. Attorney Joseph Hogsett, "The city seems to be wracked with gun-related homicides and deaths." Specifically, a combination of drugs, violence, guns and gangs is creating a dangerous atmosphere in these neighborhoods. In fact, IndyStar.com reports that approximately 50 percent of all city homicides in the last six years happened in or near those zones. Moreover, violent gun crime increased by 31 percent last year in Marion County.

The Indianapolis Public Safety Director recently announced a plan that includes the social-service organizations, mental health providers and the local corrections department. With this plan, safety advocates will attempt to discover the root causes of violent crime and aim to eliminate it.

At this time in 2012, there were 24 criminal homicides in the area; however, IndyStar.com notes that that number has risen to 41 this year.

Ultimately, authorities are aiming to look at exactly where violence happens and what type of people are most likely to take part in violence involving guns. The added federal assistance will expand federal law enforcement presence in the target zones. For example, this might include officers from the Drug Enforcement Agency, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms and FBI.

The new enforcement plan will involve prosecution of every federal gun crime that is identified in the target neighborhoods. Federal penalties tend to be tougher for many gun crimes. When a defendant is convicted, he or she generally must serve more of the sentence before becoming eligible for release than those convicted in state court. Moreover, these suspects are less likely to be released on bond before trial. These prosecutions will be coordinated with the Marion County prosecutor, who already works closely with the U.S. Attorney's office.

As one can see, authorities will not stop to reduce the criminal activity in Indianapolis neighborhoods. As they crack down on violent crime, suspects will undoubtedly be collected at a higher rate.

Despite the increase in homicides and other violent crimes in the area, this does not mean that every suspect picked up in the initiative will be guilty. If you have been charged with a serious crime, you may benefit from qualified legal assistance. State and federal charges carry severe consequences, including ample time behind bars. To ensure that your criminal justice rights have been honored and protected, speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney in your area.