Charles Hayes


Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Phone: (317) 491-1050
Fax: (317) 491-1043
Email: Email Me

A native of Northern Indiana, Charles graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. In the fall of 2000, he matriculated at the Indiana University, Bloomington Maurer School of Law, and graduated from the University in May of 2003.

Following law school, Charles spent seven (7) years as an attorney with the Marion County Public Defender Agency, the last five (5) of which were spent exclusively handling major felony cases. During his time as a Public Defender, he litigated dozens of jury trials from a wide array of charges including murder, sex offenses, and high level drug offenses.

Charles joined Sweeney Law as an associate in April of 2011 before becoming a partner in Hayes Ruemmele LLC in January of 2014. Since, joining Sweeney Law, Charles has continued actively trying jury trials in federal and state courts throughout Indiana.

Charles has secured not guilty verdicts from juries on major felony charges such as attempted murder, rape, molestation, robbery, and drug dealing, he has also achieved acquittals on less severe charges such as theft and possession of narcotics.

In August of 2013, Charles received a jury verdict in excess of $250,000.00 in a civil jury trial in Hendricks County, Indiana.

Charles is a graduate of the inaugural National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyer’s (NACDL) White Collar College at Stetson University in the spring of 2012; as well as the Indiana Public Defender Council Trial Institute.

Charles is licensed to practice law in any county in the State of Indiana, as well as the United States District courts of Northern and Southern Indiana.

Indianapolis lawyer Charles Hayes, defends clients statewide charged with fraud, homicide, all sex offenses, child internet pornography, rape and drug offenses among others, in the Indiana federal courts and in the communities of Westfield, Carmel, Fishers, Greenwood, Avon, and Danville, IN among others. He also represents clients with claims for unpaid wages, personal injury, business disputes, sexual harassment, race discrimination, qui tam (whistleblower) claims, and police abuse.

Year Joined Firm

  • 2014

Areas Of Practice

  • Fraud
  • Homicide
  • Sex Offenses
  • Child Internet Pornography
  • Rape and Drug Offenses
  • Unpaid Wages
  • Personal Injury
  • Business Disputes
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Race Discrimination
  • Qui Tam (Whistleblower) Claims
  • Police Abuse
  • Sexual Abuse Plaintiff

Bar Admissions

  • Indiana
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana


  • Indiana University at Bloomington School of Law, Bloomington, Indiana
    • J.D. – 2003
  • University of Notre Dame
    • B.A. – 2000
    • Major: Accounting
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyer’s (NACDL) White Collar College at
  • Stetson University – 2012
  • Indiana Public Defender Council Trial Institute

Past Employment Positions

  • Marion County Public Defender Agency, Attorney
  • Sweeney Law, associate, 2011 – 2014