A prominent Indianapolis criminal defense attorney has been charged with drunken driving.
David Hennessy, who has represented thousands of defendants facing charges from misdemeanors to murder, was formally charged Thursday with Class A misdemeanor operating a vehicle while intoxicated endangering a person and Class C misdemeanor operating a vehicle with an alcohol concentration between 0.08 and 0.15.
Hennessy was arrested on by Lawrence police shortly after 7:30 p.m. on July 3. Police records indicate a breath test showed he had a blood alcohol level of 0.13. He was released on his own recognizance early July 4. An initial hearing is scheduled for July 19. A spokesperson for Marion Prosecutor Terry Curry said Curry had filed a motion to appoint a special prosecutor.
Hennessy earlier this year was among 40 applicants who were interviewed by the Marion County Judicial Selection Committee for three openings on the Marion Superior Court bench. He was admitted to practice in 1982 and his license status is active in good standing with no disciplinary history.