Elkhart County

Are You in Need of an Elkhart County Criminal Defense Attorney?

Elkhart County, Indiana is different than most counties in Indiana in that it has two separate courthouses.  The county seat of Elkhart County is Goshen, Indiana.  The original courthouse for the county is located at 101 N. North Main Street, Goshen, Indiana.  This building remains the home of the County’s sole Circuit Court, as well as Superior Courts #3, #4, and #5.  A second courthouse is located at 315 South Second Street, Elkhart, Indiana.  Superior Courts #1, #2, and #6 are all found in the South Second Street building.  Elkhart County also has three city courts:  Elkhart City Court, Goshen City Court, and Nappanee City Court.

Pursuant to the local rules, the Elkhart Circuit Court and all 6 of the Elkhart Superior Courts receive both civil and criminal filings.  The criminal cases are assigned to specific courts based on the type of crime charged.  The courts receive civil filings subject to restrictions that preclude individual courts from handling certain specialized matters.

The presumptive bail schedule for Elkhart County is published in the local rules a follows: A Level 1 Felony carries a presumptive bail amount of $150,000.00.  A Level 2 Felony carries a presumptive bail amount of $100,000.00.  A Level 3 Felony carries a presumptive bail amount of $75,000.00.  A Level 4 Felony carries a presumptive bail amount of $10,000.00.  A Level 5 Felony carries a presumptive bail amount of $5,000.00.  A Level 6 Felony carries a presumptive bail amount of $13,000.00.  Bail for all misdemeanor charges is to be set a $1,500.00 per charge.  The presumptive schedule is advisory and subject to the discretion of court.  Upon court approval certain lower level felony charges can be commuted to a cash bond.

LR20-CR00-CRDD-14 is the criminal discovery disclosure rule.  This rule requires that the Elkhart County Prosecutor’s Office automatically provide certain material to the Defendant and his or her criminal defense attorney.  The court may exclude as evidence from trial any material not properly disclosed to the other party and may impose further sanctions for any party’s failure to comply with the rule.

If you are in need of an Elkhart County criminal defense attorney, contact Charles Hayes and Jane Ruemmele so that we may assist you early on and address the conditions of your release, and begin the investigation process to fight for your freedom and work hard toward a resolution that is best for you. Call 317-491-1050 today!