St. Joseph County

Are You in Need of a St. Joseph County Criminal Defense Attorney?

St. Joseph County, Indiana is located in Northern Indiana adjacent to the Michigan border.  It is surrounded by the following counties Laporte to the west, Elkhart to the east, and Marshall County directly to the south.  The county seat is South Bend, Indiana, and the county is home to several colleges and universities including the University of Notre Dame, St. Mary’s College, IUSB, and Bethel College.

St. Joseph County has its own set of local rules that attorneys are required to review before practicing in its courts.  St. Joseph County has multiple Superior Court divisions, a Circuit Court, as well as a probate court. These courts have jurisdiction over state level civil and criminal filings for actions that arise within the county including on college campuses.  The cases are assigned to the specific courts based on the terms of the local rules.  The vast majority criminal cases are assigned to one of the five Superior Court divisions.  Circuit Court receives all criminal cases involving welfare fraud, Medicaid fraud, children’s health insurance fraud, and nonsupport of a dependent child.  Additional criminal cases can be assigned to the Circuit Court upon written order of the Judge of the Circuit Court and the Chief Judge of Superior Court.

The main courthouse in St. Joseph County, Indiana is located at 101 South Main Street, South Bend, Indiana.  This courthouse maintains the Circuit Court, and four of the five Superior Court divisions.  The Mishawaka division of the Superior Court is held at 219 Lincolnway West, Mishawaka, IN, 46544.  Probate court is found at 1000 South Michigan Street, South Bend, IN, 46601.  There is also a town court located in Walkertown, IN.

The Local Rules for St. Joseph County are extensive and include over a 160 pages of provisions.  These rules include case allocations, as well as chapters devoted to civil rules, criminal rules, family court/protective orders, probate, jury trials, and small claims court.  Prosecutors are required to automatically disclose to defense counsel all relevant information listed in section 305.5 within fifteen days after an initial hearing.

The local rules also set forth a presumptive bail schedule.  Defendants charged with murder will not receive a bond if evidence or presumption of guilt is strong.  A Level 1 felony carries a presumptive bond of $50,000.00/$5,000.00, except as otherwise provided for certain violent offenses ($100,000.00/$10,000.00).  A Level 2 felony carries a presumptive bond $50,000.00/$5,000.00, except as otherwise provided for certain violent offenses ($100,000.00/$10,000.00). A Level 3 felony carries a presumptive bond $30,000.00/$3,000.00, except as otherwise provided for certain violent offenses ($50,000.00/$5,000.00).  A Level 4 felony carries a presumptive bond $30,000.00/$3,000.00, except as otherwise provided for certain violent offenses ($40,000.00/$4,000.00).   A Level 5 felony carries a presumptive bond $10,000.00/$1,000.00, except as otherwise provided for certain violent offenses ($30,000.00/$3,000.00).  A Level 6 felony carries a presumptive bond $5,000.00/$500.00, except as otherwise provided for certain violent offenses ($10,000.00/$1,000.00).

The presumptive bonds for a 6 felony offense involving a DUI or drug offense shall be $5,000.00/$500.00. All misdemeanor offenses are eligible for a cash deposit in lieu of bond, are presumptively set at $500.00 for Intimidation, Invasion of Privacy, and DUI; and $250.00, $150.00, and $150.00, respectively for all other A, B, and C misdemeanor offenses.

If you are in need of a St. Joseph County criminal defense attorney, or are a college student in need of a Title IX 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!