Monroe County

Are You in Need of a Monroe County Criminal Defense Attorney?

Monroe County is home of the Indiana University main campus.  Like any college town, festivities abound.  Sometimes, the partying lands someone in jail. That’s where Monroe County criminal defense attorneys, Hayes Ruemmele, come in.

The court system in Monroe County consists of one Circuit Court, with nine divisions. Monroe County has a Drug Treatment Court administered through Circuit Court.    The program is a minimum of two years and involves the following components:

  • A plea of guilty to a felony offense with no agreement to sentencing should offender fail to successfully complete the Drug Court Program.
  • Participants are required to obtain and maintain appropriate employment for the duration of the program.
  • Participants will be required to complete high school/GED or vocational training if he/she has no apparent marketable job skills.
  • Participants are required to submit to frequent random drug/alcohol tests.
  • Participants must complete substance abuse treatment and any additional counseling that is deemed necessary by the treatment provider.
  • Participants must payment all program fees, drug test costs, and treatment costs associated with completion of this program.

Monroe County has its own local rules. Defendants are required to disclose affirmative defenses, among other things. Discovery is automatic, with the State required to disclose full discovery to the defendant within 21 days after the initial hearing on felony cases, and 15 days on a misdemeanor case. The defendant is likewise required to provide full discovery 21 days after disclosure by the State in a felony case, and 15 days after disclosure by the State in a misdemeanor case. A change of plea hearing will only be scheduled upon submission of a signed plea and sentencing agreement with the court, subject to the court’s discretion. Any motion for continuance based on the unavailability of a witness shall be filed at least 7 days before the scheduled trial date. Any such motion filed more than 6 months after the initial hearing, or any such motion to which an objection is filed, must comply with IC 35-36-7-1 or IC 35-36-7-2.  

Monroe County has its own bail schedule.  Release without bail is authorized on certain misdemeanors.  Any person arrested for a misdemeanor offense other than battery, domestic battery, invasion of privacy, resisting law enforcement, possession of a handgun without a license, operating a vehicle while intoxicated operating with either a .08 or .15 ACE or dealing marijuana or hashish, shall be released from jail to appear in the probation department and court on that person’s own recognizance, subject to the following conditions:

  1. At the time such a person is released on recognizance, the person shall be required to furnish a present residential and mailing address, telephone number, social security number, and employer’s name and address. The identifying data of any full-time or part-time student at Indiana University – Bloomington shall include a student’s permanent address and telephone number as well as the student’s local address and telephone number.
  2. If the person arrested is under 21 years of age, the information shall also include parents’ names, addresses, and telephone numbers.
  3. If the person agrees to provide the data required in Section II, A (1), but is unable to provide a social security number, driver’s license, photo identification card, or employer information, the person may be released to the custody of a resident of Monroe County over 18 years of age who can provide such data on themselves.
  4. Upon the inability or refusal to provide the information required under this Section, the person shall be held until brought before a judge.

A person shall not be released on recognizance if any of the following apply:

  1. Has any conviction within the last 5 years;
  2. Has failed to appear in any court within the last 5 years; Monroe Circuit Family Law Rules 38
  3. Has pending criminal charges; or
  4. Is on probation or parole at the time of arrest.

Regarding intoxication, no person shall be released by the Sheriff of Monroe County, regardless of the provisions of this Order, unless such person clearly manifests a state of sobriety at the time the provisions of this Order would otherwise permit release. The Sheriff shall hold in custody any person who is under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances until such time it is determined, at the Sheriff’s discretion, that the individual may be safely released without danger to self or others. When information is available concerning the blood-alcohol content of an intoxicated person due to the administration of blood tests, breath tests, or other chemical tests, no intoxicated person shall be released by the Sheriff, except as provided by IC 35-33-1-6. When no information is available concerning the blood-alcohol content of a person charged with operating while intoxicated, such person shall not be released for 24 hours, unless ordered by a judge. When no information is available concerning the blood-alcohol content of a person charged with public intoxication, such person shall not be released for 4 hours, unless ordered by a judge.

The Monroe County Pretrial Diversion Program (PDP) targets low-level offenders who have been charged with minor violations, such as shoplifting, public intoxication, or illegal consumption of alcohol. As a matter of office policy, charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated are never eligible for pretrial diversion.

Probation and Community Corrections are located at 405 W. 7th Street, Suite 2, Bloomington, Indiana 47404.  The Community Alternative Supervision Program (CASP) is a case management system emphasizing evidence-based practices within an adult continuum of sanctions.  Offenders are assessed and placed in the most effective treatment and programming options available based on their risk and needs.   It offers work release, Therapeutic Home Detention with Electronic Monitoring, Home Detention with Corrisoft AIR, Day reporting, Electronic Monitoring Home Curfew,   Alcohol Detect Electronic Monitoring, Drive-by Curfew with Day Reporting, Pretrial Case management, and Kiosk Reporting.

Charles Hayes and Jane Ruemmele understand these programs and will help you maximize opportunities within the system in Monroe County. If you are in need of a Monroe 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!