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How do I get more information on the Infraction Diversion Program?
Law enforcement agencies issue citations for infraction traffic violations. You may be eligible for the Infraction Diversion Program. For more information on this program the Monroe County Prosecutor's Office oversees, please contact their office.
I can't afford to pay this ticket - What now?
If you need more time to pay the ticket, please don't hesitate contacting our friendly staff who will be happy to assist you with an extension. You must contact our office PRIOR to the APPEAR BY DAY provided on the citation or a Failure to Appear will occur which will result in a suspension of your license. Monroe County Traffic Division: 812-335-7274 or 812-349-5009
What if your ticket number (Citation or UTT#) doesn’t pull up in mycase.IN.gov?
Our office has not received the information from the officer yet. Please call back in a few days and we will happily assist you.
What if there is an “MC” at the end of the charge?
This means you’ve been ticketed with a misdemeanor offense rather than an infraction.
What do I do if I missed my traffic court date?
You may go to the walk-in traffic court sessions held on Fridays at 1:30 pm. The Prosecutor will hear the cases scheduled first, followed by walk-ins which are handled first come, first serve.
When I pay online, how long does it take before your system reflects my payment?
It may take up to 72 hours for the payment to reflect in our system.
Once I pay my ticket, how long will it take for the BMV to be notified?
Generally, we do our best to process data in a timely fashion. Please note it may take up to five business days for the BMV to be notified.
What is Drug Court?
Drug Courts provide a non-traditional, therapeutic approach to dealing with criminal offenders who are substance abusers. In the Drug Court, the judge, prosecutor, defense counsel, case managers and treatment provider work as a team, using a non-adversarial approach, to encourage and promote substance-free behavior. The primary objective is to rehabilitate the participant.
Who is eligible for Drug Court?
A defendant should: Be a resident of Monroe County; Have no past felony convictions for violent offenses, nor any present pending offenses for either misdemeanor or felony violent offenses; Have no pending offenses for Dealing in a Controlled Substance. Past convictions for Dealing offenses may affect possible participation in this program; Be at least eighteen years of age or older and have previous unsuccessful opportunities at either probation or treatment; Have no warrants outstanding or open parole or probation violations in any other county; Have no indication that a firearm was in possession during the commission of the present offense, nor have any prior convictions for firearm violations; Have indications of recent or past substance abuse arrests and the defendant admits to substance abuse/addiction; Be willing to participate in all aspects of the Drug Court Program.
How does Drug Court work?
Drug Court is a voluntary program available to defendants who meet the eligibility requirements. Participants enter a plea and begin the Drug Court program typically within 21 days of their arrest. They must complete a minimum two-year program that involves intensive treatment, regular court appearances, frequent drug testing, education, counseling and payment of fees. Upon successful completion of all requirements of the Drug Court program, the charges are dismissed or reduced.
How do I find out more information about Drug Court?
By phone:(812) 349-2000 By email:probation@co.monroe.in.us By mail: 405 West 7th Street, Suite 2 Bloomington, IN 47404 Contact Person: Steve Malone, Drug Court Coordinator
Why is the Coroner involved in the death of my loved one?
The following is a list of deaths the Coroner is required by law to investigate. 1. Suspected sudden infant death syndrome (crib deaths). 2. Death occurring within 24 hours of admission at a hospital or health care facility. 3. Physician unable to state cause of death. 4. Known or suspected homicide. 5. Known or suspected suicide. 6. Death involving any criminal action. 7. Related to or following known or suspected self-induced or criminal abortion. 8. Following an accident or injury (primary or contributory). Deaths known or suspected as a result in whole or in part from or related to accident or injury, either old or recent. 9. Drowning, fire, hanging, gunshot, stabbing, exposure, acute alcoholism, drug addition, strangulation, aspiration or malnutrition. 10. Accidental poisoning (food, chemical, drug, therapeutic agents). 11. Occupational diseases or occupational hazards. 12. Known or suspected contagious disease constituting a public hazard. 13. All deaths of unidentified persons. 14. Incarceration. 15. Unattended deaths (no physician in attendance or during the continued absence of the attending physician).
Where is my loved one being taken?
Your loved one will be transported to the Bloomington Hospital, Terre Haute Regional Hospital or the I.U. Medical School Forensic Pathology Department. These laboratory facilities are where we will perform a medical examination on the deceased.
Are the Public Defenders real attorneys?
YES, all Monroe County Public Defenders are "real attorneys". Each attorney has successfully completed a rigorous law school curriculum and has subsequently passed the Indiana Bar Exam. All of the attorneys are licensed to practice law in the State of Indiana. Many have been practicing law for over 15 years. Our attorneys have chosen to specialize in the areas of law related to indigent defense and are paid by Monroe County to represent people who are financially unable to hire a private attorney.
What types of cases are assigned to Public Defenders?
The most common cases assigned to Public Defenders are criminal charges, juvenile delinquency, CHINS petitions, termination of parental rights petitions, mental health commitments, contempt hearings, appeals, and petitions to revoke suspended sentences.
How do I get a Public Defender to represent me?
You must ask the Judge to have a Public Defender appointed to your case, then the Judge must make a finding that you do not have the money to hire an attorney.
What do I do after a Public Defender is appointed to my case?
You must come to the Monroe County Public Defender Office in the Fiscus Building located at 304 N. Morton Street. An attorney will be assigned to your case and an appointment will be scheduled for you to meet with that attorney.
What happens at the appointment?
All relevant issues about your case will be discussed and you will have an opportunity to ask your attorney questions.
Should I hire a private attorney?
If you can afford to hire a private attorney you should. Public Defenders are paid to represent people who do not have the means to hire a private attorney.
Should I try to hire a private attorney because they will do a better job/the Public Defender is overworked/not as experienced/doesn’t care/works for the County/works for the Judges/works for the State?
Monroe County is fortunate to have a group of experienced dedicated attorneys working in the Public Defender Office who protect the rights and interests of each and every client, not only because it is their sworn duty as an attorney, but each attorney has shown a personal commitment to provide the best legal representation possible. Monroe County has assisted in this endeavor by electing to participate in the State Plan that limits the number of active cases an attorney may be assigned so that more time may be given to individual cases.
Who else can I talk to about my case?
The Public Defender’s office has two investigators, two paralegals, and a number of law clerks that assist the attorneys. One of these people may contact you and they are obligated to keep the same confidentiality as your attorney. If you talk to anyone else about the details of your case, that person could be used as a witness against you.
I forgot the name of my Public Defender. I forgot my court date. How can I find out?
Call the Public Defender’s office where your case is pending. Provide the receptionist with the cause number, or, if you can’t remember the number, provide your full name. Ordinarily that will be sufficient information to help our staff determine the name of your Public Defender. However, without a specific cause number, and based on your full name alone, our staff can only provide the court hearing(s) that appear on the court calendar.
Will the Public Defender represent me if I am a resident of another county/state/country?
Yes, if you are charged with an offense that is filed in Monroe County.
My English is limited/I am Deaf. Can the Public Defender get an interpreter to assist me?
Yes, the Public Defender will make arrangements to obtain the assistance of an interpreter. Be sure to inform your attorney that you need an interpreter. Often clients think they can understand enough English to “get by”. Unfortunately, there might be special meanings of words that can make a critical difference in the handling of a case. Court proceedings can be confusing enough without adding the complication of not understanding the language. If there is any doubt as to whether you can understand everything that is being said to you and about you, it is far safer to use the services of an interpreter. An interpreter will be made available for all interviews, investigations and consultations, as well as court proceedings.
Do I have to pay the Public Defender?
The Court may order you to pay a Public Defender Fee.
How are jurors selected?
In Indiana persons are selected at random from a jury pool compiled by the State of Indiana using information from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles and the Indiana Department of Revenue.
What are the requirements to serve as a juror?
You must be: A citizen of the United States, at least 18 years of age, a resident of Monroe County, able to communicate in English, not suffering from a physical or mental disability that prevents you from performing your duties as a juror in a satisfactory manner, not under guardianship because of mental incapacity or not a person who has had your right to vote revoked and not yet reinstated as the result of a felony conviction. Note: Law enforcement officers are exempt from serving in criminal jury trials. They can serve in civil trials.
What are the different types of jury trials?
Criminal: A case in which the State of Indiana (Prosecutor) alleges the defendant (accused) committed a criminal offense. Civil: A suit designed to enforce a right or gain repayment for a wrong done to a person or party by another person or party. These cases generally involve money damages
What is the difference between eligible for duty and serving as a juror?
Eligible for Duty: If you receive a notice stating you are eligible for jury duty in a particular month, you will be required to phone nightly the jury notification line (812) 349-JURY(5879). Serving as a juror: You have been chosen to sit on a panel and render your opinion as to guilt or innocence (criminal) or responsibility for damages. (Civil)
If my juror number is read on the notification line what does that mean?
That means you are required to report to the Justice Building at 301 N. College Ave at the time indicated on the message line. You will be met by the Jury Coordinator who will provide you with the additional information regarding your day. Prior to your arrival, please acquaint yourself with the Justice Building Security Restrictions.
How long does a juror have to serve?
In Monroe County you are eligible to serve once in a 2 year time period. In Monroe County, you are only required to be available for one month. If you call in during your month but are not called for service, the Judges of Monroe County consider your month of calling as service. You are not considered eligible to serve again for another 2 full years. Jurors serve on only one trial during their month of eligibility and most trials are completed within 2-3 days.
Are there any exemptions from jury service?
Yes, as of January 1, 2010, you may request exemption if: 1. You are 75 years of age or older OR 2. Have a medical excuse (requires Dr. Statement)
Where do I park if I’m required to report for jury service?
You will be given parking instructions from the Jury Coordinator prior to your arrival at the Justice Building.
Do I get paid as a juror?
If you report for jury duty and you are not kept to serve, you will be paid $15.00 + mileage that is set by state statute. If you are chosen to serve you will be paid $40.00 per day + mileage that is set by state statute. You will receive a check for your service within a few weeks after the completion of the trial. Child care is not paid nor provided.
How many jurors are required?
To sit on a panel you must have 12 jurors for a criminal case ( Murder, Level 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 Felony). If you have a lesser criminal case such as a Level 6 Felony or a Misdemeanor offense; 6 jurors are necessary. A civil case requires 6. Generally for a 12 panel jury 36 potential jurors are asked to come in. A 6 panel jury generally results in 18 people reporting for possible service.
How many jurors must agree on a verdict?
Criminal trial: Murder or Level 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 Felony - must be unanimous Criminal trial: Level 6 Felony or Misdemeanor - must be unanimous. Civil: 6 jurors - must be unanimous UNLESS stipulated prior to deliberation.
Does the Court provide lunch for jurors?
Although the Court does not provide lunch for jurors (except during deliberations) there will be a lunch break and jurors will have ample opportunity to dine in or carryout from many downtown restaurants.
How can my family reach me if there is an emergency at home while I'm on jury service?
In case of a family emergency please contact the Office of Court Administration- (812) 349-2966.
I have additional questions or concerns about jury service. Who do I ask?
Please call Michelle Pritchard, Jury Coordinator at 812-349-2616.
I re-financed my mortgage. I was told that I had to re-file my Homestead deduction. Is this true?
No, you must re-file your Mortgage deduction. If you have closed on the new mortgage on or before December 31st of any given year, you have until December 31st to re-file your deduction. Failure to re-file will result in the loss of the deduction. (The Homestead deduction does not need to be re-filed unless your primary place of residence changes.)
I re-financed my mortgage. I was told that I had to re-file my Homestead deduction. Is this true?
No, you must re-file your Mortgage deduction. If you have closed on the new mortgage on or before December 31st of any given year, you have until December 31st to re-file your deduction. Failure to re-file will result in the loss of the deduction. (The Homestead deduction does not need to be re-filed unless your primary place of residence changes.)
I just bought a new house. What deductions can I get ?
There are two basic deductions available: Homestead for owning and living on the property and Mortgage for having a mortgage or contract on the property. For more information see the Auditor's Deductions page.
Where do I file my property tax deductions?
All deductions are filed at the property division of the Monroe County Auditor's office located on the 2nd floor of the Courthouse in Room 209, downtown on the square. Mortgage deductions can also be filed in the County Recorder's Office. Tax exempt forms (non-profit) are filed at the Monroe County Assessor's office which is located at One City Centre, 120 W. 7th Street. Offices are open in the Courthouse from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Offices do not close for the lunch hour.
What is the deadline for filing deductions and exemptions?
The filing deadline for the deduction is December 31.
What do I need to bring to the Auditor's office with me to file deductions?
For the Homestead and Mortgage deductions we have the necessary information available in the Auditor's office. It is helpful to know the name of the mortgage company where you initially financed your loan and the amount of the initial loan. The application must be signed by the applicant. For the homestead deduction we now have to have the last 5 digits of the owner & spouse's Social Security and drivers license numbers.
What do I need to bring to the Auditor's office with me to file deductions?
For the Homestead and Mortgage deductions we have the necessary information available in the Auditor's office. It is helpful to know the name of the mortgage company where you initially financed your loan and the amount of the initial loan. The application must be signed by the applicant. For the homestead deduction we now have to have the last 5 digits of the owner & spouse's Social Security and drivers license numbers.
When are Monroe County property taxes due?
The deadline for paying the spring installment is May 10th. The deadline for paying the fall installment is November 10th. For further information on taxes please contact the Treasurer's office.
How do I add or remove someone from my property?
You will need to have a deed drawn up. You should contact an attorney, a title company, or an abstract company. You can also obtain do-it-yourself kits at most office supply stores. (The Auditor's office does not create deeds.) In the occurrence of the death of a spouse, our office does not require you to remove the decedent from the title of the property. If you wish to do so, you will need to present a deed, court order, or an affidavit of survivorship. We are not able to remove a person from the property with a death certificate.
What are your transfer fees?
You can apply in person at our office or through the mail. If applying through the mail, you will need to fill out a short application form and mail it in with a photocopy of your state issued photo ID, a check or money order for the correct amount and a self addressed stamped envelope. If applying in person, bring your driver’s license and payment. You will be required to fill out an application form in our office. Death Certificates are $15.00 per certified copy. Click link to select Death Certificate Application Form.
How do I find out who owns a specific property?
You may visit the Monroe County GIS website.
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