Boone County Criminal Court

Boone County Criminal Court hears all criminal cases in Boone County. Below you will find specific information about criminal cases and how they are handled in Boone County.

Right to an attorney

The US Constitution’s Sixth Amendment ensures the right to an attorney regardless of whether or not you can afford one. In Boone County a public defender will be appointed by the judge if you cannot afford private representation.

Boone County Arraignments

An arraignment is a court hearing. In Boone County this is the first thing that will happen in a criminal case. The defendant will be brought before a judge in Boone County Criminal Court and the judge will read the charges that were filed against the defendant. The judge will also read the rights the defendant has and ask the defendant if they understand both the charges filed against them and their rights as a defendant in the case. In Boone County a plea of Guilty, Not Guilty or No Contest may be entered. In a guilty or no contest plea the sentencing of the defendant may take place at the same arraignment hearing or a later date may be scheduled for sentencing. For a not guilty plea, a date will be set for a trial.

Boone County Criminal Court

Boone County Criminal Court

Appealing a Criminal Conviciton

A defendant may appeal a criminal conviction to an appellate court. In an appeal, the actual trial is not redone, but the appellate court hears arguments that the criminal case was not handled in a legal manner at the original criminal court. The appellate court can either uphold the conviction, or determine that errors were made and may request a retrial, a resentencing of the defendant or that the charges be dismissed.

Can I request a Plea Agreement?

In Boone County you may be able to enter into a plea agreement depending upon the severity of the charges. It is also dependant upon the prosecution willing to accept a plea agreement. You can ask your attorney to attempt to negotiate a plea agreement with the prosecution to avoid having a jury trial along with the potential for a more serious sentence. Approximately 9 out of 10 criminal cases usually end in a plea agreement.

Who can help me in Boone County?

For general information about your case the Boone County court clerk will be able to provide legal information about your specific criminal case. Legal information is not legal advice though, the court clerk will only be able to provide information about your case, like date/time of hearings what will occur at the hearing and what you may be required to do in the hearing. They cannot provide advice about what you should do or what the best legal options may be for your particular case. Only an attorney can provide legal advice and this is your best place for information about your specific criminal proceeding. If you cannot afford to hire a private attorney to represent you, a judge will appoint an attorney to represent you, this is most often a public defender.

Defendant Sentencing

At a sentence hearing the judge will inform the defendant of the sentence that will be imposed. This sometimes occurs at the same hearing in which the defendant is found guilty (either by trial or plea agreement). In can also occur at a later date, most often this is due to the complexity of the case where more time is needed to determine the appropriate sentence.

Burden of Proof Requirement

In a criminal case in the United States, the burden of proof always requires the prosecutor to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant is guilty. This is a high threshold that must be met by the prosecution when presenting evidence in a case. If the prosecution fails in it’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt the judge must find the defendant not guilty. In a jury trial, the judge will inform the jury what this burden is and their obligation to find the defendant not guilty if they feel the prosecution did prove the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Jury by Trial Right

The US Constitution (Article 3 along with the 6th Amendment) ensures an accused defendant the right to a jury trial. This applies to crimes that have a $500 fine or a potential sentence of six months in jail (aka Serious Crimes). This right to trial by jury can also be waived by a defendant.

Jury Deliberations in Boone County

In Boone County, jury deliberations will take place in a jury trial after the prosecution and defense have presented their cases and rested. At this point, the judge will provide a list of instructions to the jury about what they are allowed and not allowed to do and what verdict options are available for them to decide. The jury will be sent to a private room to discuss the evidence presented in the case and attempt to reach a unaminous decision. When a unaminous decision is reached, the jury will inform the judge that they have reached a verdict and will return to the courtroom for the verdict to be read allowed. In the event that the jury cannot reach a unanimous verdict, the jury results in a deadlock and a mistrial is declared.

Prosecutor in Boone County

In Boone County, the prosecutor is an attorney representing Boone County. In some cases, the prosecutor may actually represent Indiana. For the most part, the prosecutor in Boone County has discretion to both decide whether to file charges and also negotiate a potential plea deal with the defendant.

Boone County Required Court Appearances

In Boone County, there are both required and non-required court appearances for the defendant. At a required or mandatory appearance hearing, the defendant is required to appear in person before the court. Failing to appear at your required hearing may result in a bench warrant being issued for your arrest by the judge.

Where will Boone County criminal case hearings take place?

Criminal cases will take place at the criminal courts of Boone County. See here for the location of the criminal courts in Boone County.

Boone County Criminal Court Locations

  • Boone County Circuit Court

    Address: 212 Courthouse Square, Lebanon IN 46052
    Phone: 765-482-3510 Fax: 765-485-0150

  • Boone County Superior Court No. 1

    Address: 212 Courthouse Square, Lebanon IN 46052
    Phone: 765-482-3510 Fax: 765-485-0150

  • Boone County Superior Court No. 2

    Address: 212 Courthouse Square, Lebanon IN 46052
    Phone: 765-482-3510 Fax: 765-485-0150

  • Jamestown Town Court

    Address: 421 E Main St, PO Box 165, Jamestown IN 46147
    Phone: 765-676-6331 Fax: 765-676-9047

  • Lebanon City Court

    Address: 401 S Meridian St, Lebanon IN 46052
    Phone: 765-482-8846 Fax: 765-482-8883

  • Thorntown Town Court

    Address: 101 W Main St, Thorntown IN 46071
    Phone: 765-436-2200 Fax: 765-436-7900

  • Whitestown Town Court

    Address: 6320 S Cozy Ln, Whitestown IN 46075
    Phone: 317-769-6948 Fax: 317-769-6871

  • Zionsville Town Court

    Address: 1100 W Oak St, Zionsville IN 46077
    Phone: 317-873-8240 Fax: 317-873-8021

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