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Criminal charges begin with an investigation by a police agency. Our office victim/witness coordinator, Lynn Bauer, will assist persons in determining the appropriate agency to make a report. Contact our office by calling 317-776-8595.
Your best source of information regarding future Court dates is your attorney, or the Court itself. Court schedules are created by the Court staff, and are subject to change; the Court possesses the most current information on its own. Most cases have current information posted online at mycase.in.gov.
That depends. Are you a victim or a defendant? Prosecuting attorneys are ethically forbidden to speak with defendants about their cases; the only exception is in the Courtroom when the Judge is presiding over the case. If you are a victim, you are entitled to, and should be able to speak to the Deputy Prosecuting Attorney handling the case. However, Prosecutors have many other cases to handle, and while your case is important to our office, you should keep in mind that the Prosecuting Attorney's time is his or her most cherished asset. Please keep your inquiries brief and to the point. Call the office at 317-776-8595.
The office of the Prosecuting Attorney will give legal advice on criminal matters to police agencies. Although the Prosecuting Attorney can give general advice on whether certain facts would constitute the commission of a crime, our office is generally reluctant to do so on individual cases to private citizens. Often, people seeking a favorable opinion will give a distorted version of the facts; a full investigation by a police agency may reveal grounds for prosecution which were not disclosed to our office. In addition, no opinion given can be construed as immunity from prosecution. The Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office cannot give legal advice on civil matters; all civil legal questions should be referred to a competent private attorney.
The court may order a person convicted of a crime to make restitution to the victim, the victim's estate, or to the family of a victim who is deceased for certain expenses related to the crime.
The court may consider property damages, medical and hospital expenses, lost earnings and funeral, burial or cremation costs.
“A fundamental philosophy of the American constitutional form of representative government is that government is the servant of the people and not their master. Accordingly, it is the public policy of the State that all persons are entitled to full and complete information regarding the affairs of government and the official acts of those who represent them as public officials and employees. Providing persons with the information is an essential function of a representative government and an integral part of the routine duties of public officials and employees, whose duty it is to provide the information.” Ind. Code § 5-14-3-1.
The Prosecuting Attorney is a “public agency” under the Access to Public Records Act (hereinafter APRA), Ind. Code § 5-14-3.
By law, any person has the right to inspect and copy the Prosecutor’s public records during regular business hours unless the public records are excepted from disclosure as nondisclosable under the APRA. See Ind. Code §§ 5-14-3-3(a), -4, 4.3.
The Hamilton County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office is a law enforcement agency charged with the responsibility of representing the State of Indiana in all infraction, misdemeanor, and felony cases alleged to have occurred within Hamilton County, Indiana. While the sole loyalty of this office is to the State of Indiana, this office also has the responsibility of protecting the victims of crime and safeguarding victims’ rights.
This office recognizes the competing interests involved in the public’s right to access information maintained by law enforcement agencies, e.g., the people’s right to know, the privacy of victims, the safety of the community and its law enforcement officials. These competing interests must all be part of this office’s decision making process when considering requests for documents. This office will review each request for documents in this context and, where required or at its discretion, will comply with each request pursuant to the applicable sections of I.C. § 5-14-3 and Indiana Rules of Professional Conduct 3.6 and 3.8, which establish a prosecutor’s ethical duties to cases and to extrajudicial dissemination of information.
All APRA requests shall be made in writing and submitted on Form 451495-D - APRA Document Request. See Ind. Code § 5-14-3-3(a)(2). The form must be filled out in its entirety before the Prosecuting Attorney will comply with the request.
However, routine requests for discovery in the course of litigation in which this Prosecuting Attorney represents the State’s interests are controlled via local rules of criminal procedure and other non-APRA law and will be addressed under those rules, accordingly. Further, requests for documents that would have come from other agencies should be directed to those sourcing agencies.