Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the Pre-Trial Conference? Do the defendant and the family of the defendant need to be present?

The pretrial conference occurs a week or two prior the scheduled trial date. It is a time for the prosecutor and defense attorney to have final negotiations often with the assistance of the judge. It is also used to see where the trial is in the trial calendar. Pretrial conference is held in chambers. Defendants and families do not attend.

2. When is the earliest that an individual could apply for an expungement?

The timing of an expungement varies depending on what the conviction(s) is. You should consult with a lawyer.

3. How do you become reinstated for driving privileges on a Habitual Traffic Violator status?

Generally, an individual will need to apply for Specialized Driving Privileges. There may be additional measures that need to be taken.

4. What is the difference between a no-contact order and a restraining order?

In Indiana we have protective orders and No Contact Orders. A No Contact Order is issued in a criminal case in order to protect an alleged victim or witness. A Protective Order may be issued in a variety of situations. It may restrict contact with a person or place or restricted activity. There is a Protective Order statute in Indiana which provides for restricted contact for family or intimate partners or victims of stalking if there has been violence, destruction of property, or threats of violence or destruction of property.

5. What happens if I don't go to court on my court date?

The court may issue a bench warrant if you fail to appear for a court date.

6. Which court room will the hearing be held?

There is an electronic board giving courtroom information in the Vanderburgh County courthouse. For other counties, I recommend checking with the security staff upon arrival.

7. How do I look up information on a case?

You can use

8. Do you accept bond receipts for payment?

Yes, we accept bond receipts with an additional cash payment in Vanderburgh County. The policy varies in surrounding counties.

9. What methods of payment do you accept?

Cash, check, money order and credit and debit cards.

10. What if a bond is more than the amount quoted for the case? Do I still need to put cash down if the bond exceeds the quote?

We would issue a refund after the case is finished. A cash payment is still required.

11. When will I get a visit in jail from the attorney?

Ms. Taylor makes weekly visits to the Vanderburgh County jail. The movement of the case as well as case load determine who is seen at each visit.

12. How soon is a plea offered from the prosecutor's office?

Generally, an offer is made in Vanderburgh County within the first month of charges being filed. This may vary for more serious cases. The time frame varies in other counties.

13. What is the definition of dealing an illegal substance?

Any transfer from one person to another. Money or anything else of value need not change hands for a dealing charge to apply.

14. What is the attorney/client relationship? Can one prevent the attorney from speaking to one's family members and friends even though they are paying the attorney fees?

The attorney client relationship is one of agency. Payment of fees does not alter the attorney client relationship in any way.

15. Can the prosecutor use what the defendant says about his or her case on the phone or to others during visits against them in court while incarcerated?

Any statement made by a criminal defendant to anyone other than their lawyer, with very limited exceptions, can be used against them in their case. In the current age of technology it is a very real danger to make any statements concerning any criminal case on a jail recorded phone call. Those phone calls are routinely used in court.