Defense structure, 2017

  • Organization


  • Oversight

    Partial oversight

Indiana provides counsel to indigent youth through a county-based system that is mostly locally funded. Larger counties are required to have an oversight public defender board and an appointed chief defender.  Visit the National Juvenile Defender Center's Indiana state profile for more details.

Waiver of counsel, 2014

The right to counsel can be waived by counsel if the juvenile knowingly and voluntarily joins the waiver, by a custodial parent or guardian if that person has no interest adverse to the juvenile, or by the juvenile if he or she has been emancipated.

  • Restrictions on waivers
  • No restrictions
  • Reflects laws as of the end of 2013 legislative sessions.
  • Age

    No restrictions

  • Crime

    No restrictions

  • Hearing

    No restrictions

  • Placement

    No restrictions

Timing of counsel, 2013

In Indiana, an attorney for a juvenile can be appointed at the following points in the process: Custodial Questioning / Talk with Intake Officer.

  • Reflects laws as of the end of 2013 legislative sessions.

Indigency requirements, 2013

Indigency determination: Judicially

Indiana indigency law is governed by both juvenile and adult statute, which provide for a determination of indigency. Indigency is judicially determined.

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