What to do if you have a client held at the Arrestee Processing Center in Indianapolis
Contact the APC office for the client's bond and hearing statusCall the APC main office at (317) 327-7731. Have your client's full name and date of birth handy if you do not have the cause number.
Find out whether they have been seen, what the charges are, and whether a preliminary bond has been set.Often, a preliminary bond will be set prior to the defendant going in front of a judge. You should advise your client's family to NOT post the preliminary bond before the client is seen by the judge. The judge may reduce or eliminate the preliminary bond, but the client's family will not get the prelminary bond amount back if they have already posted it. The court staff will also be able to tell you what the pending charges are.
Ask for a ballpark timeframe before going to the APC for the hearing.Attorneys sometimes go directly to the APC once they hear that a client is being held. This can result in them sitting at the APC for hours before their client is seen. The APC staff will be able to tell you with reasonable certainty when your client will be in court. If they cannot, you can contact the Public Defender's office as well.
The judge will permit you to make an argument regarding bond. The judges generally follow the bond matrix; however, if there are exceptional circumstances in your client's case, if may be worth making a trip for the initial hearing at the APC and putting an argument on the record. Keep in mind that the APC is open 7am-5pm and 7pm-5am, so your client could be seen at an "unconventional" time for court.