2022 Indiana Code
Title 9. Motor Vehicles
Article 30. General Penalty Provisions
Chapter 3. Court Procedures
9-30-3-11. Plea of Guilty; Informing Defendant of Rights; Record of Proceedings; Destruction of Documents; Liability of Court Officers

Universal Citation: IN Code § 9-30-3-11 (2022)

Sec. 11. (a) Before accepting a plea of guilty to a misdemeanor traffic offense, the court shall inform the defendant of the defendant's rights, including the right to:

(1) engage counsel;

(2) a reasonable continuance to engage counsel to subpoena witnesses;

(3) have process issued by the court, without expense to the defendant, to compel the attendance of witnesses in the defendant's behalf;

(4) testify or not to testify in the defendant's own behalf;

(5) a trial by jury; and

(6) appeal.

(b) The court shall inform each defendant charged with a traffic offense other than a nonmoving traffic offense, if the defendant is convicted or judgment is entered against the defendant, that a record of the conviction or judgment will be sent to the bureau or the motor vehicle bureau of the state where the defendant received a license to drive to become a part of the defendant's driving record.

(c) The court shall keep a full record of every case in which a person is charged with a traffic offense other than a nonmoving traffic offense. Within ten (10) days after the conviction, judgment, or forfeiture of security deposit of a person, the court shall forward a copy of the judgment in an electronic format or an abstract as prescribed by IC 9-30-13-0.5. The abstract comprises the original copy of the traffic information and summons or complaint and summons if the conviction, judgment, or forfeiture of security deposit has been entered on that copy. However, instead of the original copy, the court may, subject to the approval of the bureau, send the information in an electronic format or in the form of a chemical based, magnetic, or machine readable media. Records of nonmoving traffic offenses are not required to be forwarded to the bureau.

(d) One (1) year after the abstract has been forwarded, the court may destroy the remaining court copies of the information and summons or complaint and summons and related pleadings if an order book entry of the copy has been made and the original copy has been sent to the bureau.

(e) Upon the failure of a court officer to comply with subsection (c), the officer is liable on the officer's official bond for a civil penalty of one hundred dollars ($100) accruing to the state, which may be recovered, together with the costs of the suit, in a civil action brought by the attorney general in the name of the state on relation of the attorney general. Each failure by an officer constitutes a separate cause of action.

[Pre-1991 Recodification Citation: 9-4-7-9.]

As added by P.L.2-1991, SEC.18. Amended by P.L.184-2007, SEC.61; P.L.206-2007, SEC.9; P.L.125-2012, SEC.325.

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