Not in state court, but the post-conviction action should be filed promptly because unreasonable delay that would prejudice the State in re-prosecuting the case is grounds to deny the petition on the basis of laches. Moreover, the ability to seek relief in a habeas corpus action in federal court after unsuccessful state court post-conviction relief litigation is subject to a one-year statute of limitations that begins to run when the conviction is final, but is tolled while a properly filed state post-conviction petition is pending.
Juveniles wishing to challenge their adjudications should write to the Public Defender of Indiana office as soon as possible.
In capital cases, representation by the Public Defender of Indiana is automatic if the petitioner is indigent. The office will enter an appearance within thirty days of completion of rehearing on direct appeal, as required by Ind. Criminal Rule 24(H).