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Defending Your Rights: Understanding Official Misconduct Charges in Indiana 35-44.1-1-1


Welcome to the official blog of B. Hicks Law, a prominent criminal defense law firm dedicated to protecting the rights and interests of our clients in Indiana. In today's blog post, we'll explore a crucial legal topic – official misconduct, as defined under IC 35-44.1-1-1. Understanding this charge is essential, as it can have serious consequences for public servants.


What is Official Misconduct?


Official misconduct is a legal charge that can be applied to public servants who knowingly or intentionally engage in certain prohibited activities while performing their official duties. According to Indiana Code IC 35-44.1-1-1, an individual can be charged with official misconduct if they commit any of the following actions:

  1. Committing an offense while performing official duties: This applies to public servants who engage in criminal activities during the course of their duties.

  2. Soliciting, accepting, or agreeing to accept property: Public servants are only authorized to accept specific types of property as a condition of their employment. If they accept other forms of property, it may constitute official misconduct.

  3. Acquiring or divesting themselves of a pecuniary interest: Public servants are prohibited from engaging in transactions or acquiring interests in enterprises based on non-public information obtained through their role as a public servant.

  4. Failing to deliver public records and property: When a public servant fails to hand over public records and property to their successor in office, they can be charged with official misconduct.

It's important to note that official misconduct is classified as a Level 6 felony under Indiana law. Therefore, it is crucial for public servants facing such allegations to seek expert legal advice promptly.


B. Hicks Law: Your Trusted Defense Team


At B. Hicks Law, we understand the complexities and nuances of official misconduct charges in Indiana. With our experienced team of criminal defense attorneys, we are well-equipped to assist individuals facing these allegations. Here's why you should choose us as your legal defense team:

  1. Expertise: Our attorneys have in-depth knowledge of Indiana's criminal laws and the legal system. We are well-versed in the nuances of official misconduct charges, ensuring the best possible defense for our clients.

  2. Personalized Approach: We recognize that every case is unique, and we provide tailored solutions for each client. Your defense strategy will be customized to address the specific circumstances of your case.

  3. Strong Advocacy: B. Hicks Law is committed to fiercely advocating for your rights. We work diligently to protect your reputation, your career, and your future.

  4. Experience: With years of experience in criminal defense, we have a proven track record of successful outcomes for our clients, including those facing official misconduct charges.


Official misconduct charges in Indiana are a serious matter, carrying the potential for significant legal and personal consequences. If you are a public servant facing allegations of official misconduct, don't hesitate to reach out to B. Hicks Law. Our experienced legal team is ready to provide you with the guidance and support you need to navigate the legal process effectively and protect your rights.


To learn more about our services or to schedule a consultation, please contact B. Hicks Law today. Your future is our priority, and we are dedicated to providing the exceptional legal representation you deserve.


At B. Hicks Law, we're here to help. Contact us today to discuss your official misconduct case or any other legal matters. Your rights and future are our top priority.

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