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Navigating the Complexities of IC 35-42-4-12.5: Sex Offender Unmanned Aerial Vehicle


In Indiana, the legal landscape is continuously evolving, and one of the areas that has seen significant changes in recent years is the regulation surrounding sex offenders and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). To shed light on this complex subject, we at B. Hicks Law are here to provide you with valuable information about the IC 35-42-4-12.5, also known as the Sex Offender Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Offense. Our criminal defense law firm specializes in helping individuals facing legal challenges and strives to provide clarity on various legal matters.


IC 35-42-4-12.5: The Basics

IC 35-42-4-12.5 is a section of Indiana's legal code that applies exclusively to sex offenders, as defined in IC 11-8-8-4.5. It outlines the unlawful operation of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) by sex offenders for specific purposes.


Key Provisions:


The statute identifies several critical provisions that must be met for an offense to occur:

  1. Sex Offender Status: This section exclusively applies to individuals classified as sex offenders in accordance with IC 11-8-8-4.5.

  2. Knowingly or Intentionally Operating a UAV: An offense occurs when a sex offender knowingly or intentionally operates a UAV for the purpose of following, contacting, or capturing images or recordings of one or more other individuals.

  3. Conditions and Rules: The sex offender must be subject to certain conditions, including probation, parole, community corrections program rules, or community transition program rules, which prohibit them from engaging in the activities mentioned in point 2. These prohibitions may or may not specify the means of engaging in these activities.

Offense Classifications:


The severity of the offense under IC 35-42-4-12.5 is determined by the circumstances:

  • Class A Misdemeanor: A sex offender commits a Class A misdemeanor if they knowingly or intentionally operate a UAV to follow, contact, or capture images or recordings of other individuals while subject to the specified conditions or rules.

  • Level 6 Felony: The offense escalates to a Level 6 felony if the sex offender has a prior unrelated conviction under this section.

Navigating the Complexities:


Understanding IC 35-42-4-12.5 and its implications can be intricate, and navigating the legal system can be challenging, especially when it involves criminal charges. At B. Hicks Law, we acknowledge the complexities surrounding this statute and are here to help individuals facing charges related to the Sex Offender Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Offense. Our experienced criminal defense attorneys have a deep understanding of Indiana's criminal law system, and we are dedicated to protecting your rights and advocating for your best interests.


IC 35-42-4-12.5, the Sex Offender Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Offense, is a significant legal provision in Indiana that highlights the state's commitment to regulating the actions of sex offenders. If you or someone you know is facing legal issues related to this statute, it's essential to seek legal counsel to ensure your rights are protected. B. Hicks Law is here to provide expert guidance and advocacy for individuals dealing with this complex legal matter. Don't hesitate to contact our law firm to schedule a consultation and discuss your case in detail.

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