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Obstructing a Firefighter and Emergency Medical Person Laws in Indiana 35-44.1-4-8 & IC 35-44.1-4-9


At B. Hicks Law, we are committed to ensuring that individuals facing criminal charges receive the legal representation they deserve. In this blog post, we will discuss the laws surrounding obstructing a firefighter and obstructing an emergency medical person in Indiana, shedding light on the consequences and how our criminal defense team can help protect your rights.


Obstructing a Firefighter (IC 35-44.1-4-8): Indiana Code (IC) 35-44.1-4-8 addresses the offense of obstructing a firefighter, classifying it as a Class A misdemeanor. To be convicted of this offense, an individual must knowingly or intentionally obstruct or interfere with a firefighter while they are performing their emergency functions or duties.


Obstructing a firefighter may include actions such as hindering a firefighter's ability to respond to an emergency, preventing them from accessing necessary equipment, or otherwise disrupting their ability to carry out their vital responsibilities.

Consequences: A Class A misdemeanor in Indiana carries a maximum penalty of up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $5,000. Such a conviction can have serious implications for your future, including a permanent criminal record, which may affect your employment and personal life.


Obstructing an Emergency Medical Person (IC 35-44.1-4-9): IC 35-44.1-4-9 defines the offense of obstructing an emergency medical person as a Class A misdemeanor as well. An "emergency medical person" is someone holding a certificate issued by the Indiana Emergency Medical Services Commission to provide emergency medical services.


Obstructing an emergency medical person involves knowingly or intentionally interfering with their ability to perform their vital emergency medical functions or duties. This may include preventing them from reaching a patient, disrupting their medical procedures, or otherwise hindering their ability to provide critical care.


Consequences: Just like obstructing a firefighter, obstructing an emergency medical person is also a Class A misdemeanor in Indiana, carrying the same maximum penalties of up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $5,000. It is essential to understand the potential long-term consequences of a Class A misdemeanor conviction, which may include difficulty finding employment, housing, and more.


How B. Hicks Law Can Help: If you or someone you know is facing charges for obstructing a firefighter or an emergency medical person, it is crucial to seek experienced legal representation. Our skilled criminal defense attorneys at B. Hicks Law have a deep understanding of Indiana's criminal laws and a proven track record of defending our clients' rights.


Our legal team will work tirelessly to build a strong defense strategy tailored to your unique circumstances, aiming to mitigate or dismiss the charges altogether. We understand that legal issues can be overwhelming, and our compassionate team is here to guide you through the process, answering your questions and advocating for your rights at every step.


Understanding the laws surrounding obstructing a firefighter and an emergency medical person in Indiana is crucial to protect your rights and ensure a fair legal process. If you or a loved one is facing such charges, do not hesitate to reach out to B. Hicks Law. Our experienced criminal defense attorneys are ready to provide the legal representation you need and fight for the best possible outcome in your case. Your future is worth protecting, and we are here to help.

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