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Resisting Law Enforcement and Interfering with Public Safety Charges in Indiana 35-44.1-3-1


If you or a loved one is facing charges related to resisting law enforcement or interfering with public safety in the state of Indiana, it's crucial to understand the legal implications and the potential consequences associated with these offenses. B. Hicks Law, a trusted criminal defense law firm in Indiana, is here to provide you with expert legal guidance and representation in such cases.


Indiana Code: Resisting Law Enforcement and Interfering with Public Safety

The Indiana Code, specifically IC 35-44.1-3-1, outlines the details of resisting law enforcement and interfering with public safety. Let's break down the key components of these charges:


Resisting Law Enforcement

Resisting law enforcement occurs when an individual knowingly or intentionally:

  1. Forcibly resists, obstructs, or interferes with a law enforcement officer or a person assisting the officer while the officer is lawfully engaged in the execution of their duties.

  2. Forcibly resists, obstructs, or interferes with the authorized service or execution of a civil or criminal process or order of a court.

  3. Flees from a law enforcement officer after the officer has identified themselves and ordered the person to stop.

Resisting law enforcement is typically classified as a Class A misdemeanor, except in certain circumstances outlined below.


Interfering with Public Safety

Interfering with public safety occurs when an individual, having been denied entry by a firefighter, an emergency medical services provider, or a law enforcement officer, knowingly or intentionally enters an area marked off with barrier tape or other physical barriers.

This offense is generally considered a Class B misdemeanor, except in specific situations mentioned in the law.


Enhanced Penalties

It's essential to note that these offenses can lead to more severe penalties in certain scenarios:

  • Level 6 felony if a vehicle is used in committing the offense or if the person draws or uses a deadly weapon, inflicts bodily injury, or operates a vehicle in a manner that creates a substantial risk of bodily injury to another person.

  • Level 5 felony if the offense results in serious bodily injury or if a prior unrelated conviction under this section involving the use of a vehicle in the commission of the offense is present.

  • Level 3 felony if the offense results in the death or catastrophic injury of another person.

  • Level 2 felony if the offense results in the death or catastrophic injury of a firefighter, an emergency medical services provider, or a law enforcement officer while they are engaged in their official duties.

Legal Defense

Facing these charges can be a daunting experience. However, with the right legal representation, you can effectively defend yourself or your loved one. B. Hicks Law has a team of experienced criminal defense attorneys who specialize in handling cases related to resisting law enforcement and interfering with public safety.


Our legal experts will thoroughly review the circumstances surrounding your case, assess the evidence, and build a robust defense strategy. We will work tirelessly to protect your rights and seek the best possible outcome for your situation.


Contact B. Hicks Law Today


If you or someone you know is facing charges related to resisting law enforcement or interfering with public safety in Indiana, don't hesitate to seek legal assistance. Contact B. Hicks Law for a free consultation, and let our skilled criminal defense attorneys help you navigate the legal process and fight for your rights.


We have a strong track record of successfully representing clients in a wide range of criminal cases, and we are committed to providing the best defense possible for each and every client. Your future is important to us, and we are here to support you during this challenging time.

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