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Understanding Criminal Law: Indiana Disarming a Law Enforcement Officer 35-44.1-3-2

Welcome to the blog of B. Hicks Law, your trusted source for legal insights and guidance in Indiana. In today's post, we'll delve into a critical aspect of Indiana criminal law, specifically, the offense of disarming a law enforcement officer. This statute, outlined in IC 35-44.1-3-2, is a matter of grave concern, and understanding its implications is crucial for everyone. So, whether you're an attorney, a law enforcement officer, or simply someone seeking information on Indiana's criminal laws, this article is for you.

Disarming a Law Enforcement Officer: IC 35-44.1-3-2

Disarming a law enforcement officer is a serious offense in the state of Indiana, and its legal framework is established in IC 35-44.1-3-2. Let's break down the key elements and implications of this statute:

  1. Definition of an "Officer"

    • In this section, the term "officer" includes individuals employed by various law enforcement entities such as:

      • The department of correction

      • A law enforcement agency

      • A probation department

      • A county jail

      • A circuit, superior, county, probate, city, or town court

  • These officers are required to carry a firearm in the performance of their official duties.

  1. Prohibited Actions

    • A person commits the offense of disarming a law enforcement officer if they knowingly or intentionally take or attempt to take a firearm or weapon authorized for the officer to carry.

    • This action must occur without the officer's consent and while the officer is engaged in the performance of their official duties.


The severity of the offense of disarming a law enforcement officer in Indiana is categorized into different levels based on the consequences of the act:

  1. Level 5 Felony

    • The standard penalty for disarming an officer is a Level 5 felony.

  1. Level 3 Felony

    • If the act results in serious bodily injury to a law enforcement officer, the offense is elevated to a Level 3 felony.

  1. Level 1 Felony

    • In the most tragic cases where disarming leads to the death of a law enforcement officer, the offense is classified as a Level 1 felony, the most severe category.

It's essential to understand that these penalties can have a life-altering impact on the offender. The consequences of a felony conviction extend beyond fines and imprisonment, affecting employment opportunities, housing, and other aspects of life.

Disarming a law enforcement officer is a grave offense in Indiana with severe legal consequences. It is crucial to respect the authority and duties of law enforcement personnel and to be aware of the potential penalties associated with violating this law. If you or someone you know is facing charges related to disarming a law enforcement officer, it is imperative to seek legal counsel from an experienced criminal defense attorney who can provide guidance and representation throughout the legal process.

At B. Hicks Law, we are committed to providing the highest level of legal support and assistance to individuals facing criminal charges. If you have any questions or require legal representation, don't hesitate to contact us. We are here to help you navigate Indiana's criminal justice system and protect your rights.

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