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Understanding False Identity Statements in Indiana 35-44.1-2-4: B. Hicks Law Can Help

In the state of Indiana, the legal system takes matters of identity and honesty very seriously. Making false statements regarding one's identity in official proceedings or investigations can lead to criminal charges, specifically under IC

, which addresses False Identity Statements. In this blog post, we'll delve into the details of this law, what it entails, and how B. Hicks Law, a criminal defense law firm, can provide valuable assistance if you're facing legal issues related to false identity statements.

What is IC 35-44.1-2-4?

IC 35-44.1-2-4 is a specific section of Indiana's legal code that deals with false identity statements. It outlines the following key elements:

  1. Intent to Mislead Public Servants: To be charged under this law, a person must have the intent to mislead public servants. This implies that the false statements are made with the purpose of deceiving or misleading law enforcement or other public officials.

  2. In a Five-Year Period: The law applies if a person has made false identity statements within a five-year period. This means that it considers a history of false statements, not just isolated incidents.

  3. In Official Proceedings or Investigations: The false identity statements must occur in one or more official proceedings or investigations. This could include encounters with law enforcement, court proceedings, or other formal legal situations.

Penalty for False Identity Statements

According to IC 35-44.1-2-4, knowingly making at least two material statements concerning one's identity that are inconsistent to the degree that one of them is necessarily false constitutes a Class A misdemeanor. A Class A misdemeanor in Indiana can carry significant penalties, including fines and imprisonment. Therefore, it's crucial to take this offense seriously and seek legal counsel when facing such charges.

Defending Against False Identity Statements

It's important to note that, as provided in subsection (b) of the law, it can be a defense to a prosecution that the material statements concerning the person's identity are accurate or were accurate in the past. This highlights the complexity of such cases and the importance of skilled legal representation. Accurate legal advice and defense are essential in such situations to ensure that your rights are protected and that you have the best possible outcome.

How B. Hicks Law Can Help

Facing a Class A misdemeanor charge for false identity statements can be daunting, but you don't have to navigate this legal journey alone. B. Hicks Law is a trusted criminal defense law firm that specializes in cases like these. Our experienced attorneys have a deep understanding of Indiana's legal system and can provide you with the guidance and defense you need.

Our skilled lawyers will investigate the specifics of your case, assess the evidence, and build a robust defense strategy. We will work diligently to protect your rights, explore all potential legal defenses, and aim for the best possible outcome in your case.

False identity statements can lead to serious legal consequences in Indiana, but with the right legal representation, you can navigate these challenges effectively. B. Hicks Law is here to provide you with expert advice and strong defense if you're facing charges related to false identity statements. Don't hesitate to reach out to us for a consultation and let us help you through this difficult time. Your future and freedom are our top priorities.

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