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Understanding Indiana False Reporting and False Informing 35-44.1-2-3

Welcome to the official blog of B. Hicks Law, a trusted criminal defense law firm in Indiana. We understand that navigating the complex legal landscape can be a daunting task, especially when it comes to criminal offenses. Today, we're shedding light on a crucial aspect of Indiana law – false reporting and false informing, as outlined in IC 35-44.1-2-3.

False Reporting: A Level 6 Felony

False reporting in Indiana involves knowingly making a false report regarding certain serious and potentially harmful incidents. These incidents include:

  1. Explosive Devices: Reporting that you or someone else has placed or intends to place an explosive device, destructive device, or other destructive substance in a building or transportation facility.

  2. Tampering with Consumer Products: Reporting that there has been or will be tampering with a consumer product introduced into commerce.

  3. Weapons of Mass Destruction: Reporting that there has been or will be the placement or introduction of a weapon of mass destruction in a building or a place of assembly.

If you knowingly make a false report regarding any of these incidents, you could be charged with false reporting, which is considered a Level 6 felony in Indiana. It's important to note that Level 6 felonies in Indiana can result in significant penalties, including imprisonment and fines.

False Informing: A Class B Misdemeanor

False informing in Indiana encompasses a broader range of false reports and information given to law enforcement officers. This offense includes:

  1. False Crime Reports: Providing false reports of the commission of a crime or false information related to the commission of a crime to a law enforcement officer.

  2. False Fire Alarms: Making a false alarm of fire to the fire department of a governmental entity.

  3. False Ambulance Service Requests: Making a false request for ambulance service to an ambulance service provider.

  4. False Reports Concerning Missing Persons: Giving false reports or information about missing children or missing endangered adults.

  5. False Complaints Against Law Enforcement Officers: Alleging misconduct by a law enforcement officer while knowing the complaint to be false.

  6. False Reports of Missing Persons: Making false reports of missing persons.

  7. False Reports about Septic Systems: Providing false information regarding septic tank soil absorption systems or constructed wetland septic systems.

  8. False Reports about Dangerous Persons: Making false reports about individuals defined as "dangerous" under Indiana law.

False informing is considered a Class B misdemeanor, but it can escalate to a Class A misdemeanor if it substantially hinders law enforcement processes or results in harm to another person.

Defending Your Rights

At B. Hicks Law, we are dedicated to protecting your rights and ensuring that you receive a fair and just legal representation. If you find yourself facing charges related to false reporting or false informing, it's crucial to seek legal counsel promptly. Our experienced attorneys have a deep understanding of Indiana criminal law and can provide the guidance and representation you need during this challenging time.

Remember, in the eyes of the law, false reporting and false informing are serious offenses, and the consequences can be severe. If you or a loved one are in legal trouble, contact us at B. Hicks Law today. We're here to help you navigate the legal system and safeguard your rights.

For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact us today. Your future is worth defending, and we are here to stand by your side.

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