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Understanding Indiana's Public Nudity Laws 35-45-4-1.5


In the state of Indiana, laws regarding public nudity are clearly defined under Indiana Code (IC) 35-45-4-1.5. Understanding these statutes is crucial for residents and visitors alike, as violations can lead to misdemeanor or even felony charges. B. Hicks Law, a prominent criminal defense law firm, is here to shed light on the intricacies of these regulations and provide guidance for those facing public nudity charges.


Overview of IC 35-45-4-1.5:

IC 35-45-4-1.5 outlines the various scenarios and corresponding penalties related to public nudity. Let's break down the key components of this statute:

(a) Definition of Nudity:

Before delving into the offenses, it's important to understand the term "nudity." According to section 1(d) of this chapter, nudity is defined in a manner specified by the statute.

(b) Class C Misdemeanor:

A person who knowingly or intentionally appears in a public place in a state of nudity commits public nudity, a Class C misdemeanor. This sets the baseline for public nudity offenses without any additional intent.

(c) Class B Misdemeanor:

If an individual appears in a public place in a state of nudity with the specific intent to be seen by another person, they commit a Class B misdemeanor. This recognizes the heightened level of offense when there is an intention to expose oneself to others.

(d) Class A Misdemeanor or Level 6 Felony:

The severity of the offense increases when nudity occurs in specific locations or with the intent to arouse sexual desires. These locations include school grounds, public parks, or on department of natural resources owned or managed property. Committing public nudity in these areas constitutes a Class A misdemeanor. However, if the individual has a prior unrelated conviction under this subsection or under subsection (c), the offense is elevated to a Level 6 felony.


Recent Amendments:

It's essential to note that the law is subject to change. IC 35-45-4-1.5 has been amended by P.L.123-2003 and further modified by P.L.158-2013, SEC.525, demonstrating the state's ongoing efforts to refine and clarify public nudity regulations.


Legal Defense with B. Hicks Law:

If you or someone you know is facing charges related to public nudity under IC 35-45-4-1.5, it's crucial to seek legal guidance promptly. B. Hicks Law, with its expertise in criminal defense, can provide the necessary support to navigate these complex legal matters. Our experienced attorneys understand the nuances of Indiana's legal system and will work tirelessly to ensure the best possible outcome for your case.


Navigating the legal landscape surrounding public nudity in Indiana requires a clear understanding of the statutes outlined in IC 35-45-4-1.5. B. Hicks Law is committed to assisting individuals facing charges related to public nudity, offering expert legal representation and guidance throughout the legal process. If you find yourself in such a situation, don't hesitate to reach out to B. Hicks Law for the support you need.

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