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Understanding Indiana's Unlawful Manufacture or Sale of Police or Fire Insignia 35-44.1-2-8



B. Hicks Law is committed to providing comprehensive legal support for individuals facing criminal charges in Indiana. Our team of experienced attorneys is well-versed in various areas of criminal law and is dedicated to protecting the rights and interests of our clients. In this blog post, we will shed light on the legal aspects of the "Unlawful Manufacture or Sale of Police or Fire Insignia" under Indiana Code (IC) 35-44.1-2-8.


What is IC 35-44.1-2-8?


IC 35-44.1-2-8 addresses the unlawful manufacture or sale of police or fire insignia in Indiana. This statute is in place to safeguard the integrity of official badges and employment identification used by law enforcement agencies and fire departments.


Key Provisions of IC 35-44.1-2-8

This statute outlines the following key provisions:


(a) Manufacturing and Sale of Official Badges and Employment Identification

  1. A person knowingly or intentionally manufactures and sells, or manufactures and offers for sale, an official badge or a replica of an official badge that is currently used by a law enforcement agency or fire department of the state or a political subdivision of the state without the written permission of the chief executive officer of the law enforcement agency commits unlawful manufacture or sale of a police or fire insignia, a Class A misdemeanor.

(b) Severity of Offense


The severity of the offense under subsection (a) varies based on the offender's intent:

  1. It becomes a Level 6 felony if the person commits the offense with the knowledge or intent that the badge or employment identification will be used to further the commission of an offense under section 6 of this chapter.

  2. It becomes a Level 4 felony if the person commits the offense with the knowledge or intent that the badge or employment identification will be used to further the commission of an offense under IC 35-47-12 or a felony terrorist offense as defined in IC 35-50-2-18.

(c) Defenses

It is a defense to a prosecution under subsection (a)(1) if the area of the badge or replica being manufactured and sold is either less than 50% or more than 150% of the area of an official badge used by a law enforcement agency or fire department.


B. Hicks Law: Your Defense Against Unlawful Manufacture or Sale Charges


If you or someone you know is facing charges under IC 35-44.1-2-8, it's crucial to have strong legal representation. B. Hicks Law is your trusted partner when it comes to defending against criminal charges in Indiana.

Our experienced attorneys understand the nuances of Indiana's criminal laws, including those related to unlawful manufacture or sale of police or fire insignia. We'll work diligently to assess the specifics of your case, identify potential defenses, and ensure your rights are protected throughout the legal process.



Understanding the legal implications of IC 35-44.1-2-8 is crucial when facing charges related to the unlawful manufacture or sale of police or fire insignia in Indiana. B. Hicks Law is here to provide you with the legal expertise and support you need to navigate these complexities and secure the best possible outcome for your case. Don't hesitate to reach out to us for a consultation and let us be your advocate in the Indiana legal system.

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