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Understanding Indiana Unlawful Encroachment on an Investigation 35-44.1-2-14

In today's blog post, we'll delve into a crucial aspect of criminal law - "Unlawful Encroachment on an Investigation." This offense is defined under Indiana Code IC 35-44.1-2-14 and deals with situations in which individuals knowingly or intentionally approach within twenty-five feet of a law enforcement officer who is lawfully engaged in the execution of their duties after being ordered to stop approaching. This offense falls under the category of Class C misdemeanors. If you or someone you know is facing charges related to unlawful encroachment on an investigation, the B. Hicks Law Firm is here to provide expert legal assistance.

Understanding IC 35-44.1-2-14

IC 35-44.1-2-14 specifies the legal framework for unlawful encroachment on an investigation. Let's break down the key elements of this law:

  1. Knowingly or Intentionally: To be charged with this offense, it must be proven that the individual knowingly or intentionally approached the law enforcement officer.

  2. Within 25 Feet: The law states that the person must approach within twenty-five feet of the officer.

  3. Lawful Engagement: This offense applies when a law enforcement officer is lawfully engaged in the execution of their duties.

  4. Officer's Order: The person must have been ordered by the officer to stop approaching. Failure to comply with this order is crucial in establishing the offense.

Consequences of Unlawful Encroachment Unlawful encroachment on an investigation is categorized as a Class C misdemeanor in Indiana. The penalties for Class C misdemeanors can include a maximum of 60 days in jail and a fine of up to $500. This can result in significant legal consequences, including a criminal record and potential damage to your reputation. How B. Hicks Law Firm Can Help When facing charges related to unlawful encroachment on an investigation, it's essential to seek legal representation. The experienced criminal defense attorneys at B. Hicks Law Firm understand the complexities of Indiana criminal law, including IC 35-44.1-2-14. Here's how we can assist you:

  1. Legal Expertise: Our legal team is well-versed in Indiana's criminal code and can provide expert guidance tailored to your specific case.

  2. Case Assessment: We will assess the details of your case, looking for possible defenses and opportunities to challenge the charges.

  3. Negotiation and Litigation: Whether it's negotiating for a reduced charge or taking your case to court, our attorneys will vigorously defend your rights.

  4. Peace of Mind: Facing criminal charges can be incredibly stressful. We aim to provide you with peace of mind by offering unwavering support throughout your legal proceedings.

If you or someone you know is facing charges related to unlawful encroachment on an investigation, don't hesitate to reach out to the B. Hicks Law Firm. We are dedicated to providing high-quality legal defense, ensuring that your rights are protected and that you receive a fair and just outcome in your case. Contact us today for a consultation, and let us put our legal expertise to work for you. Your future and reputation are worth fighting for, and we are here to stand by your side.

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