Criminal Code Overhaul - BIG changes taking place

On May 6, 2013, Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed a comprehensive overhaul of the Indiana Criminal Code into law. This overhaul will become effective on July 1, 2014. Currently, Indiana has four (4) levels of Felony charges. Under the new law, this will change to six levels. Additionally, the new code will provide for lesser sentences for lower level drug crimes, for example, Possession of Marijuana or Possession of Cocaine. However, there will be lengthier sentences for higer level crimes.

One of me biggest changes in the new criminal code will be the calculations of "credit time." Currently, most people sentenced to executed time will earn 2 for 1 credit. Meaning that, all things being equal, they would have to serve only 1/2 the original sentence in jail. Under the new law, people serving an executed sentence would have to serve 75% of their sentence.

I will be posting more on this subject in the coming weeks and months.

If you have questions regarding the new criminal code or credit time, contact Gregory A. Miller, a Fort Wayne Criminal Defense Attorney, at (260) 833-7249.