Effective July 1, 2014, Indiana Criminal Code will be drastically changed. The current four felony levels will be expanded to six levels. Misdemeanor charge levels are unaffected by the new law. These revisions are the most significant changes the criminal code in a generation.
The penalty ranges for the new levels of felonies are as follows (minimum - advisiory sentence - maximum):
Class 1: 20 years - 30 years - 40 years
Class 2: 10 years - 17.5 years - 30 years
Class 3: 3 years - 9 years - 16 years
Class 4: 2 years - 6 years - 12 years
Class 5: 1 year - 3 years - 6 years
Class 6: 6 months - 1 year - 2.5 years
Examples offenses by levels of felony are:
Class 1: Attempted Murder, Child Molesting, and Sexual Misconduct with a Minor.
Class 2: Robbery with serious bodily injury, Arson with serious bodily injury, and dealing in cocaine >10 grams.
Class 3: Aggravated Battery, Kidnapping, Criminal Confinement with deadly weapon, and dealing controlled substance > 28 grams.
Class 4: Dealing in controlled substance <28 grams, Unlawful Possession of firearm by violent felon, and Arson.
Class 5: Robbery, Theft >$50,000, certain Stalking offenses, Non-Support>$15000, and Burglary.
Class 6: Domestic Battery with prior conviction, interference with custody, strangulation, sexual battery, theft < $50,000, Intimidation, and Prostitution w/ prior convictions.
If you, a friend, or family member has questions regarding the changes to Indiana's Criminal Code, please contact Gregory A. Miller, a Fort Wayne Criminal Defense Lawyer, at (260) 833-7249.