New Indiana Laws
Many new laws were passed in the most recent (2009) legislative session. This section is intended to cover a few of those law changes that we think may be of interest to you. Remember to consult a qualified attorney if you would like more information about recent changes in the law.
Laws that affect new drivers:
The Indiana Legislature has amended and added to the laws affecting teenage drivers. Those new laws have changed such things as:
- the circumstances under which a driver under the age of 18 may have passengers;
- the the times a day that a driver under the age of 18 may operate a vehicle;
- the prohibition of the use of cell phones while operating a vehicle;
-changes to the minimum age for the issuance of a learner's permit.
Laws regarding Identity Deception:
Identity deception has become a very popular issue lately. New laws are being passed to attempt to protect citizens from attacks regarding identity. For example, one new law makes it illegal for a person to create and use a "Synthetic Identity" to harm others.
Juvenile Courts have historically provided an extra level of legal protection for juveniles due to their young age, and lack of life experience. In fact, much of what occurs in juvenile courts is held to be confidential. Of the several new laws affecting juveniles, two important changes are discussed below:
-Juvenile proceedings that were previously open to the public can now be closed during the testimony of certain service or health care providers. Such provision helps to protect the privacy of the juvenile.
-Statements of juveniles made to owners of stores in shoplifting (a.k.a. Criminal Conversion/Theft) investigations cannot be used against them in court unless the juvenile has been given an opportunity to have a meaningful consultation with a parent and then waives the juvenile's rights.
Again, these are just a few of the law changes in 2009. The sections above are only summaries of a few of those changes and are not a substitute for a consultation with a lawyer. If you have any questions about any of the above changes, consult a qualified criminal defense attorney.