Until recently, the Indiana Criminal Code has been largely the same for the last thirty years. However, as times and law enforcement practice evolve, so must the law governing them. Amongst the many changes made to the new Indiana Criminal Code were significant changes to how felonies are classified and their penalty ranges.
Under the old Indiana Criminal Code, felonies were divided into four levels and given letters to describe them. Each felony level had its own range of penalties with an advisory (or starting point) sentence somewhere in between. Class D Felonies were punishable by a range of penalties between 180 days and three (3) years; with an advisory sentence of 545 days. Class C Felonies were punishable by a range of penalties between two (2) years and eight (8) years; with an advisory sentence of four (4) years. Class B Felonies were punishable by a range of penalties between six (6) years and twenty (20) years; with an advisory sentence of ten (10) years. And Class A Felonies were punishable by a range of penalties between twenty (20) and fifty (50) years; with an advisory sentence of thirty (30) years. Murder – having always had its own range of penalties – was punishable by a range of penalties between forty-five (45) years and sixty-five (65) years; with an advisory sentence of fifty-five (55) years.
Under the new Indiana Criminal Code, felonies are now divided into six levels and given numbers to describe them. Each felony level has its own range of penalties with an advisory sentence; in a similar fashion to the old Indiana Criminal Code. Similarly, Murder continues to have its own offense level with penalties. The categories under the new Code are:
Offense Level, Range, Advisory Sentence
Murder, 45-65 years, 55 years
Level 1, 20-40 years, 30 years
Level 2, 10-30 years, 17.5 years
Level 3, 3-16 years, 9 years
Level 4, 2-12 years, 6 years
Level 5, 1-6 years, 3 years
Level 6, .5-2.5 years, 1 years
As the new Indiana Criminal Code is now in effect for offenses occurring after July 1, 2014, make sure that you understand how its changes could impact your rights by contacting the attorneys at Keffer Hirschauer LLP. We stand ready to provide our clients with trusted representation and accurate information regarding the law and its application to your case. Act now and contact us today at 1-800-NOT GUILTY or (317) 857-0160.