Introduced Version




Citations Affected: IC 35-44-2-2.

Synopsis: False reporting. Makes the crime of false reporting the presence of explosives, product tampering, or weapons of mass destruction a Class C felony instead of a Class D felony.

Effective: July 1, 2005.


    January 4, 2005, read first time and referred to Committee on Corrections, Criminal, and Civil Matters.


First Regular Session 114th General Assembly (2005)

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    A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning criminal law and procedure.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

    SECTION 1. IC 35-44-2-2 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2005]: Sec. 2. (a) As used in this section, "consumer product" has the meaning set forth in IC 35-45-8-1.
    (b) As used in this section, "misconduct" means a violation of a departmental rule or procedure of a law enforcement agency.
    (c) A person who reports, by telephone, telegraph, mail, or other written or oral communication, that:
        (1) the person or another person has placed or intends to place an explosive, a destructive device, or other destructive substance in a building or transportation facility;
        (2) there has been or there will be tampering with a consumer product introduced into commerce; or
        (3) there has been or will be placed or introduced a weapon of mass destruction in a building or a place of assembly;
knowing the report to be false commits false reporting, a Class D Class C felony.
    (d) A person who:

        (1) gives a false report of the commission of a crime or gives false information in the official investigation of the commission of a crime, knowing the report or information to be false;
        (2) gives a false alarm of fire to the fire department of a governmental entity, knowing the alarm to be false;
        (3) makes a false request for ambulance service to an ambulance service provider, knowing the request to be false;
        (4) gives a false report concerning a missing child (as defined in IC 10-13-5-4) or gives false information in the official investigation of a missing child knowing the report or information to be false; or
        (5) makes a complaint against a law enforcement officer to the state or municipality (as defined in IC 8-1-13-3) that employs the officer:
            (A) alleging the officer engaged in misconduct while performing the officer's duties; and
            (B) knowing the complaint to be false;
commits false informing, a Class B misdemeanor. However, the offense is a Class A misdemeanor if it substantially hinders any law enforcement process or if it results in harm to an innocent person.
    SECTION 2. [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2005] IC 35-44-2-2, as amended by this act, applies only to crimes committed after June 30, 2005.