Second Regular Session 117th General Assembly (2012)


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    SENATE ENROLLED ACT No. 274



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

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

SOURCE: IC 7.1-1-3-19.7; (12)SE0274.1.1. -->
    SECTION 1. IC 7.1-1-3-19.7 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2012]: Sec. 19.7. "Law enforcement officer", for purposes of IC 7.1-5-1-6.5, has the meaning set forth in IC 35-41-1-17(a).
SOURCE: IC 7.1-5-1-3; (12)SE0274.1.2. -->     SECTION 2. IC 7.1-5-1-3 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2012]: Sec. 3. Subject to section 6.5 of this chapter, it is a Class B misdemeanor for a person to be in a public place or a place of public resort in a state of intoxication caused by the person's use of alcohol or a controlled substance (as defined in IC 35-48-1-9).
SOURCE: IC 7.1-5-1-6; (12)SE0274.1.3. -->     SECTION 3. IC 7.1-5-1-6 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2012]: Sec. 6. Subject to section 6.5 of this chapter, it is a Class B misdemeanor for a person to be, or to become, intoxicated as a result of the person's use of alcohol or a controlled substance (as defined in IC 35-48-1-9) in or upon a vehicle commonly used for the public transportation of passengers, or in or upon a common carrier, or in or about a depot, station, airport, ticket office, waiting room or platform.
SOURCE: IC 7.1-5-1-6.5; (12)SE0274.1.4. -->     SECTION 4. IC 7.1-5-1-6.5 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2012]: Sec. 6.5. (a) A law enforcement officer may not take a

person into custody based solely on the commission of an offense involving alcohol described in subsection (b) if the law enforcement officer, after making a reasonable determination and considering the facts and surrounding circumstances, reasonably believes that all of the following apply:
        (1) The law enforcement officer has contact with the person because the person either:
            (A) requested emergency medical assistance; or
            (B) acted in concert with another person who requested emergency medical assistance;
        for an individual who reasonably appeared to be in need of medical assistance due to alcohol consumption.
        (2) The person described in subdivision (1)(A) or (1)(B):
            (A) provided:
                (i) the person's full name; and
                (ii) any other relevant information requested by the law enforcement officer;
            (B) remained at the scene with the individual who reasonably appeared to be in need of medical assistance due to alcohol consumption until emergency medical assistance arrived; and
            (C) cooperated with emergency medical assistance personnel and law enforcement officers at the scene.
    (b) A person who meets the criteria of subsection (a)(1) and (a)(2) is immune from criminal prosecution for an offense under:
        (1) section 3 of this chapter if the offense involved a state of intoxication caused by the person's use of alcohol;
        (2) section 6 of this chapter if the offense involved the person being, or becoming, intoxicated as a result of the person's use of alcohol; and
        (3) IC 7.1-5-7-7.

     (c) A person may not initiate or maintain an action against a law enforcement officer based on the officer's compliance or failure to comply with this section.

SOURCE: IC 7.1-5-7-7; (12)SE0274.1.5. -->     SECTION 5. IC 7.1-5-7-7 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2012]: Sec. 7. (a) Subject to IC 7.1-5-1-6.5, it is a Class C misdemeanor for a minor to knowingly:
        (1) possess an alcoholic beverage;
        (2) consume it; or
        (3) transport it on a public highway when not accompanied by at least one (1) of his parents or guardians.
    (b) If a minor is found to have violated subsection (a) while

operating a motor vehicle, the court may order the minor's driver's license suspended for up to one (1) year. However, if the minor is less than eighteen (18) years of age, the court shall order the minor's driver's license suspended for at least sixty (60) days.
    (c) The court shall deliver any order suspending the minor's driver's license under this section to the bureau of motor vehicles, which shall suspend the minor's driver's license under IC 9-24-18-12 for the period ordered by the court.


SEA 274 _ Concur

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