Sentence modification

S.E.A. 64, P.L. 45 Effective: July 1, 2018 Requires a court to advise a defendant, before accepting a guilty plea, that the court will be bound by terms of a plea agreement both at the time of sentencing and with respect to sentence modification. Provides that a … [Read more...]

Battery offenses

H.E.A. 1250, P.L. 80 Effective: July 1, 2018 Adds the following offenses to the statutory definition of "crime of violence": (1) Battery as a Level 2 felony. (2) Battery as a Level 3 felony. (3) Battery as a Level 4 felony. (4) Battery as a Level 5 felony. Adds a … [Read more...]

Drug dealing resulting in death

H.E.A. 1359, P.L. 198 Effective: July 1, 2018 Makes manufacturing or dealing certain controlled substances resulting in the death of a user: (1) a Level 1 felony if the controlled substance is cocaine, methamphetamine, or a schedule I, II, or III controlled … [Read more...]

County jail issues

H.E.A. 1263, P.L. 184 Effective: § §1-3, 6, 8-9, 14 effective March 21, 2018; §4-5, 7, 10-13 effective July 1, 2018 Sections 1 through 3 provides that a county fiscal body may adopt an ordinance to impose (within the local income tax expenditure rate) a tax rate … [Read more...]

Out of state sex or violent offenders

The House Courts and Criminal Code Committee heard SB 60 on out of state sex or violent offenders, sponsored by Rep. McNamara and Rep. Washburne. The bill provides that a failure to register as a sex or violent offender for an offense originating from another … [Read more...]

Sentence modification

The House Courts and Criminal Code Committee heard SB 64 on sentence modification, sponsored by Rep. Washburne. The bill requires a court to advise a defendant, before accepting a guilty plea, that the court will be bound by terms of a plea agreement both at the time of … [Read more...]

Crimes resulting in the loss of a fetus

The House Courts and Criminal Code Committee heard SB 203 on crimes resulting in the loss of a fetus, sponsored by Rep. Speedy.  The bill provides that the crimes of: (1) murder; (2) voluntary manslaughter; (3) involuntary manslaughter; and (4) feticide; may be … [Read more...]