135 articles found by Jeff Terrill
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2017-12-02 Warm beer and Sundays
Most Hoosiers know that you can’t buy booze on Sunday. There are hundreds of Indiana laws governing the sale, purchase, possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages. Some of our state’s alcohol laws make sense. Some do not.
2017-11-18 Drowsy driving
Have you ever nodded off while driving? Well, you aren’t alone.
2017-11-06 Police officers: never really off the clock
Over the years, I’ve heard and read about many instances where off-duty police officers came to the aid of people in need of assistance. They could look the other way when trouble calls, but most don’t.
2017-10-19 Not so fast
In Indiana, it is illegal for a driver who is under the age of 21 to drive “while using a telecommunications device,” unless the driver is using that device to call 911. The law took effect in July of 2016.
2017-09-14 Video recording
Mike loves everything about college. He is studying finance and journalism. Mike writes for the campus newspaper. He is fascinated by the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decisions involving free speech and prior restraint.
2017-09-03 University of Jail
The college years are supposed to be some of the best of times. Many students leave college with great educations, wonderful memories and, unfortunately, criminal records.
2017-08-03 Animal cruelty
In Indiana, a person who knowingly tortures or mutilates a vertebrate animal commits a Level 6 felony punishable up to 2.5 years in jail.
2017-07-20 Dead celebrity rights
You know who Elvis Presley is, right? Well, the “King of Rock and Roll” died in 1977 at the age of 42 with about $5 million in the bank.
2017-07-08 Animal rescue
A person who rescues a domestic animal from a motor vehicle might be immune from criminal and civil liability under certain circumstances.
2017-06-19 Drones – careful where you fly that thing
Many new laws will hit the books on July 1. A few of those new laws criminalize certain behaviors involving the use of drones – also referred to as unmanned aerial vehicles
2017-06-05 Lessons in Jaywalking
According to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, traffic crashes in the U.S. took the lives of 5,376 pedestrians in 2015. Approximately 70,000 more are injured each year.
2017-05-23 Summer job
Mike loves being outdoors and can’t wait to work hard, earn some money and soak up some rays…
2017-05-04 Making the call
“Good Samaritan” laws for 911 drug overdose calls exist in almost half of the states. Indiana is not yet one of those states.
2017-04-21 License plate readers
Law enforcement agencies are using license plate readers to catch violators. The devices are mounted to the outside of police cars and can scan hundreds of license plates in a minute.
2017-04-09 Life in the fast lane
Did you know that you could go to jail for speeding? In Indiana, most traffic violations are not filed as criminal cases, but there’s a bunch of ways for an Indiana driver to commit a crime.
2017-03-22 The other March madness
March Madness is upon us. College basketball fans all over the country are filling out NCAA tournament brackets. Millions of people will pay entry fees ranging from a few bucks to hundreds of dollars and more.
2017-03-06 Quick, change the channel!
When I’m watching sports on television, I like to flip channels during commercial breaks. Not only am I trying to watch as many other games as possible, I’m also attempting to skip the ads.
2017-02-21 False informing
In Indiana, a person commits the misdemeanor offense of false informing when he gives false information during the official investigation of a crime knowing that the information is false.
2017-02-03 Jury Duties
In Indiana, the judge reads preliminary instructions to the jury before opening statements are made by the prosecutor and the defense.
2017-01-24 Theft prevention
Joe has three daughters. His oldest is 15. Her name is Meg. Meg is a bright kid.
2017-01-11 (Much more) common nuisance
T.J. is a bit of a drifter. Instead of finishing his senior year in college, T.J. takes off with some friends and hikes parts of the Pacific Crest Trail…
2016-12-15 Parental discipline
It’s against the law in Indiana to touch another person in a rude, angry or insolent way. A parent, for example, who physically disciplines his or her child likely commits the crime of battery.
2016-12-02 Recovery works
A few days ago, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy issued a report entitled “Facing Addiction in America," the first by a surgeon general, however, to confront substance addiction.
2016-11-07 Debate moderators, marijuana, and nudity
Like so many Americans, I tuned in for all three presidential debates this year.
2016-10-24 Sharing a ride
For many, football season means watching games and drinking. Whether you are tailgating at the stadium or watching at the bar, avoid driving if you’re intoxicated.
2016-10-09 Friday Night Fights
Michael can’t believe he’s in jail. Winning the game is all he wanted to do. How did this happen?
2016-09-15 Nature calls
Jim teaches at the high school and he’s one of the assistant coaches for the football team. Jim’s not a real person. On Saturday, Jim and the other coaches accompany most of the kids from the team to the big college football game…
2016-09-02 Time to go home
You’ve heard the expression, “Bad things happen at night”, or “Nothing good happens after midnight”. Bad things have been happening at night in Fort Wayne. Maybe Indiana’s curfew statute can help to change that.
2016-08-23 University of Jail
The college years are supposed to be some of the best of times. Many students leave college with great educations, wonderful memories and, unfortunately, criminal records.
2016-08-07 (Not) impaired driving
It is against the law in Indiana to operate a vehicle with marijuana or its metabolite within the driver’s body. Indiana law also prohibits the possession of marijuana.
2016-07-14 A real no brainer
According to a 2016 Prison Policy Initiative report, approximately 2.3 million people are incarcerated in the U.S. More than half of all inmates return to prison within three years from the date of their release.
2016-06-30 Indiana vaping laws
Changes are coming to the vaping industry. Many of today’s vapers are yesterday’s tobacco smokers. A vaper (one who vapes) inhales the vapor through an e-cigarette or through a vape pen or pipe
2016-06-16 Cell phone trouble
According to the Pew Research Center’s Internet & Family Life Project, 91% of U.S. adults have a cell phone. Over 66% from that same group own a smart phone.
2016-06-03 No, thank you
Stephanie sits at a reserved table near the rear of the new restaurant. She and her husband like the table because it’s out of the view from the main dining area.
2016-05-19 To go or not to go
Mark graduates from college and takes a sales job. He quickly realizes that is heart is not in it. Mark wants to help people and he wants to make a difference. He decides he should go to law school and become a lawyer.
2016-05-05 Ernesto's legacy
“You have the right to remain silent.” I’m guessing you’ve heard that line before a few times on TV and in the movies.
2016-04-21 Prom night
Meet Mary. She’s a responsible mother of two well-adjusted teenagers.
2016-04-07 Worst memory
There’s a toilet and sink only a few feet from his bed. Mike remembers how the evening began. But he struggles to recall how it ended.
2016-03-17 Indiana Tech Law School
Congratulations to Indiana Tech Law School for earning provisional accreditation from the American Bar Association
2016-02-19 Prescription pills
Many of you know. Some of you don’t. The number one cause of unintentional deaths in the U.S. is heroin and prescription drug overdose.
2016-02-09 Shoplifting
A study by the National Retail Federation found that retailers last year lost $32 billion due to shoplifting, vendor and employee theft.
2016-01-22 Public intoxication
Attorneys who represent people accused of crimes are frequently asked, “how do you defend criminals?” Many people who have never been arrested or criminally prosecuted assume that those who have must be bad.
2015-12-04 Admitting fault
Meet Jill. On her way home from work, she stops by the store to pick up the ingredients for a quick dinner…
2015-11-22 Proof of Insurance Letter
The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) suspends thousands of driving privileges each year. Impaired driving, failure to pay child support, too many traffic tickets or driving without insurance are just a few of the ways Indiana drivers can lose their licenses.
2015-11-10 Police in schools
Schools are changing. Uniformed police officers, police dogs and squad cars are a normal sight at many high schools and middle schools.
2015-10-17 Quick, change the channel!
When I’m watching sports on television, I like to flip channels during commercial breaks. Not only am I trying to watch as many other games as possible, I’m also attempting to skip the ads.
2015-10-02 Sharing a ride
For many, football season means watching games and drinking. Whether you are tailgating at the stadium or watching at the bar, avoid driving if you’re intoxicated.
2015-09-18 Recommended reading: The Indiana Law Blog
Interested in the law? Do you like to read about hot topic legal issues? Are you an attorney or are you thinking about going to law school? If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, you need to check out The Indiana Law Blog (indianlawblog.com).
2015-09-03 Overage drinking
The Indiana State Excise Police serve as the law enforcement arm of the state’s Alcohol and Tobacco Commission. If you are or ever were an underage consumer of alcoholic beverages, then you likely know a little bit about them
2015-08-20 Police chases
Dan and his wife are excited for their long weekend away without the kids. Dan’s wife booked the honeymoon suite at a resort on Lake Michigan.
2015-08-06 Initial hearing
Dan is not happy. Police arrest Dan over the weekend after his girlfriend accuses him of keying and kicking her car.
2015-07-16 Flying high
I spent a few days in Oregon with my family this summer. We loved it. Snow-capped mountains, flowing rivers, rugged beaches, nice people and craft breweries are everywhere.
2015-07-03 Prison escape
New York prison escapees and convicted killers, Richard Matt and David Sweat, came to the end of their out-of-custody journeys this week…
2015-06-18 The new “Slowpoke” law
It’s July 1, 2015. Ellen, a seventy-nine year old great grandmother of five, is driving in the right lane of the interstate.
2015-06-05 Beerly legal
Good weather is here, summer vacations are starting and this week’s topic is beer…
2015-05-18 Let new laws help you
Eric’s problems started with traffic tickets. He liked cars and he drove fast.
2015-05-04 Prom night
Meet Mary. She’s a responsible mother of two well-adjusted teenagers…
2015-04-21 Autonomous car
Google is in the process of perfecting an autonomous car. This is a car that does not need a human driver. Google’s cars look a little funny and don’t reach high speeds… yet.
2015-04-07 Don't do it
Motivating children can be a challenge. Unfortunately, sometimes bribery and extended negotiations occur within my household just to get my five year old son to do the simplest tasks
2015-03-19 Spring Break
In high school, Mike tried to convince his parents to let him drive to Florida with a few friends for spring break. Mike’s parents wouldn’t budge. They told Mike that a trip like that was too dangerous. Mike was upset, but he got over it.
2015-03-05 So you say it’s your birthday?
I’ve attended a few birthday parties over the years. The younger the birth date, the better the chances the celebration is held in a restaurant, food court or some type of skating rink or trampoline location.
2015-02-19 Little brother, big penalty
Many laws aim to punish adults who place minors in danger. For example, adults who batter kids or who sell to or give drugs to minors can receive enhanced penalties.
2015-02-05 Vehicular substance offense
People with a history of drunk driving convictions beware. Effective January 1, 2015, there’s a new law that can require a judge to sentence someone to jail or prison for an additional one to eight years.
2015-01-15 Feeling special?
Good news for Indiana drivers with suspended licenses. On January 1, 2015 a new specialized driving privilege law took effect in Indiana.
2014-12-18 Winter break
Rod loves college. He’s a sophomore at Purdue. Even though he’s only 20, he’s a regular at a few college bars near campus.
2014-12-04 Hanging out with a bad crowd
Meet Dan. He dropped out of high school three years ago. He tells people he’s taking college classes. Dan can’t keep a job, but he’s had a bunch of them over the years.
2014-11-25 Don't BYOB
Stan always has a plan. He's a twenty-two year old college student with a part-time job. Like a lot of young students, Stan spends more than he earns.
2014-11-07 Holding the bag
Two more states recently legalized the recreational use of marijuana. Earlier this year, even Indiana relaxed its marijuana laws.
2014-10-21 Not so orderly conduct
Jim lives in California with his wife and young daughter. Jim went to college in Indiana and is returning to his alma mater for a reunion of sorts. Jim is not a real guy.
2014-10-04 No car sales on Sunday
Mike is a big guy with a lot of big ideas. He falls often but he’s quick to get back on his feet. Sometimes, maybe, he’s too quick.
2014-09-23 See you in court
You can learn quite a bit about a community by visiting its courthouse. In most counties, the courthouse serves as the center of town. Many of the ninety-two counties in Indiana still use their original courthouses.
2014-09-04 New theft law
Hugh, Drew and Stew have been friends for years. They aren’t real people. Hugh is the leader of the group and whatever he does the others tend to follow. Unfortunately, Hugh’s ideas usually involve breaking the law…
2014-08-14 Failure to appear
Meet Dave. Dave doesn’t always make good decisions (and he’s not a real person, either). Two months ago, Dave punched a guy who charged at him at a concert. The prosecutor charged Dave with misdemeanor battery, a Class A misdemeanor.
2014-07-31 Funeral driving 101
Attending a funeral is tough. Driving in a funeral procession can be even tougher…
2014-07-03 Life saver
Mark is one of the best trauma surgeons in the area. He loves his job. He helps sick people get better. He saves lives.
2014-06-09 Feeling fine might be a crime
Tim is one of the youngest assistant managers at his company and makes good money for a twenty-nine year old. He’s single and works all of the time. Tim isn’t a real person.
2014-05-20 A second chance 2014
Effective March 26, 2014, lawmakers made it even more appealing for people trying to clear up an old criminal record.
2014-05-06 Bad opening
Mike is a big Jimmy Buffett fan. Every year, Mike travels to Indianapolis to see his concert. This time, Mike grabbed a ride with one of his friends. Mike and another buddy sat in the very back seat of the S.U.V. along with a giant cooler loaded with beer.
2014-04-22 New laws
It hasn’t happened since 1977, a year when fewer than five thousand people were incarcerated in Indiana prisons. Today, Indiana prisons warehouse nearly thirty thousand people.
2014-04-03 A new path
Tim is a junior in high school. His grades are horrible. He doesn’t participate in any after school programs. He doesn’t have a job.
2014-03-06 School prank to prison
Bill had a master plan. It was the kind of senior prank that his fellow students would remember.
2014-02-24 Late for court
Police arrested Justin after finding a small amount of marijuana and a pipe in his car. Justin admitted to the officer that he drank and smoked before driving…
2014-02-11 Driving in snow
Meet Joe. Joe is a twenty-three year old owner of a snowmobile, pick-up truck and a pet snake named Boiler.
2014-01-23 Snow Days
So many snow days. Moms and dads can’t take any more. Remarkably, I’ve even heard some kids complaining about missing school.
2014-01-10 Red weather warning
The polar vortex taught me a few things about thawing pipes and keeping a furnace running. I also learned that there’s some confusion about when and if an Indiana driver can hit the road during a severe weather alert.
2013-12-19 Battery Charge
In Indiana, a person who touches his or her spouse in an angry manner resulting in pain within the presence of a child commits a Class D felony.
2013-12-08 "Sexting" laws for parents
Michelle has a new boyfriend. She really likes him. Michelle is sixteen years old and so is he.
2013-11-14 Veterans court
Allen Superior Court Judge Fran Gull and Allen Circuit Court Judge Tom Felts recently announced the creation of a Joint Veterans Treatment Court.
2013-10-31 The next time you drive to Chicago…
Most of you know by now that it’s illegal to text and drive. Did you know in some areas that it’s against the law to drive and talk on your phone?
2013-10-07 Meth to the madness
You’ve probably heard by now that the manufacture, use and abuse of methamphetamine is at epidemic levels in Indiana. The most potent and addictive type of meth is also one of the easiest to make.
2013-09-22 In the zone
Construction zones can be dangerous places, and with men and women working so close to the passing cars it’s important that speeds are slow.
2013-09-06 Things aren’t always what they seem
I’ve rushed judgments. Have you ever blamed a loved one of moving your car keys only to find them moments later exactly where you last left them?
2013-08-15 Another look at the 2013 expungement laws
Earlier this summer, I wrote about the 2013 expungement laws. The new statutes raise some interesting questions, many of which don’t have just one answer.
2013-08-01 Guns on school grounds
Making it a felony to bring a gun on school property should keep kids safe, right? In Indiana, a person who possesses a firearm in or on school property or on a school bus commits a Class D felony…
2013-07-18 Little kids in jail
In Indiana, there is no minimum age for a child to be locked up in a juvenile detention facility.
2013-06-20 The new “Expungement” law
Most mistakes can be corrected. Criminal convictions, however, stick with people forever. When a person changes his life for the better, shouldn’t he get a second chance?
2013-06-06 Lifetime Opportunities
I’m going to depart from my usual topic to talk about something else for this column…
2013-05-16 Aiding a crime
Ellen worried about her nineteen year old son, Michael…
2013-05-02 Dealing in school
Keep drugs away from our kids’ schools — everyone can likely agree with that goal, right? Tough penalties for the guy who gets caught pushing drugs on a kid makes sense, don’t you think?
2013-04-18 Don't just leave the scene
Thousands of traffic accidents occur every day. Fortunately, many don’t involve injuries. Some accidents involve damage to things other than vehicles. Street signs, mailboxes and fences are just a few examples of property that vehicles damage.
2013-04-04 Don’t wait for rock bottom
Over the years, I’ve met with hundreds of families struggling with a substance abuser or addict. In most cases, by the time the family meets with the lawyer, the addict has already gotten himself into legal trouble.
2013-03-14 Time on your side. Maybe.
How about all of this extra sunshine in the evening?
2013-02-28 Police officers: never really off the clock
Over the years, I’ve heard and read about many instances where off-duty police officers came to the aid of people in need of assistance. They could look the other way when trouble calls, but most don’t.
2013-02-14 Receiving stolen property
Under Indiana law, a person who knowingly exerts unauthorized control over property of another person, with the intent to deprive the other person of any part of its value or use, commits theft, a Class D felony.
2013-01-31 Protective order — part 2
A few weeks ago I wrote about protective orders and the crime of invasion of privacy. Due to the enthusiastic response I received (from one person), I decided to write more…
2013-01-17 Gambling
Have you ever bet on a game or participated in a fantasy football league? Ever played cards for money or entered a college basketball tournament office pool?
2013-01-07 Invasion of privacy
In Indiana, a person commits the crime of invasion of privacy when he knowingly or intentionally violates a no contact or protective order.
2012-12-20 The HTV Cliff
There’s been a lot of discussion about the proximity of our economy to a fiscal cliff. But there’s another type of cliff’s edge on which thousands of unaware Indiana valid drivers sit.
2012-12-06 The privilege of silence
Have you ever heard about someone “lawyering up” or “taking the 5th”? Under the Indiana Constitution, and the Constitution of the United States, we have a protection against self-incrimination. Stated differently, we can remain silent.
2012-11-15 Gateway drugs? “Hallway” drugs are the bigger threat
OK. It’s official. Recreational marijuana use is legal in Colorado and Washington. When the new law takes effect in a month, a person in Colorado who is at least 21 years of age will be able to legally possess up to one ounce (28 grams) of marijuana or harvest up to six plants.
2012-11-01 Surprise! Your license is suspended
One ticket and a little absent-mindedness can equal big problems when it comes to your ability to drive.
2012-10-18 Need a lawyer? Go with who you know
How do you find a good lawyer? Phonebook, Internet or television might work. But I have a better suggestion…
2012-10-04 Extra special education
Do you know a youngster who is struggling in school? Does that child receive poor grades despite putting forth effort?
2012-09-20 Refuse you lose
The Allen County Prosecutor’s Office recently announced a new policy for any suspected impaired driver who refuses to submit to a breath or blood test.
2012-09-06 Drug driving
Most people in Indiana know that it’s illegal to possess or use marijuana within the state, but many don’t know that it’s against the law to drive a vehicle the day after or even a few weeks after a person last smoked marijuana.
2012-08-16 Mischief
Sometimes, people engage in a bit of mischief, acts that are usually defined as irritating or annoying. Webster’s Dictionary lists words such as “devilishness” and “rascality” as synonyms for mischief. Legally, mischievousness might get a person in trouble, but not all acts of mischief are criminal.
2012-08-02 Life in the fast lane
Did you know that you could go to jail for speeding? In Indiana, most traffic violations are not filed as criminal cases, but there’s a bunch of ways for an Indiana driver to commit a crime.
2012-07-19 Obstructed license plates
When my brother and I were kids, we joined forces on long car trips to see if we could spot a license plate from each state.
2012-07-06 New laws for 2012
Effective July 1, 2012, Indiana residents received a host of new laws. Two of the new changes to the criminal code apply to public intoxication and underage drinking.
2012-06-22 Fireworks
How long do you think a candy bar would stay on the shelves if it were causing kids to be hospitalized?
2012-06-05 Coach Clark
My goal each week is to relay some information that might help you or your friends learn something about the law that you or they might not already know. This week I’m writing about a person and a different type of court.
2012-05-21 What's a "vehicle"?
We all know that alcohol and vehicles don’t mix.
2012-05-03 Corporal punishment in schools
A few days ago, I read an article about school paddling in the USA Today. The article’s bi-line mentioned that 19 states still allowed corporal punishment in schools.
2012-04-20 Bullying and accountability
Last year, my oldest child made a pledge in school that she would not engage in bullying.
2012-04-05 Hold the phone
Several days ago, I was driving while talking on my cell phone. I steered with my left hand and held the phone in my right.
2012-03-15 Teenage brain
Kids don’t just say funny things. They do funny things. And some of those funny things can put kids in danger or on the wrong side of the law.
2012-03-01 What you know — and maybe don’t know — about synthetic marijuana
You might already know a thing or two about synthetic marijuana. It’s commonly referred to as “Spice” or “K2.”
2012-02-16 The cost of locking up suspended drivers
Prisons are full and an extended stay in one is expensive.
2012-02-02 The costs of drinking and driving
I know you have heard it thousands of times…
2012-01-19 Expunging and sealing records
Mark is 28 now. When Mark was a senior in high school, he was stopped on his way home from school by a police officer because he was speeding on a country road.
2012-01-05 Cell phones and “sexting”
Do you have a cell phone? Do you know a teenager with a cell phone? Are you young enough that you have friends who are under the age of eighteen?
2011-12-19 Battered
The question isn’t whether you have ever been battered. Instead, the question is how many times throughout your life have you been the victim of a battery.
2011-12-01 Drug dealer in your house?
Several weeks ago I wrote an article explaining just how easy it is for a drinker to commit the crime of public intoxication. You might be surprised to know that it might take even less effort to commit a drug crime.
2011-11-17 Pay our Judges Well
I’m an attorney. I deal with judges just about every day. I don’t always agree with their rulings and I can assure you they don’t always agree with me…
2011-11-03 Public intoxication
Attorneys who represent people accused of crimes are frequently asked, “how do you defend criminals?” Many people who have never been arrested or criminally prosecuted assume that those who have must be bad.
 
 
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