In Indiana, invasion of privacy statutes are designed to protect those who have sought legal intervention to prevent individuals from physical or communicative contact. The statute itself is one means of enforcing those orders, as it levies criminal penalties for violating previous court orders imposed by the state.
What the Law Says
Listed in the Indiana Criminal Code as I.C. 35-46-1-15.1, a person is guilty of invasion of privacy if he "knowingly or intentionally violates a protective order, no contact order, workplace violence restraining order, or a similar order issued by a court of another state or Indian tribe."
In Indiana, there are A class, B class, and C class misdemeanors. Indiana considers A class misdemeanors to be the most heinous type, and class C misdemeanors to be the least serious. Invasion of privacy is considered to be a class A misdemeanor.
Being convicted of invasion of privacy can lead to both internment and financial penalties. According to Indiana statutes, conviction for a class A misdemeanor can lead to a maximum penalty of a fixed jail term of no more than one year. Additionally, courts can impose a fine of no more than $5,000.
If an individual has a related or unrelated conviction for invasion of privacy, the crime is no longer considered a misdemeanor and is instead charged as a Class D felony. In Indiana courts, class D felonies are punishable by longer terms and more substantial fines. A person who commits a class D felony may be imprisoned for six months to three years and may face fines of up to $10,000.
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