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Indiana Lifeline Law

Indiana Lifeline Law Outline

  • Indiana's Lifeline Law provides that a person is immune from arrest or prosecution for certain alcohol offenses if the arrest or prosecution is due to the person: (1) reporting a medical emergency; (2) being the victim of a sex offense; or (3) witnessing and reporting what the person believes to be a crime.
  • Within the State of Indiana, "the Lifeline Law provides immunity for the crimes of public intoxication, minor in possession, minor in consumption, and similar laws, to persons who identify themselves to law enforcement while seeking medical assistance for a person suffering from an alcohol-related health emergency.  In order to receive immunity, the reporting individual must demonstrate that they are acting in good faith by fulfilling the following expectations:
    • Providing their full name and any other relevant information at the request of law enforcement officers.
    • Remaining on the scene until law enforcement and emergency medical assistance dismiss.
    • Cooperating with all authorities.
  • The Indiana Lifeline Law will not interfere with law enforcement procedures or limit the ability to prosecute for other criminal offenses such as providing alcohol to minors, operating vehicles while intoxicated, or the possession of a controlled substance.

For more on Indiana's Lifeline Law visit: www.IndianaLifeline.org