Indiana Code Title 35. Criminal Law and Procedure § 35-43-4-2.7

Sec. 2.7 . (a) This section does not apply to the following:

(1) A public safety officer (as defined in IC 35-47-4.5-3 ) or state police motor carrier inspector acting within the scope of the officer's or inspector's duties.

(2) A motor vehicle that must be moved because the motor vehicle is abandoned, inoperable, or improperly parked.

(3) An employee or agent of an entity that possesses a valid lien on a motor vehicle who is expressly authorized by the lienholder to repossess the motor vehicle based upon the failure of the owner or lessee of the motor vehicle to abide by the terms and conditions of the loan or lease agreement.

(b) As used in this section, “authorized operator” means a person who is authorized to operate a motor vehicle by an owner or a lessee of the motor vehicle.

(c) As used in this section, “motor vehicle” has the meaning set forth in IC 9-13-2-105(a) .

(d) A person who:

(1) enters a motor vehicle knowing that the person does not have the permission of an owner, a lessee, or an authorized operator of the motor vehicle to enter the motor vehicle;  and

(2) does not have a contractual interest in the motor vehicle;

commits unauthorized entry of a motor vehicle, a Class B misdemeanor.

(e) The offense under subsection (d) is:

(1) a Class A misdemeanor if the motor vehicle has visible steering column damage or ignition switch alteration as a result of an act described in subsection (d)(1);  or

(2) a Level 6 felony if a person occupies the motor vehicle while the motor vehicle is used to further the commission of a crime, if the person knew or should have known that a person intended to use the motor vehicle in the commission of a crime.

(f) It is a defense to a prosecution under this section that the accused person reasonably believed that the person's entry into the vehicle was necessary to prevent bodily injury or property damage.

(g) There is a rebuttable presumption that the person did not have the permission of an owner, a lessee, or an authorized operator of the motor vehicle to enter the motor vehicle if the motor vehicle has visible steering column damage or ignition switch alteration.


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