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Indiana Code Title 35. Criminal Law and Procedure § 35-45-17-2

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Sec. 2. A person who knowingly or intentionally does any of the following commits panhandling, a Class C misdemeanor:

(1) Panhandling when the individual being solicited is:

(A) at a bus stop;

(B) in a:

(i) vehicle;  or

(ii) facility;

used for public transportation;

(C) in a motor vehicle that is parked or stopped on a public street or alley, unless the person soliciting the individual has the approval to do so by a unit of local government that has jurisdiction over the public street or alley;

(D) in the sidewalk dining area of a restaurant;

(E) within fifty (50) feet of:

(i) an automated teller machine;

(ii) the entrance or exit to a bank, business, or restaurant;  or

(iii) the location where a financial transaction occurs;  or

(F) within fifty (50) feet of a public monument.

(2) Panhandling while touching the individual being solicited without the solicited individual's consent.

(3) Panhandling while the individual being solicited is standing in line and waiting to be admitted to a commercial establishment.

(4) Panhandling while blocking:

(A) the path of the individual being solicited;  or

(B) the entrance to a building or motor vehicle.

(5) Panhandling while using profane or abusive language:

(A) during a solicitation;  or

(B) after the individual being solicited has declined to donate money or something else of value.

(6) Panhandling while making a statement, a gesture, or another communication to the individual being solicited that would cause a reasonable individual to:

(A) fear for the individual's safety;  or

(B) feel compelled to donate.

(7) Panhandling with at least one (1) other individual.

(8) Panhandling and then following or accompanying the solicited individual without the solicited individual's consent after the solicited individual has declined to donate money or something else of value.

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