The Senate Corrections and Criminal Law Committee heard SB 158 on domestic violence authored by Sen. Crider.The bill provides a list of offenses that qualify as crimes of domestic violence. The bill increases the time period that a person arrested for a crime of domestic violence may not be released on bail from 8 to 24 hours. The bill provides that a charge of invasion of privacy is elevated to a Level 6 felony if the person has a prior unrelated criminal stalking conviction. The bill also provides that attempted murder, strangulation, and human trafficking are now considered serious violent felonies for the purposes of unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon.
The Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council and the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence testified in support of the bill. The Indiana Public Defender Council testified in opposition. The bill passed 6-2.
Read the bill at: https://iga.in.gov/legislative/2023/bills/senate/158