July 1 is new law day

July 1, 2010
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It’s July 1, and that means new laws take effect in Indiana. Many of the 115 new laws passed by the General Assembly this year become effective today.

Don’t be offended if the cashier at your favorite liquor store or supermarket asks for your ID, even if you are obviously older than 21. The new law requires everyone to be carded.

If you owe money on your child support, best to stay away from our state’s riverboat casinos and horse-racing facilities. They are required to withhold cash winnings from delinquent parents who owe more than $2,000 and are at least three months behind in payments.

Pharmacies and other retailers will have to warn you that if you buy more than 3.6 grams of medicine with ephedrine or pseudoephedrine, you’re committing a crime. Look out for signs posted about the warning.

The courts can require the defendant in a domestic violence case to wear a GPS tracking devices as a condition of bail.

Certain courts also may now establish a problem-solving court for alternative treatment and rehabilitation.

If you drive your car while committing or attempting to commit operating while intoxicated, and kill a pregnant woman, you could be charged with involuntary manslaughter.

If you try to find out if your neighbor has a gun permit, you may have trouble. A new law says information submitted by someone to get or renew a gun permit and the name, address, or any other info that may be used to identify that person is confidential and not open to public inspection.

There are obviously many more laws that take effect today. You can read them all at http://www.in.gov/legislative/index.htm.
 

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  1. Frankly, it is tragic that you are even considering going to an expensive, unaccredited "law school." It is extremely difficult to get a job with a degree from a real school. If you are going to make the investment of time, money, and tears into law school, it should not be to a place that won't actually enable you to practice law when you graduate.

  2. As a lawyer who grew up in Fort Wayne (but went to a real law school), it is not that hard to find a mentor in the legal community without your school's assistance. One does not need to pay tens of thousands of dollars to go to an unaccredited legal diploma mill to get a mentor. Having a mentor means precisely nothing if you cannot get a job upon graduation, and considering that the legal job market is utterly terrible, these students from Indiana Tech are going to be adrift after graduation.

  3. 700,000 to 800,000 Americans are arrested for marijuana possession each year in the US. Do we need a new justice center if we decriminalize marijuana by having the City Council enact a $100 fine for marijuana possession and have the money go towards road repair?

  4. I am sorry to hear this.

  5. I tried a case in Judge Barker's court many years ago and I recall it vividly as a highlight of my career. I don't get in federal court very often but found myself back there again last Summer. We had both aged a bit but I must say she was just as I had remembered her. Authoritative, organized and yes, human ...with a good sense of humor. I also appreciated that even though we were dealing with difficult criminal cases, she treated my clients with dignity and understanding. My clients certainly respected her. Thanks for this nice article. Congratulations to Judge Barker for reaching another milestone in a remarkable career.

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