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Classification of Offense; death , section: 9-30-5-5
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Substantive DUI/Excess Alcohol Offense, Death
IC 9-30-5-5 Classification of offense; death Sec. 5. (a) A person who causes the death of another person when operating a motor vehicle: (1) with an alcohol concentration equivalent to at least eight-hundredths (0.08) gram of alcohol per: (A) one hundred (100) milliliters of the person's blood; or (B) two hundred ten (210) liters of the person's breath; (2) with a controlled substance listed in schedule I or II of IC 35-48-2 or its metabolite in the person's blood; or (3) while intoxicated; commits a Class C felony. However, the offense is a Class B felony if the person has a previous conviction of operating while intoxicated within the five (5) years preceding the commission of the offense, or if the person operated the motor vehicle when the person knew that the person's driver's license, driving privilege, or permit is suspended or revoked for a previous conviction for operating a vehicle while intoxicated. (b) A person at least twenty-one (21) years of age who causes the death of another person when operating a motor vehicle: (1) with an alcohol concentration equivalent to at least fifteen-hundredths (0.15) gram of alcohol per: (A) one hundred (100) milliliters of the person's blood; or (B) two hundred ten (210) liters of the person's breath; or (2) with a controlled substance listed in schedule I or II of IC 35-48-2 or its metabolite in the person's blood; commits a Class B felony. (c) A person who violates subsection (a) or (b) commits a separate offense for each person whose death is caused by the violation of subsection (a) or (b). (d) It is a defense under subsection (a)(2) or subsection (b)(2) that the accused person consumed the controlled substance under a valid prescription or order of a practitioner (as defined in IC 35-48-1) who acted in the course of the practitioner's professional practice. As added by P.L.2-1991, SEC.18. Amended by P.L.53-1994, SEC.6; P.L.97-1996, SEC.4; P.L.96-1996, SEC.4; P.L.33-1997, SEC.9; P.L.1-2000, SEC.9; P.L.120-2000, SEC.1; P.L.175-2001, SEC.9; P.L.82-2004, SEC.2; P.L.76-2004, SEC.4; P.L.2-2005, SEC.36.
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