Bill would alter plea agreement, sentencing requirements

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The Indiana Lawyer on January 5, 2017

Judges would no longer be required to advise criminal defendants of the earliest and latest possible release dates under legislation introduced in the Indiana Senate. The legislation also would strike language that shields rejected plea agreements and proceedings from the official court record.

Those are the provisions of Senate Bill 120 authored by Sen. Eric Koch, R- Bedford.

The bill would amend I.C. 35-35-3-3 by striking current law reading, “Neither the content of the plea agreement, the presentence report, nor the hearing shall be a part of the official record of the case unless the court approves the plea agreement.”  READ ON