Case Clips: Knight v. State, 20A-CR-268, __ N.E.3d __ (Ind. Ct. App., Sep. 15, 2020)

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Indiana Office of Court Services on 9/21/2020 by Pyle, J.

James T. Knight (“Knight”)—who is a licensed Indiana attorney and who pled guilty to Class A misdemeanor battery in exchange for the dismissal of two felony criminal confinement charges, a felony domestic battery charge, and a misdemeanor domestic battery charge—appeals the trial court’s order amending the conditions of his probation pursuant to INDIANA CODE § 35-38-2- 1.8. Knight argues that the trial court abused its discretion and committed fundamental error when it amended his probation conditions to include a community service condition, requiring Knight to complete 600 hours of service during his one-year probationary period and to report his hours to probation on a monthly basis. Knight raises procedural challenges under INDIANA CODE § 35-38-2-1.8 to the trial court’s imposition of the community service condition and a substantive challenge to the condition.