TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - July 1 brought some new laws to the books in the Hoosier state.
One of the more controversial ones, perhaps, will be the one that offers convicted felons and those convicted of some misdemeanor crimes a clean start.
"It can't be a crime of violence, that's a class-D felony; it can't be a sex offense, that's a class-D felony; and certain crimes would be excluded: murder and rape," said Joe Etling, a prominent Terre Haute attorney.
Other new laws also call for pharmacists in Indiana to be able to offer shots for pneumonia, tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, HPV infections, and meningitis.
The new law also lowers the age limit of pharmacists to 11. Pharmacists had been limited to flu and shingles vaccines in most cases.
Fines for parking in handicap spaces are on the rise. The minimum fine will double to $100, and again that's just the minimum.
Anti-bullying is a big topic in Indiana this year.
Hoosier teachers will receive training on how to spot signs of bullying and will be required to report such incidents to school administrators. School leaders must then report back to parents.
As far as the law to expunge records, Etling and other attorneys recommend a person to seek legal counsel when attempting the process.
"This process gives people an opportunity to get to work, to pursue good paying jobs -- jobs that they can support their family with," Etling said. "And that if they made an error in their youth, or even as an adult, that if they've demonstrated good behavior, good judgment, that they have an opportunity to put that chapter behind them, and stay in the State of Indiana."
Thursday night’s church fire in Prairie Creek in Vigo County was still smoldering Friday afternoon.
An assault leaves one man seriously injured.
The warmer weather is a thing of the past, and it's expected to get worse.
Local Marines helped spread some holiday cheer today.
Terre Haute Police filed citations against one Terre Haute towing business earlier this year. Andrews Towing and investigators were in city court Friday morning for the first time.
Seven new Indiana Conservation Officers officially joined the DNR Division of Law Enforcement during graduation ceremonies Friday at the Indiana Government Center South.