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Defending Against Indiana's Tampering and Poisoning Laws 35-43-1-5

Welcome to the official blog of B. Hicks Law, your trusted criminal defense law firm in Indiana. In this article, we're going to delve into the intricacies of two specific crimes under Indiana Code (IC) 35-43-1-5: Tampering with a water supply and Poisoning. These offenses are not to be taken lightly and can result in severe consequences if you find yourself facing them. At B. Hicks Law, we have the expertise and experience to help you navigate through the legal process and build a strong defense.

Tampering with a Water Supply

IC 35-43-1-5 outlines the offense of tampering with a water supply, which is considered a Level 4 felony in the state of Indiana. This offense occurs when a person, with the intent to cause serious bodily injury, tampers with a:

  1. Water supply

  2. Water treatment plant (as defined in IC 13-11-2-264)

  3. Water distribution system (as defined in IC 13-11-2-259)

Consequences of Tampering

The penalties for tampering with a water supply are severe. If convicted, you may face imprisonment and substantial fines. However, the gravity of the offense increases significantly if it results in the death of any person. In such cases, tampering with a water supply becomes a Level 2 felony, with even harsher consequences.


IC 35-43-1-5 also addresses the crime of poisoning, a Level 3 felony in Indiana. This offense occurs when a person recklessly, knowingly, or intentionally poisons a public water supply with the intent to cause serious bodily injury. Poisoning is a serious crime with potentially life-altering consequences.

Building a Strong Defense

If you or someone you know is facing charges related to tampering with a water supply or poisoning, it is crucial to seek legal representation immediately. At B. Hicks Law, our experienced criminal defense attorneys are well-versed in Indiana's criminal laws and have a proven track record of providing strong, strategic defense for our clients.

We will work tirelessly to investigate the details of your case, gather evidence, and challenge the prosecution's claims. Our ultimate goal is to protect your rights and secure the best possible outcome for your situation.

In Indiana, tampering with a water supply and poisoning are grave offenses with the potential for severe penalties. It is essential to consult with a skilled criminal defense attorney who understands the intricacies of the law and can provide you with the guidance and representation you need. At B. Hicks Law, we are committed to fighting for your rights and ensuring that you receive the best possible defense. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step toward safeguarding your future.

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