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Defending Against Professional Gambling Charges 35-45-5-3

Welcome to the official blog of B. Hicks Law, a premier criminal defense law firm dedicated to safeguarding your rights. In this post, we'll delve into Indiana Code IC 35-45-5-3, focusing on professional gambling and its implications. Our team of experienced attorneys is here to guide you through the complexities of the law, ensuring you receive the best defense possible.

Understanding IC 35-45-5-3: Professional Gambling In the state of Indiana, engaging in certain activities related to gambling can result in serious legal consequences. According to IC 35-45-5-3, a person commits professional gambling, a Level 6 felony, if they knowingly or intentionally participate in the following activities:

  1. Pool-selling

  2. Bookmaking

  3. Maintaining certain gambling devices accessible to the public

  4. Conducting lotteries or policy or numbers games

  5. Conducting banking or percentage games with cards, dice, or counters

  6. Accepting, or offering to accept, money or other property risked in gambling for profit

The severity of the offense increases to a Level 5 felony if the individual has a prior unrelated conviction under this subsection.

Professional Gambling Over the Internet: In today's digital age, the law also addresses professional gambling conducted over the Internet. An operator can face Level 6 felony charges if they knowingly or intentionally use the Internet to:

  1. Engage in pool-selling or bookmaking in Indiana or with individuals located in Indiana

  2. Maintain virtual equivalents of certain gambling devices accessible to residents of Indiana

  3. Conduct lotteries, policy or numbers games, or banking or percentage games online involving Indiana residents

  4. Accept, or offer to accept, money or other property risked in online gambling in Indiana or with individuals located in Indiana

Legal Ramifications and Defense Strategies: Being charged with professional gambling can have severe consequences, including substantial fines and potential imprisonment. At B. Hicks Law, our skilled attorneys are well-versed in Indiana's gambling laws and will work tirelessly to build a robust defense for your case. Whether challenging the evidence, exploring constitutional violations, or negotiating with prosecutors, we are committed to securing the best possible outcome for our clients. If you or someone you know is facing charges related to professional gambling under IC 35-45-5-3, it's crucial to seek the guidance of a knowledgeable and experienced legal team. B. Hicks Law is here to navigate the complexities of the law and provide you with a strong defense. Contact us today for a confidential consultation, and let us fight for your rights and freedom.


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