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Indiana Promoting Professional Gambling IC 35-45-5-4 with B. Hicks Law



In the realm of legal intricacies, understanding the nuances of gambling laws is crucial, especially in a state like Indiana where regulations can be detailed and comprehensive. Among the statutes governing gambling practices in Indiana, one key law that often surfaces in various legal matters is IC 35-45-5-4, addressing Promoting Professional Gambling.


At B. Hicks Law, we believe in empowering our clients with comprehensive knowledge, helping them navigate the legal landscape with confidence. Let's delve into the specifics of IC 35-45-5-4 and decipher its implications.


Understanding IC 35-45-5-4: The Essence of Promoting Professional Gambling


This statute delineates several actions that are considered felonies when related to gambling devices or information. Here's a breakdown:

  1. Ownership and Actions with Gambling Devices: The law prohibits knowingly owning, manufacturing, possessing, buying, selling, renting, leasing, repairing, or transporting a gambling device, or soliciting an interest in one.

  2. Transmission of Gambling Information: Transmitting or receiving gambling information before an event where gambling might occur is prohibited. Installing or maintaining equipment for such transmissions is also covered.

  3. Permitting Professional Gambling: Allowing another person to use a place for professional gambling, when having control over its use, is deemed unlawful.

The Exceptions: When the Law Doesn’t Apply


Exceptions carved within the statute provide clarity in specific scenarios:

  • Boat Manufacturers: The law doesn’t apply to boat manufacturers who transport or possess gambling devices solely for installation in boats intended for sale, provided these devices are not displayed publicly or made available for use in Indiana.

  • Possession of Antique Slot Machines: Individuals possessing antique slot machines, restricted to private residences and used solely for non-profit, decorative, historic, or nostalgic purposes, are exempt from this law.

  • Role of Public Utilities: When law enforcement notifies a public utility of potential illegal use of its services for gambling activities, the utility is obliged to discontinue such services without facing penalties or damages.

Navigating the Complexities with Legal Assistance

Understanding the legalities surrounding gambling laws in Indiana demands meticulous attention to detail. Navigating through the intricacies and exceptions within IC 35-45-5-4 requires legal expertise to ensure compliance or assert rights under specific circumstances.


At B. Hicks Law, we specialize in criminal defense and offer our clients the guidance and representation needed to navigate these complex legal waters. Our team comprises experienced attorneys well-versed in Indiana laws, equipped to provide tailored legal counsel and representation, ensuring the best possible outcomes for our clients.


If you find yourself entangled within the complexities of gambling laws or facing legal challenges related to IC 35-45-5-4, don’t hesitate to reach out. Our firm is committed to offering comprehensive legal solutions and advocating for your rights.


In conclusion, understanding IC 35-45-5-4 and its implications is vital to ensure compliance and protect individual rights. Should you require legal assistance or clarification regarding this statute, B. Hicks Law stands ready to provide the support and expertise needed for a favorable resolution.

(Disclaimer: This blog post is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. For personalized legal guidance, it's advisable to consult with a qualified attorney.)


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