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Navigating Indiana's Electronic Gaming Laws: Understanding IC 35-45-5-3.5

Welcome to the official blog of B. Hicks Law, your go-to source for insightful information on criminal defense matters. In this edition, we delve into the complexities of Indiana's electronic gaming laws, specifically focusing on IC 35-45-5-3.5. This statute addresses the possession of electronic gaming devices and the maintenance of professional gambling sites, with a unique exception for antique slot machines. Understanding IC 35-45-5-3.5: IC 35-45-5-3.5 outlines the legal consequences associated with the possession of electronic gaming devices in the state of Indiana. Let's break down the key components of this statute:

  1. Possession of Electronic Gaming Device (Subsection a):

    • Individuals found in possession of electronic gaming devices can be charged with a Class A infraction, unless an exception applies.


  1. Maintaining a Professional Gambling Site (Subsection b):

    • Knowingly or intentionally accepting or offering to accept money or property risked in gambling on an electronic gaming device constitutes maintaining a professional gambling site, a Level 6 felony.

    • If the offender has a prior unrelated conviction under this subsection, the offense is elevated to a Level 5 felony.


  1. Exception for Antique Slot Machines (Subsection c):

    • Subsection (a) does not apply to individuals who possess an antique slot machine.

    • The person must restrict the display and use of the antique slot machine to their private residence and should not use it for profit.


  1. Definition of Antique Slot Machine (Subsection d):

    • An antique slot machine is defined as a slot machine that is at least forty (40) years old and is possessed and used for decorative, historic, or nostalgic purposes.

Navigating the nuances of Indiana's electronic gaming laws requires a thorough understanding of IC 35-45-5-3.5. B. Hicks Law is well-equipped to guide individuals through the legal intricacies associated with these statutes. If you find yourself facing charges related to the possession of electronic gaming devices or maintaining a professional gambling site, our experienced criminal defense attorneys are here to provide expert counsel and representation. Conclusion: Stay informed, stay protected. B. Hicks Law is dedicated to keeping you abreast of the latest developments in criminal defense law. If you have questions about IC 35-45-5-3.5 or any other legal matters, don't hesitate to contact our team. Remember, knowledge is power, and with B. Hicks Law by your side, you can navigate the legal landscape with confidence.


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