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Protecting Your Driving Privileges: Understanding Fuel Theft Laws in Indiana 35-43-4-8

Are you aware of the legal consequences for fuel theft in Indiana? If not, it's essential to be informed, as this offense can lead to the suspension of your driving privileges. At B. Hicks Law, we understand the complexity of criminal law in Indiana, including fuel theft cases. In this blog post, we'll shed light on Indiana Code 35-43-4-8 and how it pertains to the suspension of driving privileges for fuel theft.

Fuel Theft and Its Consequences

Fuel theft, often involving the unauthorized taking of gasoline or motor vehicle fuel, is a serious offense in Indiana. According to IC 35-43-4-8, you can face suspension of your driving privileges if you're convicted of an offense under section 2 or 3 of this chapter. These offenses typically involve:

  1. Leaving a Gas Station Premises Without Payment: If you operate a motor vehicle to leave a gas station after the fuel has been dispensed into your vehicle's tank without making the required payment or obtaining authorization via credit card, debit card, charge card, or a similar payment method, you could be subject to legal consequences.

  2. Suspension of Driving Privileges: Upon conviction, the court will issue an order to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. This order will state that you've been convicted of an offense related to the unauthorized taking of fuel and will order the suspension of your driving privileges under IC 9-30-13-8.

Understanding the Legal Penalties

It's crucial to realize that the suspension of your driving privileges under IC 35-43-4-8 is in addition to other penalties prescribed by Indiana law. For a Class A misdemeanor, you may face penalties as per IC 35-50-3-2, and for a Level 6 felony, penalties may apply under IC 35-50-2-7.

Why You Need Legal Representation

Facing fuel theft charges is a serious matter. It's essential to have competent legal representation to ensure that your rights are protected and that you receive a fair outcome in court. B. Hicks Law is a dedicated criminal defense law firm with extensive experience in handling fuel theft cases and other criminal offenses. Our team of skilled attorneys can assist you in understanding your rights, building a strong defense, and guiding you through the legal process.


Fuel theft is a crime that can result in the suspension of your driving privileges, which can have significant implications on your daily life. If you find yourself in a situation where you're facing fuel theft charges, you need the assistance of a knowledgeable and experienced legal team. B. Hicks Law is here to help, ensuring that you receive the best possible outcome for your case.

Remember, it's essential to consult with a qualified attorney if you're facing fuel theft charges in Indiana. To discuss your case and explore your legal options, contact B. Hicks Law today. We are committed to providing you with the legal representation you need to protect your rights and driving privileges.

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