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Understanding Criminal Conversion Laws in Indiana 35-43-4-3


Are you facing a criminal conversion charge in Indiana? It's essential to know the details of this crime and how it may affect your life. At B. Hicks Law, we specialize in criminal defense and can help you navigate the legal process. In this blog post, we'll break down Indiana Code , which deals with criminal conversion. Understanding the law is the first step in building a strong defense for your case.


What Is Criminal Conversion?


Indiana Code 35-43-4-3 defines criminal conversion as an act where a person knowingly or intentionally exerts unauthorized control over the property of another person. This act constitutes a Class A misdemeanor.

However, there are various circumstances that can elevate the charge to a felony:

Level 6 Felony: Unauthorized Control of a Motor Vehicle

If a person exerts unauthorized control over a motor vehicle of another person with the intent to use the vehicle to assist in the commission of a crime, it becomes a Level 6 felony.

Level 5 Felony: Motor Vehicle Use in a Felony

A Level 5 felony is applicable when a person exerts unauthorized control over another person's motor vehicle and uses it to assist in the commission of a felony.

Level 6 Felony: Failure to Return Leased Motor Vehicle

If a person acquires a property by lease, and that property is a motor vehicle, they must sign a written agreement to return the property to a specified location within a specified time. Failing to return the property within thirty (30) days after the specified time or within three (3) days after a written demand for return is personally served or sent by registered mail to the person's address provided in the written agreement results in a Level 6 felony charge.


Why You Need Legal Representation


If you are facing a criminal conversion charge in Indiana, it is essential to have a knowledgeable and experienced criminal defense attorney on your side. B. Hicks Law can help you build a strong defense tailored to the specific circumstances of your case.


Our legal experts have a deep understanding of Indiana's criminal laws and can provide you with the best defense strategies to protect your rights and achieve the most favorable outcome.



Criminal conversion charges in Indiana can have serious consequences, from misdemeanors to felonies, depending on the circumstances. If you're facing such charges, it's crucial to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney who can guide you through the legal process and build a strong defense.


At B. Hicks Law, we are dedicated to helping individuals facing criminal conversion charges. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and ensure that your rights and future are protected. We're here to fight for you.

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