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Understanding Indiana 35-43-4-2.3 Dealing in Altered Property


At B. Hicks Law, we are committed to helping you navigate the complex legal landscape of criminal defense in Indiana. One important statute that our clients often inquire about is IC 35-43-4-2.3, which deals with the offense of "Dealing in Altered Property." In this blog post, we will break down the key provisions of this statute and provide essential information that you should know if you're facing charges related to it.


What is IC 35-43-4-2.3? IC 35-43-4-2.3 outlines the definition and penalties associated with dealing in altered property in the state of Indiana. To understand this statute fully, let's explore its key components.

  1. Definition of a "Dealer": In this context, a "dealer" is defined as a person who buys or sells personal property or offers to do so. It's important to note that the term "dealer" does not include the original retailer of personal property.

  2. Prohibited Activity: Under IC 35-43-4-2.3, it is unlawful for a dealer to recklessly, knowingly, or intentionally buy or sell personal property in which the identification number or manufacturer's serial number has been removed, altered, obliterated, or defaced.

Penalties Under IC 35-43-4-2.3: Dealing in altered property is classified as a Class A misdemeanor under this statute. However, there are circumstances that can elevate the offense to a Level 6 felony:

  • If the dealer has a prior conviction of an offense under this chapter.

  • If the fair market value of the property involved is at least one thousand dollars ($1,000).

It's essential to understand that the severity of the charge varies based on the specific details of your case.


Why You Need a Criminal Defense Attorney: When facing charges related to IC 35-43-4-2.3, it's crucial to have a skilled criminal defense attorney by your side. The legal system can be complex, and the consequences of a conviction can be severe. An experienced attorney can help you build a strong defense, challenge evidence, and ensure your rights are protected throughout the legal process.

At B. Hicks Law, we have a proven track record of successfully representing clients in criminal defense cases. We understand the intricacies of Indiana's criminal statutes and can help you navigate the legal system to achieve the best possible outcome for your case.


If you or someone you know is facing charges related to dealing in altered property under IC 35-43-4-2.3, it's essential to seek the assistance of a reputable criminal defense attorney. The consequences of a conviction can be significant, and the guidance of an experienced lawyer can make all the difference in the outcome of your case.


At B. Hicks Law, we are dedicated to providing expert legal representation and ensuring that your rights are protected. Contact us today for a consultation, and let us help you navigate the complexities of Indiana's criminal justice system. Your future is our priority.

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