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Understanding Indiana's Receiving Unidentified Property Laws 35-43-7-5: B. Hicks Law Can Help



Welcome to the official blog of B. Hicks Law, your trusted criminal defense law firm in Indiana. In today's post, we're diving into Indiana Code (IC) 35-43-7-5, which deals with the offense of receiving unidentified property. We'll break down the legal aspects, potential consequences, and how B. Hicks Law can assist you if you're facing charges related to this statute. Let's get started!


Receiving Unidentified Property: IC 35-43-7-5 Explained


IC 35-43-7-5 addresses the crime of receiving unidentified property in the state of Indiana. This statute defines the offense as follows:

"A person who intentionally or knowingly receives or possesses a product on which the identification number of the product has been concealed, altered, damaged, or removed with the intent to conceal the identity of the product and without the consent of the original manufacturer of the product commits receiving unidentified property, a Class A misdemeanor."

In simpler terms, this law makes it illegal to possess or receive any product (such as goods, merchandise, or property) if it has had its identification number altered or removed with the intent to hide its true identity, and without the consent of the original manufacturer.


Key Points to Understand

  1. Intent Matters: To be charged with receiving unidentified property, the prosecution must prove that you had the intent to conceal the true identity of the product. This means accidental possession of such property may not lead to criminal charges.

  2. Severity of the Offense: Receiving unidentified property is classified as a Class A misdemeanor. In Indiana, Class A misdemeanors are punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $5,000.

  3. Consent Requirement: It's crucial to note that possessing such property without the consent of the original manufacturer is an essential element of the offense. If you have permission from the manufacturer, you may have a valid defense.

How B. Hicks Law Can Help


Facing criminal charges can be a daunting and stressful experience, but you don't have to go through it alone. B. Hicks Law is here to provide expert legal guidance and support for individuals dealing with allegations related to receiving unidentified property.


Our criminal defense attorneys have extensive experience in Indiana's legal system and a deep understanding of the nuances of IC 35-43-7-5. When you choose B. Hicks Law, you can expect:

  1. Strategic Defense: We will carefully review the details of your case and work to build a strong defense strategy that takes into account all relevant legal aspects, including intent and consent.

  2. Negotiation Skills: Our team will leverage our negotiation skills to seek the best possible outcome, which may include reduced charges or alternative sentencing options.

  3. Courtroom Experience: If your case goes to trial, you can trust our experienced trial attorneys to represent you effectively in court and protect your rights.

  4. Compassionate Support: We understand the stress that legal issues can bring, and we are committed to providing compassionate and empathetic support throughout your case.


When facing charges related to receiving unidentified property under IC 35-43-7-5, having a skilled legal team on your side is crucial. B. Hicks Law is here to provide the guidance and representation you need to navigate this challenging legal landscape.


If you or someone you know is dealing with such charges in Indiana, don't hesitate to reach out to us. We're here to protect your rights and work towards a favorable resolution. Contact B. Hicks Law today for a consultation, and let us put our expertise to work for you.

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