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CRIMINAL DEFENSE

THEFT

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Indiana Code 35-43-4-3 Conversion

A person who knowingly or intentionally exerts unauthorized control over property of another person commits criminal conversion, a Class A misdemeanor.

     

The offense is a Level 6 felony if committed by a person who exerts unauthorized control over the motor vehicle of another person with the intent to use the motor vehicle to assist the person in the commission of a crime.

     

The offense is a Level 5 felony if committed by a person who exerts unauthorized control over the motor vehicle of another person and the person uses the motor vehicle to assist the person in the commission of a felony.

 

The offense is a Level 6 felony if the person acquires the property by lease, the property is a motor vehicle, the person signs a written agreement to return the property to a specified location within a specified time, and the person fails to return the property within thirty (30) days after the specified time or within three (3) days after a written demand for return of the property is either personally served on the person or sent by registered mail to the person's address that is provided by the person in the written agreement.

 

Indiana Code 35-43-4-2 Theft

A person who knowingly or intentionally exerts unauthorized control over property of another person, with intent to deprive the other person of any part of its value or use, commits theft, a Class A misdemeanor.

 

However, the offense is a Level 6 felony if the value of the property is at least seven hundred fifty dollars ($750) and less than fifty thousand dollars ($50,000); the property is a  firearm; motor vehicle; or component part of a motor vehicle; or the person has a prior unrelated conviction for theft or criminal conversion.

 

The offense is a Level 5 felony if the value of the property is at least fifty thousand dollars ($50,000); the property that is the subject of the theft is a valuable metal and relates to transportation safety, relates to public safety, or is taken from a hospital or other health care facility, telecommunications provider, public utility, or critical infrastructure facility and the absence of the property creates a substantial risk of bodily injury to a person; or the property is a motor vehicle or component part of a motor vehicle, and the person has a prior unrelated conviction for theft of a motor vehicle  or theft of a component part.