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Dealing in Stolen Property: F.S. 812.019
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Florida law defines Dealing in Stolen Property as a crime that occurs when, “Any person who traffics in, or endeavors to traffic in, property that he or she knows or should know was stolen…” or alternatively, when “any person who initiates, organizes, plans, finances, directs, manages, or supervises the theft of property and traffics in such stolen property…”
What are the penalties for Dealing in stolen property?
- As a second-degree felony, dealing in stolen property is punishable by penalties ranging from a term of probation to up to 15 years in state prison.
- If the person found guilty also organized the theft and was trafficking the property, Florida law classifies the offense as first-degree felony, with penalties ranging from a term of probation to up to 30 years in prison.
What are common defenses for Dealing in Stolen Property?
In past cases, defendants have succeeded in defeating the State’s charges by showing ignorance that the property was stolen, by refuting the victim’s claim that he owned the property, and showing lack of proof that the property was indeed stolen. In addition, if the State obtained its evidence against the defendant in violation of the Constitution, the defendant, through his lawyer, can move the judge to exclude the evidence from the case. When this happens, the State, realizing that it can no long prevail, commonly drops the case, or the judge dismisses the case.
If you, or someone you know, have been charged with Dealing in Stolen Property in Palm Beach or Broward Counties (from Pembroke Pines, Ft. Lauderdale, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Lake Worth, West Palm Beach and up to Jupiter), or any of the surrounding areas Contact me directly, Attorney Joshua LeRoy, at: 561-290-2730. Or use the form below to drop me a note. Let me know a bit about yourself, what’s happened, and a good time to contact you.
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