The Law in Plain English – Boca Raton ➔ Boynton ➔ West Palm Beach ➔ Jupiter’s Top Criminal Lawyer Joshua LeRoy, ESQ. on:Dealing in Stolen Property – F.S. 812.019
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A dealing in stolen property charge is defined as buying or selling property that is known to be stolen. It can be difficult for the State to prove the knowledge element of the offense, i.e. whether the defendant knew item was stolen. For that reason it can be difficult to get a conviction for this crime. The State often has to rely on circumstantial evidence to establish whether you knew property was stolen. However, often this crime is often paired with a theft charge and a false verification of ownership charge, wherein a person sells or pawns stolen items for significantly than the property is worth.
Dealing in stolen property is a second degree felony, punishable by:
- Up to 15 years in prison, or
- Up to 15 years of probation.
A fine of up to $10,000.00 is also possible in addition to the aforementioned sentences.
If you can tell how you came to possess the stolen property, and that you were not aware that the property was stolen, you should not be convicted of dealing in stolen property.
Additionally, the State may lack of evidence to prove that the items were actually stolen, or the State may not be able to establish who the true owner of the property was.
If charged with dealing in stolen property, you have options. A thorough analysis of the facts of the case is a must. Thereafter, a strategy would be developed to determine whether a trial or settlement negotiations are in your best interest. I have negotiated pretrial intervention agreements (PTI) for dealing in stolen property cases, resulting in the dismissal of charges.
If you, or someone you know, have been charged with Dealing in Stolen Property in Palm Beach County (from Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Lake Worth, West Palm Beach and up to Jupiter), or any of the surrounding areas 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.
-Joshua LeRoy, Esq.
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