The Law in Plain English – Boca Raton ➔ Boynton ➔ West Palm Beach ➔ Jupiter’s Top Criminal Lawyer Joshua LeRoy, ESQ. on:False Verification of Ownership – F.S. 538.4
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A False verification of ownership charge usually occurs at pawn shops or gold dealers, wherein sellers are required to verify that they are the owners of the property being pawned or sold. Often times, stolen items are pawned in order to get quick cash on items that were taken. Pawn shops have managed to buy and sell in stolen property for years with complete immunity, wherein the person pawning/selling items are arrested.
The charge often accompanies the charges of Dealing in Stolen Property and Grand Theft.
So what are you facing as a possible sentence if charged with verification of ownership?
The answer depends on how much the item is worth. If the seller receives less than $300, it’s a 3rd degree lawful felony, meaning up to five (5) years in jail. On the other hand, if the seller got more than $300.00, the charge is a 2nd degree felony offense, meaning up to fifteen (15) years in prison.
What evidence does the State Attorney need to prove a “False Verification of Ownership” charge?
Usually the signed pawn slip is sufficient evidence to support a conviction, assuming that an employee of the pawnshop testifies to the contents of the slip. Above the signature line is an oath that the seller makes that he/she owns the property and that the property is not stolen. The pawn slip also requires a fingerprint, usually the thumb, of the seller. Thus, the identity of the seller can be easily established.
If you, or someone you know, have been charged with False Verification of Ownership 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.
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