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Dealing In Stolen Property

St. Petersburg Stolen Property Lawyers Defend Receiving Charges

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Anyone who purchases stolen goods participates in a theft crime that helps to deprive the original owner of the possessions. What’s more, the receiver of the goods rewards the thief and creates an economic incentive for the crime. For these reasons, Florida aggressively prosecutes the crime of receiving and dealing in stolen property. At Kidder & Bennett, we provide a vigorous defense for consumers and merchants who find themselves targeted for prosecution.

Sometimes people commit an offense without realizing it. We work diligently to minimize the consequences of the charge, which under Florida law could be either of these:

  • Second degree felony — Punishable by up to 15 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. The statute defines the perpetrator as anyone who “traffics in, or endeavors to traffic in, property that he or she knows or should know was stolen.”
  • First degree felony — Punishable by up to 30 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. The statute defines the perpetrator as anyone who “initiates, organizes, plans, finances, directs, manages, or supervises the theft of property and traffics in such stolen property.”

Dealing in stolen goods is a federal offense when it takes place on the high seas or across state lines. These charges are serious and require experienced, knowledgeable legal counsel if you hope to fight them.

Dealing in or receiving stolen property in Florida

Your case hinges on several elements. To convict you of dealing in stolen goods, a prosecutor must prove the following:

  • The property was stolen — If this is not shown to be true, you cannot be convicted of receiving.
  • The offender received the property — The property must have been in your actual or constructive possession (under your control).
  • The receiver knew it was stolen — You are held to the standard of a reasonable person in a position similar to yours. For example, if you are a pawn shop owner, the law considers what another pawn shop owner would have done under the same circumstances. Under Florida Statutes §812, the court can infer that the receiver should have known the goods were stolen based on certain criteria, including any indication that the property belonged to someone else.
  • The receiver intended to deprive the owner of the property — This is the theft element. Your intention must have been to keep it or to sell it to someone else.

Defenses to dealing in or receiving stolen property in Florida

Numerous possible defenses are available to the charge of receiving. The most common are:

  • Honest, mistaken belief — A receiver who has no reason to believe the property was stolen has not committed an offense. However, you’re held to the standard of a reasonable person and the criteria listed in Florida Statutes §812. So if you bought discount electronics off the tailgate of an SUV, the prosecution can infer that you had knowledge that the goods were likely stolen.
  • Intent to return property — Suppose you recognized the stolen item and wanted to make sure it got back to the rightful owner? It would not be a crime to purchase the stolen item for that purpose.
  • Intent to turn property in to law enforcement — If a sketchy character offered to sell you a gun, you may not want it, but you certainly don’t want that person to have it, either. It is not a criminal activity to buy the gun for the purpose of handing it over to the police to get it off the street.

Contact our aggressive defense attorneys to fight charges of receiving stolen goods in Florida

A conviction of receiving or dealing in stolen goods could ruin your business and your life. Let our experienced former prosecutors mount an aggressive defense and protect your rights. To fight for your best possible outcome, call Kidder & Bennett today at 727.821.8000 or contact our St. Petersburg office online.

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St. Petersburg, FL 33702



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