Dealing in stolen property is a crime that typically occurs in pawn shops. It should not come as a surprise that when an individual pawns an item and provides a thumb print and photo identification to a pawn shop, the person will likely be accused of dealing in stolen property if the item was stolen prior to the pawn transaction. Indeed, pawn shops serve as an important law enforcement tool to track down stolen property and to solve open cases of theft, burglary, and robbery.
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Allegations of dealing in stolen property are very serious. Indeed, a conviction for dealing in stolen property carries with it the possibility of up to 15 years in prison, and a fine up to $10,000. If an individual is accused of initiating, planning, financing, organizing, directing, supervising or managing in the theft of property and then deals in the stolen property, the crime is punishable by up to 30 years in prison and a find up to $10,000. What is more, an individual convicted of dealing in stolen property becomes a convicted felon, and will consequently lose important civil rights, such as the right to vote and the right to possess firearms.
Dealing in stolen property is considered a “crime of dishonesty” and can greatly affect your reputation, your credibility, and your ability to find jobs or housing in the future. Our Weston criminal defense lawyer helps fight these charges
Unfortunately for those accused of dealing in stolen property, the law does not require the State to prove that the accused individual actually knew the property was stolen. Rather, the law simply requires the State to prove that the accused individual should have known the property was stolen. There are various methods by which the State may prove that an accused knew or should have known that property was stolen, including the proof that the property was recently stolen or that the property was sold at a price substantially below the fair market value.
Nevertheless, there are numerous defenses to dealing in stolen property. Weston theft crimes attorney Kevin F. Moot has substantial experience litigating cases of dealing in stolen property, and is well versed in the case law governing the charge of dealing in stolen property. When accused of dealing in stolen property, it is imperative to contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer in South Florida.
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