The crime of false verification of ownership is typically associated with a charge of dealing in stolen property, and often occurs in pawn shops. When an individual pawns an item at a pawn shop, the individual is required to verify ownership of the item pawned, as well as to provide photo identification and a thumb print. It should come as no surprise that when an item is reported stolen, the first place law enforcement looks to find the stolen item is a pawn shop. The pawn shops keep voluminous records of all transactions, including copies of the photo identification and thumb print of every individual who verifies ownership of a pawned item.
If an accused individual received less than $300 for the item sold, the individual faces a punishment of up to 5 years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000. What is more, an individual convicted of false verification of ownership becomes a convicted felon, and will consequently lose important civil rights, such as the right to vote and the right to possess firearms.
If you've been accused, call our Weston criminal defense attorney at (954) 371-0770.
theft crimes, the crime of false verification of ownership belongs to a category considered
“crimes of dishonesty.” This means that your credibility as
a witness or in future court cases, your ability to gain employments,
your reputation, or your ability to gain a loan or mortgage can be seriously affected.
When faced with a serious charge like false verification of ownership, it is vital that you seek the advocacy of an experienced Weston criminal defense attorney. Kevin F. Moot has significant experience litigating cases of false verification of ownership.
Contact our Weston criminal defense firm now to schedule a free consultation to protect your rights.