Possession of Stolen Property in Florida
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Dealing in stolen property is a criminal offense that is outlined in several sections of Florida Statutes. While there are different levels at which this crime may be committed and different penalties a defendant may face, the general definition of dealing in stolen property is: offering, selling or trafficking property that the offender knew or should have had reason to know was stolen.
Penalties for Possession of Stolen Property
Using the internet to deal in stolen property may be a misdemeanor or felony offense, depending upon the value of property stolen.
For example, the following are considered felonies:
- Trafficking or attempting to traffic stolen property is a second degree felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
- Organizing, operating, managing, directing or financing a trafficking operation that deals in stolen property is a first degree felony, punishable by up to 30 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
A person may face criminal charges for theft and for dealing in stolen property, but a defendant may only be found guilty for one offense or the other, not both.
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If you have been accused of dealing in stolen property, you may be facing a long-term prison sentence as well as heavy fines. A Florida theft defense lawyer at Musca Law can meet with you during a free case evaluation and determine what can be done to defend your rights. You may have been falsely accused or may have had no idea that the property you were dealing with was stolen. You will need a legal professional who has the ability to prove this in court in order to help you avoid a conviction.
The lawyers at Musca Law represent clients throughout all of Florida, and we offer a free consultation with an attorney at our firm to help you get started. Call (888) 497-0216!