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Dealing in Stolen Property in Florida

If accused of Dealing in Stolen Property in Florida, you need to know the:

Definition of Dealing in Stolen Property

The crime of Dealing in Stolen Property, sometimes referred to as Fencing, involves the buying and selling of property that you know, or should know, was stolen.

Purchasing Stolen Property

Simply purchasing property you knew, or should have known, was stolen does not constitute Dealing in Stolen Property if there is no evidence that you intended to resell the property.

However, you can still be convicted of either Grand Theft or Petit Theft if it is proven you knew, or should have known, the purchased property was stolen.

Penalties for Dealing in Stolen Property

The crime of Dealing in Stolen Property is classified as a Second Degree Felony and is assigned a Level 5 offense severity ranking under Florida's Criminal Punishment Code.

If convicted of Dealing in Stolen Property, a judge can impose any combination of the following penalties:

  • Up to fifteen (15) years in prison.
  • Up to fifteen (15) years of probation.
  • Up to $10,000 in fines.

Defenses to Dealing in Stolen Property

In addition to the pretrial defenses and trial defenses that can be raised in any criminal case, a specific defense to the crime of Dealing in Stolen Property is:

Satisfactory Explanation

In general, a person cannot be convicted of Dealing in Stolen Property if the person can satisfactorily explain how they came to be in possession of the stolen property without knowing that it was stolen.

Contact Criminal Defense Lawyer Richard Hornsby

If you have been arrested or charged with the crime of Dealing in Stolen Property in Central Florida or the Greater Orlando metropolitan area, contact Criminal Defense Lawyer Richard Hornsby today.

The initial consultation is free and I am always available to advise you on the proper course of action that can be taken.