Dealing in Stolen Property in Florida
Under Florida Statute 784.021, the crime of Dealing in Stolen Property, sometimes referred to as Fencing, is committed when a person buys or sells property that was known, or should have been known, to be 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.
Penalties for Dealing in Stolen Property
The crime of Dealing in Stolen Property is 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 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.
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