Dealing in Stolen Property
Dealing in stolen property, or fencing, is the buying and selling of property that you know, or should know, was stolen. Items that are usually associated with this crime include TVs, car radios, jewelry, cell phones, and other easily transported items. Many people make the mistake of believing that they can’t get into trouble for selling stolen property if they didn’t steal it themselves. This is not the case, and the punishment for selling stolen property can sometimes be as harsh as the punishment for stealing property. If you have been charged with dealing in stolen property in Duval County, or the surrounding areas, having an experienced Jacksonville theft crimes attorney represent you can greatly impact the outcome of your case.Jacksonville Dealing in Stolen Property Attorney
If you have been charged with dealing in stolen property in Green Cove Springs, Penney Farms, Jacksonville, Atlantic Beach, St. Augustine, or the surrounding areas, contact Roelke Law. Bill Roelke is an aggressive criminal defense attorney who has an outstanding reputation for tenaciously fighting to protect the rights of his clients.
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Classifications of Dealing in Stolen Property
Fla. Stat. § 812.019 and § 812.0195 list the different types of dealing in stolen property offenses as follows:
- Any person who uses the internet to sell or offer for sale any property that he or she knows, or has reasonable cause to believe, is stolen, is guilty of dealing in stolen property by use of the internet. If the value of the stolen property is less than $300, the individual can be charged with a second degree misdemeanor.
- If the stolen property is worth $300 or more, the individual is guilty of a third degree felony.
- An individual who traffics in, or endeavors to traffic in, property that he or she knows or should know was stolen is guilty of a second degree felony.
- Anyone who initiates, organizes, plans, finances, directs, manages, or supervises the theft of property and traffics in such stolen property can be charged with a first degree felony.
Penalties for Dealing in Stolen Property in Florida
According to Fla. Stat. § 775.082 and § 775.083, the penalties for dealing in stolen property are as follows:
- Second Degree Misdemeanor - punishable by up to 60 days in jail, and/or a fine of up to $500.
- Third Degree Felony - an individual can be sentenced to up to 5 years in prison, and/or up to $5,000 in fines.
- Second Degree Felony - an offense under this classification can result in a prison sentence of up to 15 years in prison, and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
- First Degree Felony - if convicted, an individual faces up to 30 years in prison, and/or up to a $10,000 fine.
Definitions in Dealing in Stolen Property Prosecutions in Florida
According to Fla. Stat. § 812.012, commonly used terms that are associated with dealing in stolen property include:
- Property – anything of value, tangible or intangible.
- Obtain or use - taking or exercising control over property.
- Traffic - to sell, distribute, buy, receive, or obtain control of.
- Stolen property – property that was the subject of any criminally wrongful taking.
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If you are facing charges for dealing in stolen property in Jacksonville, Baldwin, St. Augustine Beach, Keystone Heights, Fernandina Beach, or the surrounding areas, contact Roelke Law today for a consultation about your allegations. Bill Roelke is a dedicated Jacksonville defense attorney who will use his knowledge and deep understanding of the judicial system, to have the charges against you potentially reduced or dropped.
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