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Florida Statute § 812.019(1) provides for the criminal offense of dealing in stolen property (often called “fencing the property”). Dealing in stolen property is most commonly charged as a second-degree felony, which is punishable by up to fifteen (15) years in Florida State Prison. The prosecutor must also prove beyond all reasonable doubt that the defendant knew or should have known that the property was stolen. Many of these cases involve taking stolen property to a pawn shop and may accompany a criminal charge of grand theft or burglary.
Under Florida Statute § 812.019(2) a person can be charged with a first-degree felony for financing, managing, directing, supervising, planning, initiating, or organizing the theft and trafficking of such stolen property.
If you have been charged with the serious offense of dealing in stolen property in Tallahassee or Leon County, FL, or the surrounding areas, then contact the experienced criminal defense attorneys at Pumphrey Law to discuss the particular facts and circumstances of your case. Our experienced attorneys represent clients charged through North Florida with this serious offense, including Monticello in Jefferson County, Crawfordville in Wakulla County, Bristol in Liberty County, or Quincy in Gadsden County, Florida. Call (850) 681-7777 or send an online message for a free consultation.
Florida law also provides for certain inferences that act much like shortcuts for the prosecutor.
Under Florida Statute Sections 812.012(6) and 812.028(3) defines the term “stolen property” to mean property that has been the subject of any criminally wrongful taking or if the property has not been stolen, that it was offered for sale to (defendant) as stolen property.
Under Florida Statute Section 812.012(7), the term “traffic” is defined to mean “to sell, transfer, distribute, dispense or otherwise dispose of property; and to buy, receive, possess, obtain control of or use property with the intent to sell, transfer, distribute, dispense or otherwise dispose of that property.”
An arrest for dealing with stolen property does not automatically lead to a conviction. Especially in regards to these types of Leon County theft charges, there may be many available defense strategies that can help seriously weaken the prosecution’s case against you, suppress evidence, or have the case dismissed altogether. However, it’s important to consult with an experienced defense attorney to determine what path you should take to combat the charges and safeguard your freedom. Contact the Pumphrey Law to learn more.
Attorney Don Pumphrey, Jr. is a former prosecutor, former law enforcement officer, and a successful and experienced criminal defense attorney. Don has achieved over 100 not guilty verdicts at trial and over 2,000 dismissals.
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