Dealing in Stolen Property
Dealing Stolen Property in Tampa & Selling Stolen Property Attorney in Brandon, Florida
Florida Statute 812.019 states that Any person who traffics in, or endeavors to traffic in, property that he or she knows or should know was stolen is guilty of Dealing in Stolen Property. "Traffic" means: (a) To sell, transfer, distribute, dispense, or otherwise dispose of property; (b) To buy, receive, possess, obtain control of, or use property with the intent to sell, transfer, distribute, dispense, or otherwise dispose of such property. Florida Statute 812.0195 states also makes it a crime for Any person in this state who uses the Internet to sell or offer for sale any merchandise or other property that the person knows, or has reasonable cause to believe, is stolen.
Dealing in Stolen Property (Trafficking) is a second degree felony, punishable by up to fifteen years in prison. Dealing in Stolen Property over the Internet, such as on E-Bay or Craigslist, is a misdemeanor if the value of the property is less than $300, or a felony of the value is greater than $300.
Often, a Dealing in Stolen Property charge arises from someone pawning stolen property. In most instances, this charge should be dismissed. The statute was intended to criminalize an enterprise, such as an organization of fences and thieves. One time pawning of stolen articles does not satisfy the requirements. A Tampa Bay Dealing in Stolen Property defense attorney can discuss your options based on the facts of your case.
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