Receiving Stolen Property Defenses

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What Is Receiving Stolen Property?

The specific definition to receiving stolen property will vary from state to state, and may even go under a different title, such as possession of stolen goods. Generally, receiving stolen property is where an individual buys property they know is stolen, and with the intent to permanently deprive the rightful owner of the property.

What Are Possible Defenses against an Accusation of Receiving Stolen Property?

Receiving stolen property is a theft crime, and every defense available for such crimes can be used, although the success of any specific defense will depend on the laws of the state and severity of the crime. Generally, these defenses include: 

What If I Paid Full Price for the Stolen Property?  

This is not a defense. As long as what the defendant bought was stolen and they knew or should have known it was stolen, then paying "full price" for the item is irrelevant.   

When Should I Seek Legal Advice?

If you are facing or may be facing criminal prosecution for receiving stolen property, you should consult with an attorney immediately. The best way to determine how successful any of these defenses will be is to consult with a lawyer. A criminal defense lawyer can analyze your situation, explain your options, and determine the best defenses to pursue. 


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Last Modified: 11-30-2016 09:44 AM PST

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