What is Receiving Stolen Property?
Purchasing or accepting property that you know to be obtained through theft is a crime, and may be either a misdemeanor or felony. Receiving stolen property is a crime in order to deter efforts to aid or reward thieves by buying or concealing stolen property on their behalf.
What are the consequences of Receiving Stolen Property?
If you are found guilty of receiving stolen property, you may be subject to imprisonment, fines, or probation.
What are some defenses to accusations of Receiving Stolen Property?
Successful prosecution of receiving stolen property relies on the accused knowing that the item was stolen and that there was intent to deprive the rightful owner of the property.
One defense is that the person in possession of the stolen property always intended to return it to the rightful owner or the police. While it may be acknowledged that the property was stolen, it may be possible to prove that there was no intent to keep the item.
Another defense is that the accused may have been unaware that the property in question was stolen.
Contacting a criminal defense lawyer in Los Angeles
If you are accused of receipt of stolen property, you should contact Ken Behzadi immediately to learn more about your rights, your defenses, and the legal system process.