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Dealing in Stolen Property

Dealing in stolen property, otherwise known as "bootlegging" or trafficking in stolen property, takes many forms. Many of us have come across a person selling unauthorized copies of DVDs, designer knockoffs, or we have seen movies where a clever thief sells clothes out of the back of a truck.

What many of us do not know is that dealing in stolen property is a serious felony offense that can subject a person to years in prison. Moreover, it is important to know that someone who knowingly purchases stolen property may be subject to criminal charges as well.

Attorney for Dealing in Stolen Property in South Miami, Florida

If you or someone you know has been charged with fencing, otherwise known as bootlegging or dealing in stolen property, then call an experienced criminal defense attorney for more information about how to build a defense against these charges. Also, find out more about the similar offense of failing to return personal property under Florida law. Call attorney E.J. Hubbs to set up a consultation about your case.

E.J. Hubbs has offices in South Miami on Sunset Drive and in North Miami located on 123rd Street.

E.J. Hubbs takes cases throughout Miami-Dade County, in cities like Coral Gables, South Miami, Pinecrest, Dadeland, Kendall, The Crossings, and Palmetto Bay.

Call (305) 615-5945 now to schedule an appointment to speak one-on-one with attorney E.J Hubbs.


Elements of Dealing in Stolen Property

For an individual to be found guilty of dealing in stolen property the prosecution must show, beyond a reasonable doubt, the following:

In addition, under Florida law, any person who organizes, initiates, plans, directs, supervises, manages, or finances the theft of property and traffics in such stolen property is guilty of a first-degree felony.


Inferences of Dealing in Stolen Property

Under Florida law, certain factual circumstances give rise to inferences of knowledge that the jury may use during deliberations. The following are situations that give rise to inferences:

 

 

 

Unless properly and sufficiently explained, each of these situations gives rise to an inference that the defendant knew or should have known that the property was stolen.


Penalties for Dealing in Stolen Property

In Miami-Dade County, any person who is caught and convicted of dealing in stolen property may be charged with a second-degree felony, punishable by up to fifteen (15) years in prison and up to $10,000 fines.

Additionally, a person who is found guilty of organizing, financing, or planning dealings in stolen property is guilty of a first-degree felony, punishable by up to thirty (30) years in prison and up to $10,000 fines.

Additional Resources

Florida Criminal Jury Instructions – Visit the Florida Supreme Court for the official jury instructions for dealing in stolen property charges. You can also find the jury instructions for theft, unlawful possession of a stolen credit card, and multiple other theft offenses.

http://www.floridasupremecourt.org/jury_instructions/instructions-ch14.shtml


Find an Attorney for Dealing in Stolen Property in Miami-Dade County, Florida

Despite the cliches from movies, dealing in stolen property is a very serious felony offense. Speaking to a criminal defense attorney can help you understand the charges and the inferences associated with being caught dealing in stolen property. Call criminal defense attorney E.J Hubbs to talk about your charges or get help for someone you know. 

Call attorney E.J. Hubbs for more information about how to best defend felony offenses.

E.J. Hubbs takes cases in Miami-Dade County, in cities like South Miami Heights, Cutler Bay, Princeton, Redland, Leisure City, Homestead, and Florida City.

Call (305) 615-5945 now to schedule an appointment to speak one-on-one with attorney E.J Hubbs.

This article was last updated on Tuesday, February 7, 2017.

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