Accomplished Criminal Defense Attorney Defending Those Accused of Receiving Stolen Goods in Greenville
It is illegal to purchase or accept stolen goods as gifts if you know they are stolen. If it is discovered you acquired stolen property, and there is probable cause you knew it was stolen, you will incur criminal charges. That is true even if the original thief is never apprehended. Avoiding penalties for this charge will hinge on your attorney’s ability to prove you were unaware the goods you received were stolen.
Punishment for Receiving Stolen Goods
The penalty for receiving a stolen good depends on the value of the property. Goods valued at $1,000 or less can result in a $500 fine and up to 30 days in jail. Goods worth between $1,000 and $5,000 may incur a fine of up to $1,000 and up to five years in jail. Goods valued at more than $5,000 may result in a minimum fine of $2,000 and up to ten years in jail.
Stolen Goods Defense
The best way to have a possession of stolen goods charge cleared is to provide significant doubt that you were explicitly aware the goods you bought or received were stolen. In some cases, even if you were aware the goods may have been stolen, but you did not have any fraudulent intent for use, you may be cleared as well. Attorney Richard Warder has spent more than four decades defending clients accused of criminal acts and will work tirelessly on your behalf.