Possession of Stolen Property in Florida
In Florida, it is illegal to sell, transfer, dispense, or otherwise dispose of stolen property even if the individual trafficking the item did not actually steal it. In fact, this is a serious offense that could result in a lengthy prison sentence and hefty fines.
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Knowingly Possessing and Intending to Distribute Stolen Goods
Under Florida law, buying, receiving, or possessing stolen goods, such as jewelry, clothes, personal items, and vehicles, with the intent to sell the object later is referred to as dealing in stolen property. This offense is charged as a second-degree felony, which could be penalized by up to 15 years in prison, 15 years or probation, and up to $10,000 in fines.
For the prosecutor to land a conviction, they must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the individual:
- Knew, or should have reasonably known, that the item they possessed was stolen, and
- They actually trafficked or intended to traffic that object
Proving that someone knew or did not know something could be difficult. However, Florida law allows for certain inferences to apply if the defendant cannot provide a satisfactory answer for the reason they had stolen goods in their possession.
Organizing the Theft and Sale of Stolen Goods
The punishments for this offense increase if the individual actually organized or supervised the theft of someone else’s belongings and intended to traffic the items. A person who violates this subsection of Florida Statute 812.019 could be charged with a first-degree felony. A conviction for this offense is punishable by up to 30 years in prison, 30 years of probation, and up to $10,000 in fines.
Steep Consequences Regardless of Item Value
Under the dealing in stolen property law, the severe consequences of a conviction are applicable regardless of the value of the goods being trafficked. That means a person could face up to 15 years in prison if they knowingly possessed and sold a stolen $50 MP3 player or a $6,000 watch.
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