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Receiving Stolen Property

Are you facing charges for Receiving Stolen Property in Los Angeles?

Receiving Stolen property is defined under California Penal Code Section 496. Anyone who buys, receives, conceals, or sells any property that they know to be stolen will be guilty of receiving stolen property.

Receiving stolen property is a “wobbler” offense, which means that the prosecutor has discretion to charge it as a misdemeanor or a felony. Like other theft crimes, whether you are charged with a felony or misdemeanor will depend on whether the property was $950 or more.

Charges for receiving stolen property are serious, and an arrest alone can have devastating consequences. If you are facing charges for receiving stolen property in Los Angeles, or the surrounding counties, contact experienced Los Angeles criminal defense attorney Miles Booth at 424 272 1134.

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How does the prosecution prove that I am guilty of receiving stolen property?

To be found guilty of receiving stolen property under California Penal Code Section 406 the prosecutor must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you;

  • Bought, received, sold, aided in selling, concealed or withheld, or aided in concealing or withholding stolen property; and
  • You knew that the property was stolen

Receiving property requires that you take possession or control of it. Simply being near the property or having access to it is not enough to be guilty of receiving stolen property.

Property is considered stolen if it was obtained by any type of theft, burglary or robbery.

How can I defend myself against receiving stolen property charges?

Receiving stolen property is a specific intent crime, which means that when you receive the property you must know that the property is stolen. Some of the most common legal defenses to a grand theft charge are that;

Some of the most common legal defenses to a petty theft charge are that;

  • You did not know the property was stolen, or
  • You did not actually “receive" the property

Just because you have been accused of receiving stolen property does not mean that you will be convicted. Call Los Angeles criminal defense attorney Miles Booth to discuss how to best defend your case.

What are the Penalties for a conviction for receiving stolen property?

California Penal Code Section 496, receiving stolen property, is a “wobbler” offense, meaning that it can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. The decision to charge it as a misdemeanor or a felony is up to the prosecutor, and will depend on whether the value of the property was more than $950.

A Felony Receiving Stolen Property conviction is punishable by;

  • Felony probation, or
  • Up to 16 months, 2 years, or 3 years in state prison, and/or
  • A maximum fine of $10,000

A Misdemeanor Receiving Stolen Property conviction is punishable by;

  • 3 years summary probation,
  • Up to one year in county jail, and/or
  • A fine of up to $1,000

Contact Los Angeles Criminal defense attorney miles booth

Facing charges for receiving stolen property can be frightening. Charges alone can have far-reaching consequences. Your housing, future job prospects, and most importantly, immediate freedom are in jeopardy.It is foolish to fight these cases alone. It is important to have a skilled Los Angeles criminal defense attorney by your side.

As a former prosecutor, Miles Booth understands the complexities of these cases and the blueprints for beating, or substantially mitigating the charges. He has handled thousands of cases throughout Los Angeles County and will aggressively defend you to get the best outcome possible.

To learn more about your options going forward, contact Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer, Miles Booth, for a free consultation at 424 272 1134.

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