Possession of stolen property is one of those crimes that most people recognize, but don’t really understand. That’s because the law dictates that the person receiving, acquiring or in control of stolen property must know that the item or items were stolen. This is an important distinction that your Vista criminal lawyer can use while helping you fight the charges.
The problem with saying that a person must know that something is stolen is that it is difficult to prove someone knew something was stolen. Sure, if you see someone pull something off the back of a truck when no one is looking and then they sell it or give it to you, it would be hard to argue that you had no reason to believe the item was stolen, but that is a rare situation.
If you buy an iPod off of Craigslist with a scratched off serial number, you might not immediately recognize that it was stolen -especially if the person who sells it to you provides a reasonable explanation for why the serial number has been removed. A skilled Vista criminal attorney can help you prove that you had no reason to believe the item was stolen, but you need to call a lawyer in Vista as soon as you are arrested and refuse to speak to police without an attorney present or you may say something that will hurt your case later on.
Receiving, acquiring or being in control of stolen property can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony and if there is sufficient evidence to prove that you knew the item was stolen, your Vista defense attorney may be able to negotiate a plea bargain in order to minimize the sentence you will receive.
If you have been accused of being in possession of stolen property, please call Vista criminal defense lawyer Peter M. Liss at (760) 643-4050 to schedule a free initial consultation.
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