Dealing in stolen property is illegal under Florida law. The offense of dealing in stolen property is committed when a person traffics in or endeavors to traffic in property that he or she knows or should have known was stolen. An accusation of dealing in stolen property can affect an individual’s life for years to come if charges are not dismissed.
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The crime of dealing in stolen property is defined by Florida Statute § 812.019. This law targets those who traffic in, or endeavor to traffic in, property that they know or should know was stolen. Traffic means to sell, transfer, distribute, dispense, or otherwise dispose of property and to buy, receive, possess, obtain control of, or use property with the intent to sell, transfer, distribute, dispense or otherwise dispose of that property.
In order to convict a person for this crime, the State must prove the following two elements beyond and to the exclusion of any reasonable doubt:
“Property” is anything of value including real property, including things growing on, affixed to and found in land; tangible or intangible personal property, including rights, privileges, interests, and claims; and services.
“Stolen property” means property that has been criminally wrongfully taken or if the property has not been stolen, that it was offered for sale to the defendant as stolen property.
Dealing in stolen property carries some harsh penalties. According to Florida law, a person who deals in stolen property by fencing commits a second-degree felony. A second-degree felony is punishable by up to 15 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
If a person deals in stolen property by trafficking this means they initiate, organize, plan, finance, direct, manage, or supervise the theft of property, and traffic in such stolen property, and the crime is a first-degree felony. A first-degree felony is punishable by up to 30 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Florida Statutes: Dealing in Stolen Property – Visit the official website for the Florida Statutes which provides information on criminal offenses and their penalties. The webpage describes the crime of dealing in stolen property and classifies it as a second-degree felony.
Pensacola Police Department – Visit the official website for the Pensacola Police Department.
Pensacola Police Department
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Escambia County Sheriff’s Office – The mission of the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office is to improve the quality of life and protect the property of all individuals in Escambia County by providing responsible, effective, and efficient law enforcement services to prevent crime and enforce the law with integrity and fairness. Follow the link to visit the official website and find prevention and safety tips, video PSAS and a list of FAQ’s.
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