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Destin Dealing in Stolen Property Attorney

If you or a loved one has been charged with Dealing in stolen property, you are more than likely left with more questions than answers. Dealing in stolen property is a higher level theft crime in Destin and can be the result of a variety of actions. Unlike other theft charges, dealing in stolen property carries a hefty prison sentence and can be difficult to defend.

It is in your best interest to speak with a Destin dealing in stolen property lawyer who has experience defending dealing in stolen property cases immediately. Unlike most theft charges in Destin, dealing in stolen property is almost always a direct result of an additional theft offense and is often difficult for the State to prove unless the suspect confesses. Do NOT talk to the cops. If you receive a call from police wanting to talk about your involvement in a theft crime, contact our office at (850) 243-6097 immediately to protect your rights and your future.

What is Dealing in Stolen Property?

Dealing in stolen property is defined as a person who endeavors in or traffics in property that he or she knew or should have known to be stolen, Florida Statutes §812.019. To secure a conviction, the State must prove that you were involved in trafficking in stolen property and that you knew the property was stolen. Generally additional theft charges are combined with dealing in stolen property. Grand Theft and Pawn Fraud are two of the more common charges seen in association with dealing in stolen property cases in Destin. In many cases items are stolen and then sold using pawn shops or internet resale sites. The crime of dealing in stolen property occurs at the time the “stolen” item is then resold to another (pawn shop or Craigslist).

Am I going to prison for Dealing in Stolen Property in Destin?

It is possible you will be looking at prison time if you have been charged with dealing in stolen property. It is a second degree felony which means it is punishable by up to 15 years in prison. Because dealing in stolen property is often accompanied by other lower level felonies, the potential for a prison sentence is a very real threat. Each additional theft allegation will increase your potential for prison. This charge can also be elevated to a first degree felony if it was due to a criminal scheme or organized crime.

Dealing in stolen property is a very serious felony with extreme consequences. However, an arrest is not a conviction, which is why it is imperative that you make smart decisions about how to handle this. This is not a charge that should be left to the overworked Public Defender’s Office. Too often potential defenses are left unexplored due to a lack of time and opportunity. Don’t leave 15 years on the table for the Public Defender.

How can Flaherty Defense Firm defend against my Dealing in Stolen Property arrest in Destin?

For starters, our team has the time and resources to devote to your defense. We will review and analyze all of the information and evidence against you. We will trace the theft allegation and force the State to prove your involvement.

The most important question we explore is: Did you know or should you have known the property was “stolen?” If the State cannot prove that you knew this crucial element, they must dismiss the dealing in stolen property allegation. This sounds simple, but in fact, this critical element can be the most difficult to uncover. The State will use every means necessary to try to prove that you should have known the property was stolen. The Court allows the State the advantage in proving this allegation. This is the point in the game when you realize that an experienced dealing in stolen property attorney is the only viable option for you.

Some of the defense strategies that we have successfully used involve:

  • Can the State prove knowledge of “stolen”;
  • Inspection of the evidence, to include the scene of the theft;
  • Interviewing witnesses independently;
  • Deposing the State’s witnesses;
  • Forcing the State to prove the elements of their case by filing motions with the Court;
  • Inspecting the “stolen items”; and
  • Mitigating damages, where necessary.

We have been calculating the right move at the right time for our clients charged with dealing in stolen property in Destin for over 13 years. Our team knows how to leverage a dealing in stolen property case to allow for maximum results for our clients.

If you or a loved one has been charged with a theft offense, remember, do not speak to the police until you speak with an attorney that has experience fighting a dealing in stolen property arrest in Destin. Don’t wait until it is too late to fight for your future. Flaherty Defense Firm has been defending clients like you for over 13 years. We know what the stakes are and what it takes to fight and win a dealing in stolen property arrest in Destin. We offer a free consultation, sound legal advice and the peace of mind you deserve, so call us at (850) 243-6097.

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