Criminal Defense in Orange County
What to Do When You've Received Stolen Property

Receiving Stolen Property

Anaheim Theft Crime Attorney - Barney B. Gibbs

One might easily assume that receiving or selling property that was stolen by someone else is not a crime, but such is not the case. California Penal Code § 496 outlaws the reception, possession, use or sale of any property that has been stolen. Anyone who violates this sections is punishable by a jail sentence of up to one year, or by a prison sentence of 16 months, two, or three years.

Fighting Charges of Receiving Stolen Property

In order for a conviction of receiving stolen property to be valid, it must be proven that the person who received, possessed, used or sold the stolen property knew (or had reasonable cause to know) that it had been stolen. This provides an excellent defense strategy for an individual who has been falsely accused of this theft crime. If you have been arrested for receiving stolen property, contact The Law Office of Barney B. Gibbs for experienced and competent defense from an Anaheim theft crime attorney. I have defended more than 2,500 cases over the past 29 years and am intimately familiar with the Orange County courts.

Defenses Against "Receiving Stolen Property" Charges

If you have been arrested and charged with receiving stolen property, then it is important to remember that you are innocent until proven guilty. How can a prosecutor prove that you are guilty? There are three basic things that the prosecutor must be able to prove in your case. First of all, they must prove that the property was actually stolen. Second, they must prove that you were the recipient of this stolen property. Finally, they must be able to prove that you knew the property was stolen yet received it anyway. If the prosecutor is not able to prove all three, then your charges will likely be dismissed. Your Anaheim theft crime lawyer will build a strong case for your defense so that you are not adjudicated guilty for a theft offense.

Representation from a Criminal Lawyer in Orange County

If you are convicted of receiving stolen property, you will have a black mark on your criminal record that could prevent you from obtaining decent employment. Hiring a defense attorney with a proven success rate not only prevents you from paying the penalties for a theft crime you didn't commit, but also helps you defend your future.

If you are facing robbery charges and are unsure of where to turn, do not hesitate to contact the firm today.


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