stolen property, you could be guilty of a:
- Class A misdemeanor if the property’s value is less than $2,500
- Class I felony if the property’s value is between $2,500 and $5,000
- Class H felony if the property is a firearm, or if the property’s value is between $5,000 and $10,000
- Class G felony if the property’s value is more than $10,000
What Does It Take to Convict Someone of Receiving Stolen Property?
Your jury can convict you of receiving stolen property if you intentionally received or concealed (hid) stolen property, and the property was definitely stolen, and you knew it was stolen property.
If you weren’t aware that the property was stolen when you received it, you’re not guilty of a crime; it’s your lawyer’s job to show the court that you had no idea you were handling something that was stolen from someone else.
Let’s say a friend asks you to hold something valuable, like a diamond necklace. You trust your friend, and you hold on to the necklace. If it turns out that the necklace was stolen and you didn’t know that, you didn’t violate the law.
What if someone sells you something that’s stolen? If you knew it was stolen and you bought it anyway, the jury can convict you of a crime. However, if you had no idea the property was stolen and you bought it, you didn’t break the law.
Do You Need to Talk to a Criminal Defense Attorney?
If you’re accused of receiving stolen property, no matter the circumstances, we may be able to help you. Call us at 414-383-6700 if you’re in Milwaukee or 262-650-6700 if you’re in Waukesha for a free case review today.