In most cases, the California crime of receiving stolen property may be charged as either a California misdemeanor or a California felony. However, if the total value of the property involved is nine hundred fifty dollars ($950) or less, then receiving stolen property can only be charged as a misdemeanor.
Either way, being convicted of a theft-related crime can gravely impact your future. Beyond time in jail or prison, hefty fines and probation, a permanent criminal record can affect job opportunities, limit the places you can live and strain personal relationships.
FIGHTING STOLEN PROPERTY CHARGES
Maybe the stolen property was placed in your car or home by someone else without your knowledge—by a family member, boyfriend/girlfriend, roommate, etc. Perhaps that person wanted to get you into trouble, or was trying to cover up their own role in the theft. Meanwhile, the police, anxious to punish someone for the theft, go after you because of the physical evidence tying you to the crime; even if you did not know you possessed the property.