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Receiving Property

Prosecutors often build a receiving stolen property case on the basis of suspicious circumstances that may indicate the defendant knew the property was stolen. For example, they might point out that the price of the property was "too good to be true" or that serial numbers had been removed. But this sort of evidence doesn't necessarily show beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant knew the property was stolen. It's the defense lawyer's job to remind the jury that they can't convict unless that burden of proof is met.

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.


You can fight receiving stolen property charges with the help of an experienced California criminal defense attorney. The attorney will be able to find the best legal defenses for your particular case.

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.

If you or a loved one has been charged with a theft crime, you should start by contacting an attorney. At The Law Offices of Bruce M. Margolin, Esq., telephones are answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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