Receiving Stolen Property Missouri
If you’re facing a receiving stolen property charge in Missouri you’re going to want to hire a skilled and knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer. Missouri has no tolerance for those who knowingly buy and/or possess stolen goods. Unfortunately, many people who get caught with stolen goods in their possession don’t understand the seriousness of the charges they face. If you’re facing receiving stolen property charges call us today. Combs Law Group can help you fight either the misdemeanor receiving stolen property charges or the felony receiving stolen property charges. If you need a criminal defense lawyer, call us today for a free consultation.
Implications For Possessing Stolen Property
When someone is charged with a receiving stolen property it’s not uncommon for them to be unaware of the stolen property in their possession. But that’s what makes these types of charges very interesting from a criminal defense standpoint. The law specifically states that if you acquire property at a price that is well below a fair market value, you may be considered “ in the know”. Take, for instance, a guy who goes on Craigslist to look for a new iPhone for his girlfriend. He finds a brand new, still in the box, iPhone X for sale for a measly $200. Now the normal retail value of the phone is around $900. When he decides to purchase that phone he might be thinking, well I paid for it and I don’t know where it came from. However, the law specifically states that if you know that the $200 is far below the market price for the phone you could be charged with receiving stolen property. Furthermore, if he were to give the phone to his girlfriend as a gift and he was to tell her that he got the phone really cheap online from a Craigslist seller she could also be charged with receiving stolen property. However, you shouldn’t leave it to chance, so hiring a criminal lawyer will ensure your charges don’t have long-lasting effects on your life.
Felony Receiving Stolen Property vs Misdemeanour Receiving Stolen Property
Most people charged with receiving stolen property in Missouri are usually facing a misdemeanor. However, there are specific guidelines under the Missouri statute Section: 570.0080.1(Repealed L. 2014 S.B. 491 § A) when a class C felony charge is permitted. Let’s walk through a few common ones that you may be facing yourself.
Is the property worth more than $500 but less than $25,000? If so, it’s possible you’ll be hit with a felony charge. That’s the fair market value of the goods, not the dollar amount you paid for the goods.
Do you have prior charges for receiving stolen property in the past year? Well, prior charges or convictions will warrant the DA to pursue felony charges.
Was the item you received a firearm? That’s, unfortunately, will lead to a class c felony. In fact, there’s a long list of items that are called out under the law that will get you a class c felony:
- Credit Cards or Debit Cards
- Controlled Substances
So if you’re fortunate enough to avoid the class felony charge you’ll still have to fight the class a misdemeanor charge. A class A misdemeanor charge in Missouri can result in up to 1 year in jail and up to $2000 in fines. On the flip side if you happen to face the class C felony you could possibly be looking at up to 10 years in prison, and up to $10,000 fines. Furthermore, you could be ordered to give back the stolen property to the rightful owner.
If you’ve recently been arrested or charged with a receiving stolen property crime don’t wait any longer to contact us. We’ve handled some very complex receiving stolen property cases and we can definitely help you fight the charges. The good news is that in these types of cases there is typically a way to avoid the more serious side of the penalties. The truth is that it can be hard to prove if someone knew that they were receiving stolen goods. The Prosecutor has to show that you were knowingly taking possession of stolen property. That can be difficult and with a good attorney like Combs Law Group by your side, you may be able to get the charges dismissed.
So call us today at 314-451-2711 to discuss your case with highly skilled and knowledgeable St. Louis attorney.