Consequences of Dealing in Stolen Property in Florida
As you can see from the information above, a Florida dealing in stolen property criminal charge is not the easiest crime to deal with in Florida. Many Florida statutes are more clear cut when defining specific terms and conduct. However, because dealing in stolen property can occur in so many different ways, accused individuals have a tough fight in proving that they are not guilty. If nearly anything can be considered property and many goods may be considered stolen (even if they are not), prosecutors have wide latitude when pressing charges. All dealing in stolen property charges in Florida are considered felonies.
An individual who is charged with and convicted of dealing in stolen property faces a second degree felony, which carries with it the potential for up to fifteen years in jail and a fine not to exceed $10,000. If the accused allegedly played a more active role by organizing a dealing in stolen property transaction or transactions, he or she faces conviction of a first degree felony, which carries with it the potential for up to thirty years in jail and a fine not to exceed $10,000.
In addition to facing the potential consequences of jail time and the imposition of fines, you will likely be required to pay civil penalties to compensate and/or reimburse the victim whose property was stolen, if such individual(s) can be identified. Further, if convicted, you will have a criminal track record that will not be attractive to many prospective employers, landlords, or educational institutions.
Many Florida residents who have a dealing in stolen property conviction on their record are individuals who do not pose a threat to society. However, because of one bad mistake, such convicted individuals have an uphill battle when trying to move forward in life. Even one criminal conviction can be the deal breaker when a job opportunity comes your way. Perhaps you have all of the required qualifications, great references, and an outstanding interview. But, these positive aspects of your job search may be counteracted by one theft-related felony conviction on your Florida record.