Receiving Stolen Property

It is commonly recognized that the taking of property that does not belong to you is considered stealing. Stealing from others may result in theft, burglary, or robbery charges, depending on the manner in which the property was taken and whether the owner was present at the time. What some people are unaware of is that it is also illegal to receive property that was stolen from others.

Receiving stolen property is considered a crime and may result in criminal charges against the individual who accepts the goods. These punishments are meant to deter people from helping thieves profit from taking the property of others. If you have been accused of receiving stolen property, contact the Milwaukee criminal defense attorneys of Hart Powell, S.C. at (414) 271-9595.

Punishment for Receiving Stolen Property

The punishment for receiving stolen property may include:

  • Misdemeanor charges
  • Felony charges
  • Possible jail time in a state jail facility
  • Probation
  • Court fees
  • Fines
  • Probation fees

Convictions for receiving stolen property charges often depend on the intent of the individual who receives the property. If the person knowingly accepted stolen property, he or she may be convicted of the crime. This is often problematic for judges and juries, because proving prior knowledge of a crime is sometimes difficult.

Contact a Milwaukee Criminal Defense Attorney

If you or someone you know is facing criminal charges for receiving stolen property, contact the Milwaukee criminal defense lawyers of Hart Powell, S.C. at (414) 271-9595 today to discuss your case.

Written by Michael Hart & Craig Powell

Last Updated : January 14, 2016