As per Florida Statute §812.019, the term dealing in stolen property or fencing is a crime in which an individual sells or buys a property that is stolen, and the individual has prior knowledge about the concerned property, or the individual should have known that the concerned property was stolen.
Purchasing Stolen Property
According to the law, if you purchase a stolen property with prior knowledge of it being stolen, and you can prove it that you did not purchase that property with an intention to resell it; this act will not be categorized as a crime termed as "dealing in stolen property."
However, a conviction is still possible under petit theft or grand theft if it is proved that you knew that the property is stolen, or you should have been aware of this.
Penalties for Dealing in Stolen Property
As per the Criminal punishment code of Florida, dealing is stolen property is a crime which is considered as a felony of the second degree.
Any person found guilty of such charges can face any of the following punishments:
Imprisonment of a maximum of 15 years.
Probation of a maximum of 15 years.
Fines up to $10,000
Statute of Limitation for Dealing in Stolen Property
As per Florida Statute §812.035(10), a prosecution of any case related to dealing in stolen property can be initiated within five years of the offense committed. That said, you cannot initiate any legal proceedings related to "dealing in stolen property" if five years have passed since the offense. However, there can be exceptions to this rule in some cases.
Defenses to Dealing in Stolen Property
Generally, a person cannot be held guilty for this crime if he/she can prove that he/she had no prior knowledge/information about the property that it was stolen.
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