Receiving Stolen Property is a serious crime. In Massachusetts, it is a crime to be in the possession of stolen goods. If you have been charged with Receiving Stolen Goods you need to speak with an attorney as soon as possible. Many times I have been able to avoid a conviction for people charged with receiving stolen goods. Call today for a free consultation.
What is Receiving Stolen Property in Massachusetts?
In order to be convicted of receiving stolen goods in Massachusetts the Assistant District Attorney must prove the following:
- You did buy, receive or aid in the concealment of stolen or embezzled property of another
- And that property had a value either over $250 or under $250.
- Knowing such property to have been stolen or embezzled.
Penalties for Receiving Stolen Property
If somebody is convicted of receiving stolen goods over $250 in Massachusetts the penalty is state prison not more than 5 years or jail or house of correction not more than 2½ years or not more than $500 fine. If the value of the goods is under $250 the penalty is jail or house of correction not more than 2½ years or a fine of not more than $250. A conviction to receiving stolen goods over $250 is a felony conviction. A conviction for receiving stolen goods under $250 is a misdemeanor conviction.
Are there Defenses to Receiving Stolen Property?
Yes there are defenses to Receiving Stolen Good. The most common defense to a receiving stolen goods charge is the lack of knowledge that the goods were in fact stolen.In order to be convicted of receiving stolen goods you must have know that the items were stolen.
MASSACHUSETTS CRIMINAL LAWYER
Attorney Patrick Donovan was as an Assistant District Attorney. There he handled thousands of criminal prosecutions. Attorney Donovan handled criminal arraignments, pre-trials, bench and jury trial. As a Criminal Defense Attorney Patrick Donovan puts that experience to work for you.
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