Receiving Stolen Property is either a felony or misdemeanor depending on the value of the goods. Massachusetts General Law c 266 s 60. defines receiving stolen goods.
What is Receiving Stolen Property 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 of either over $1,200 or under $1,200.
- Also, knowing such property to have been stolen or embezzled.
What are the Penalties for Receiving Stolen Property in MA?
Anyone convicted of receiving stolen goods over $1,200 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 $1,200 the penalty is jail or house of correction, not more than 2½ years, or a fine of not more than $1,200.
Receiving stolen goods over $1,200 is a felony conviction. A conviction for receiving stolen goods under $1,200 is a misdemeanor conviction.
Are there Defenses to Receiving Stolen Property?
There are defenses to Receiving Stolen Good charge in Massachusetts. The most common defense is the lack of knowledge that the goods were in fact stolen. In order to be convicted of receiving stolen goods in MA, the prosecutor must prove you knew the items were stolen. A Massachusetts criminal lawyer can help identify the best defenses to this charge.
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