Pursuant to New Jersey State law, the receipt of stolen property is viewed as an act that supports and encourages the original criminal acts of theft and burglary. As a result, state prosecutors take the crime of receiving stolen property very seriously. The statute outlining this offense is quite broad, and therefore these charges are often riddled with legal issues. In some cases, unknowing and seemingly innocent people are charged with receiving stolen property. As a result, it is vital to seek out and retain the representation of an experienced criminal defense attorney who will diligently and competently litigate and argue on your behalf. Will Proetta Esq., our founding attorney, has represented clients on a wide array of criminal and municipal charges throughout New Jersey. If you or your loved one has been arrested for receiving stolen property in Lakewood, Barnegat, Bayville, Forked River, Beachwood, Long Beach Township, Pine Beach, or Ocean Gate, then contact our office, conveniently located in Toms River, to set up a free initial consultation with a criminal defense lawyer at (848) 238-2100.
2C:20-7 New Jersey Receiving Stolen Property Law
The New Jersey statute for receiving stolen property is listed below, in pertinent part, for your convenience.
§ 2C:20-7 Receiving Stolen Property
a. Receiving. A person is guilty of theft if he knowingly receives or brings into this State movable property of another knowing that it has been stolen, or believing that it is probably stolen. It is an affirmative defense that the property was received with purpose to restore it to the owner. “Receiving” means acquiring possession, control or title, or lending on the security of the property.
Elements of Receiving Stolen Property
1) The defendant received or transported property of another; and 2) The defendant acted knowingly when he or she received or transported the movable property of another; and finally 3) The defendant either knew that the property had been stolen or had reason to believe that it was stolen at the time he or she either received it.
Receiving Stolen Property Attorney in Berkeley Township
The guidelines for grading theft crimes, such as receiving stolen property, are found under the New Jersey statute 2C:20-11 and are as follows.
• 2nd Degree – if the property is valued at more than $75,000; punishable by 5 – 10 years in prison with a presumption of incarceration.
• 3rd Degree – if the property is valued at between $500 and $75,000; punishable by up 3 – 5 years in prison.
• 4th Degree – if the property is valued at $200.00 – $500.00; punishable by up to 18 months in state prison.
• Disorderly Persons Offense – if the property is less than $200; punishably by up to 6 months in county jail.
Lacey NJ Receiving Stolen Property Lawyers
It is the experience of our attorneys that receiving stolen property charges are most commonly third degree charges and heard in Ocean County Superior Court. Our lawyers will work with the prosecutor to achieve downgraded charges or dismissed, or to secure admittance into a diversion program such as Pre-Trial Intervention. Diversion programs allow a defendant to have all charges dismissed upon successful completion. If a plea agreement is not possible, then we are prepared to capably and aggressively litigate on your behalf. We represent clients charged with the theft and receiving stolen property throughout New Jersey including Seaside Park, Waretown, Little Egg Harbor, Mantoloking, New Egypt, Lakehurst, and Manchester. Contact our conveniently located Toms River office today at (848) 238-2100 to speak with an experienced receiving stolen property lawyer who will build a customized case strategy designed to meet your needs.
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