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Dealing in Stolen Property

The crime of Dealing in Stolen Property, sometimes referred to as Fencing, involves the buying and selling of property that you know, or should know, was stolen. Commonly fenced items include jewelry, electronics, and car parts.

Many individuals often mistakenly believe that if they didn’t steal the property themselves, they can’t get into trouble for selling it. This is not the case, and the penalties associated with selling stolen property are often as harsh as the penalties associated with stealing the property. If you have been charged with dealing in stolen property in Florida, having an experienced defense attorney represent you can severely affect the outcome of your case.

DeFuniak Springs Dealing in Stolen Property Lawyer

Contact Adkinson Law Firm, LLC for a consultation if you have been charged with dealing in stolen property in the Florida Panhandle, including the areas of Caryville, Freeport, Milton, Noma, Westville, Mary Esther, and the surrounding areas. The attorneys of Adkinson Law Firm, LLC are dedicated to protecting the rights and freedom of their clients.

Call Clay Adkinson today at for a consultation on your case of dealing in stolen property in South Walton and the surrounding areas. Your consultation is free and is the first step in defending yourself against these charges.


Classifications of Dealing in Stolen Property

Fla. Stat. §§ 812.019 and 812.0195 list the different types of dealing in stolen property offenses as follows:

  • First-Degree Felony — Anyone who initiates, organizes, plans, finances, directs, manages, or supervises the theft of property and traffics in such stolen property is can be charged with dealing in stolen property. This offense is a first-degree felony, and if convicted, an individual faces up to 30 years in prison, and/or up to a $10,000 fine.
  • Second-Degree Felony — An individual who traffics in, or endeavors to traffic in, property that he or she knows or should know was stolen is guilty of dealing in stolen property. An offense under these guidelines is a second-degree felony and is punishable by up to 15 years in prison, and/or a fine of up to $10,000.   
  • Third-Degree Felony — If the stolen property is worth $300 or more, the individual is guilty of a third-degree felony, and can be sentenced to up to 5 years in prison, and/or up to $5,000 in fines.
  • Second-Degree Misdemeanor — Any person who uses the internet to sell or offer for sale any property that the person knows, or has reasonable cause to believe, is stolen, is guilty of dealing in stolen property by use of the internet. If the value of the stolen property is less than $300, the individual can be charged with a second-degree misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to 60 days in jail, and/or a fine of up to $500.

Definitions in Dealing in Stolen Property Prosecutions in Florida

Pertinent terms that are associated with dealing in stolen property include, “property”, “stolen property”, “traffic”, and “obtain or use.” According to Fla. Stat. § 812.012, these terms are defined as follows:

  • Property — Anything of value, tangible or intangible.
  • Stolen property — Property that was the subject of any criminally wrongful taking.
  • Traffic — To sell, distribute, buy, receive, or obtain control of.
  • Obtain or use — Taking or exercising control over property.

Adkinson Law Firm, LLC | South Walton Dealing in Stolen Property Attorney

If you have been accused of dealing in stolen property in the Florida Panhandle, including the areas of Paxton, Century, Jay, Noma, Cinco Bayou, Caryville, DeFuniak Springs, and the surrounding areas, contact Adkinson Law Firm, LLC today. Clay Adkinson is a well-versed DeFuniak Springs criminal defense attorney who will use his experience and dedication to fight for the most favorable outcome to your case.

Our firm can investigate your arrest and fight to get your criminal charges reduced or dismissed. Contact Adkinson Law Firm, LLC today for a free consultation at or send an online message about your case on dealing in stolen property.