Thank you for asking me “What is Dealing in Stolen Property / Fencing in FL?”
Fencing (not with swords, but with stolen goods) is “Dealing in Stolen Property”, and in order to commit this crime in FL the State must prove 2 things:
1) That you either trafficked in or endeavored to traffic in whatever stolen goods are at issue; and 2) That you either knew or should have known that the goods were stolen.
To “traffic”means that you have distributed stolen property into commerce, and so it must go beyond mere possession for personal use.
The State does not need to prove that you stole the goods yourself, but it will have to establish that you must had the requisite knowledge that the goods were stolen.
Intent is not always easy for the State to prove but, unless you happen to have a satisfactory explanation as to how you came to be in possession of recently stolen goods, then proof of your possession of recently stolen goods will itself create a presumption of knowledge, as will proof that you either purchased or sold stolen property at a price that is substantially below the property’s fair market value.
So when you’re at the gas station filling up, a panel van pulls next to you and the passenger asks if you want to buy some stereo equipment that they were supposed to install at a customer’s home but it was rejected and they can’t take it back to the dealer, use your head.
If it sounds too good to be true then it usually isn’t true.
At Michael A. Haber, PA “it’s all about reasonable doubt”!
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