WA Possession of Stolen Property Lawyer
Have you been charged with Possession of Stolen Property? Find out what you need to do next.
In Washington, if you are being prosecuted for possession of stolen property, you could be facing a variety of penalties including jail time, a permanent record, and hefty fines. It can be stressful and scary to have criminal charges pending. You need someone on your side to help you navigate the system. Do not let one mistake or blemish on your record follow you for the rest of your life. Having a charge on your record can create issues when applying for potential jobs, keeping your current job, or even obtaining an apartment to rent. Let Weber Law help you keep your record clean.
Washington Possession of Stolen Property Charges and Penalties
What is Possession of Stolen Property?
Possessing stolen property means to knowingly receive, retain, possess, conceal, or dispose of stolen property, knowing that it has been stolen, and to withhold or appropriate the same to the use of any person other than the true owner. Examples include hiding a stereo that you know your friend stole from a store, receiving and storing products from a store that you know have been stolen, or even taking apart a stolen vehicle that you know was stolen to use the parts.
A person is guilty of possessing stolen property in the first degree if he or she possesses stolen property which value exceeds $5,000.00.
A person is guilty of possessing stolen property in the second degree if he or she possesses stolen property which is valued between $750.00 and $5,000.00; or possessing a stolen public record; or stolen access device.
A person is guilty of possessing stolen property in the third degree if he or she possesses stolen property which is valued to be up to $750.00.
There are many levels to the crime of possession of stolen property; it can be confusing and difficult to navigate the charge alone; let Weber Law navigate it for you. There are also instances where a judge can make discretionary sentences. It is important to have legal counsel that can advocate for you in that instance.
What is the Punishment for Possession of Stolen Property?
Theft is punishable by a wide range of penalties, depending on the value of the item that was taken.
Knowingly possessing a stolen motor vehicle, and possession of stolen property in the first degree, are class B felonies.
Possession of stolen property in the second degree is a class C felony.
Possession of stolen property in the third degree is a gross misdemeanor.
A class B felony is punishable by imprisonment up to ten years, a fine of up to $20,000.00, or both.
A class C felony is punishable by imprisonment for up to five years, a fine of up to $10,000.00, or both.
A gross misdemeanor is punishable by imprisonment for up to 364 days, a fine of up to $5,000.00, or both.
As the sentence can range so widely, it is important to have knowledgeable legal counsel that can fight for the lowest sentence possible. It is possible to get a sentence reduction, but it requires good legal counsel.
Even as a Defendant of a Crime, you still have Rights! Make sure yours were not violated!
Even as an individual facing criminal charges, you have rights. It is important to know those rights and make sure that they were not violated in any way when you were arrested or charged. Without extensive knowledge of your rights when it comes to police searches, Miranda rights, and your rights when it comes to arrest, it is extremely difficult to get a dismissal or reduction of your charges. Do not try and fight these charges on your own, Weber Law is ready to help you today.
Contact Weber Law immediately if you’ve been arrested on a possession of a stolen property charge. We offer a free confidential case evaluation – serving Seattle and the surrounding areas.
How can you fight a charge of Possession of Stolen Property, and how can WEBER LAW help you?
If you are being prosecuted for possessing stolen property, no matter the circumstances, there are a few ways that Weber Law can fight for you. There are defenses against the crime of possessing stolen property which include but are not limited to, not realizing the property was stolen, thinking you paid for the item, or thinking the victim gave the item to you. Weber Law can help lower the charge to a lesser crime, lower your sentence for less jail time, lower your fine amount, or represent you at trial. Do not face these charges alone; let Weber Law work for you. By looking at potential evidence such as video surveillance (if available), your criminal record, and potential eyewitness testimony, Weber Law will make sure to look at all the details of your case. At Weber Law we are experienced in defending these charges, winning these cases, and creating an outcome you can be happy with. An outcome that will allow you to live a life free of a criminal charge. Being convicted of possessing stolen property can have impacts on the rest of your life. Let Weber Law help you navigate the criminal justice system. The court room can be a very intimidating place; let Weber Law do the work for you. If you or anyone you know are being prosecuted possessing stolen property in the State of Washington, call Weber Law today for a consultation.
WA ST § 9A.56.140, Possessing stolen property – definition-presumption
WA ST § 9A.20.021, Maximum sentences for crimes committed July 1, 1984, and after
WA ST § 9A.56.150, Possessing stolen property in the first degree—other than firearm or motor vehicle
WA ST § 9A.56.065, Possession of a stolen vehicle
WA ST § 9A.56.160, Possessing stolen property in the second degree – other than firearm or motor vehicle
WA ST § 9A.56.170, Possessing stolen property in the third degree
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