What Is Dealing In Stolen Property?
Also called fencing, dealing in stolen property occurs when one person buys or sells property that is known — or should have been known — to be stolen. The State of Florida considers the property to be anything of value, whether intangible or tangible, as long as it’s:
- Affixed to;
- Found on; and/or
- Grows on land.
Any claims, interests, privileges, rights, or services related to the stolen property are also included. Unless the person can satisfactorily explain how the situation arose, their possession of stolen property is an inference of their knowledge to the fact.
This situation falls under the category of theft crimes and carries stern penalties under Florida law. If a friend or family member has been charged with selling or receiving stolen property, you can obtain a bond to secure their release. Contact Roundtree Bonding Agency today for dealing in stolen property bail bond. Our agents are available 24/7 to write bail bonds throughout North and Central Florida.
Is Dealing In Stolen Property A Felony?
Yes. While some states take into consideration the value of the property in question, the State of Florida doesn’t. If your friend or family member trafficked the property, it’s a second-degree felony with penalties of up to 15 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines. This means the property was distributed, generally through buying from or selling it to another person. This crime becomes a first-degree felony if the person directs, finances, initiates, manages, organizes, plans, and/or supervises the theft and subsequent trafficking of the property. Penalties upon conviction include up to 30 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines. Because of the long-term consequences of a conviction, it’s imperative to contact a bonding company, such as Roundtree Bonding Agency, quickly.
What Happens If I Buy Stolen Property?
Again, it depends on your knowledge of whether the property was stolen at the time of purchase. While knowledge is the key component, intent to defraud the owner of property use is also factored. Generally, the intent to defraud the owner is reflected by keeping the property for personal use, or giving or selling it to another person.
Can I Get A Jail Bond For Dealing In Stolen Property?
The presiding judge will weigh certain circumstances to determine if a bond will be granted. Factors such as whether your loved one has a criminal record or the amount of stolen property dealt are considered by the judge. A bond determination is usually made during the first appearance hearing held, which is the next business day following the arrest. If the friend or family member was arrested on an endorsed warrant, they may be able to pay the endorsed amount without a first appearance hearing. Otherwise, the judge may allow them to be released on their own recognizance or require a bond amount be paid.
Release On Own Recognizance
This means the friend or family member has essentially promised to appear for all court dates without paying a jail bond. Yet, they can be arrested for non-appearance whether bail was paid or not.
Working With A Bonding Agent
If a bond amount was set, many people find it exceeds readily available monies. A bonding agent can be of great assistance in this situation. Roundtree Bonding Agency can help post the bail necessary for your loved one’s release. When you call our bonding agency, you can hasten the process by having available:
- The full name of the friend or family member;
- The name and address of where they’re being held in custody; and
- The booking number and date-of-birth for the friend or family member.
Once a nonrefundable 10 percent fee based on the total bond amount has been paid, the agent will contact the jail and begin securing release. If a cosigner for a bail bond is needed, we will gladly explain your responsibilities, as with the entire bonding process.