Receiving Stolen Goods

Woman receiving a box of stolen goods

Boston Stolen Goods Attorney

Buyer beware, especially if the deal sounds too good to be true. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has made it a criminal offense for any individual to knowingly receive stolen property. If you or someone you know has been arrested for receiving stolen property, call Kelly & Soto Law to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney that can help fight your charge for receiving stolen property.

In Massachusetts, whom ever buys, receives or aids in the concealment of stolen or embezzled property, knowing it to have been stolen or embezzled, or whoever with intent to defraud buys, receives or aids in the concealment of property, knowing it to have been obtained from a person by a false pretense, if the value of such property does not exceed two hundred and fifty dollars, shall be punished for a first offense by imprisonment in jail or house of correction for not more than two and one half years.

The above language dictates that if the value of the property in below $250.00, than the crime is a misdemeanor.

For a look at the Massachusetts General Law statute regarding the offense of receiving stolen property, check out this link.

In order to be convicted of receiving stolen property the Commonwealth’s district attorneys must prove the following:

  1. That the property in question was stolen;
  2. That the defendant knew that the property had been stolen; and
  3. That the defendant knowingly had the property in his/her possession, bought the stolen property, or aided in concealing the stolen property.

As you can see, the Commonwealth MUST prove that the defendant actually knew or believed that the property was stolen. This can prove to be a very difficult element of the offense to prove, and as such, an individual accused of this offense needs an experienced criminal offense attorney to attack all elements of a receiving stolen property charge.

One of the major pitfalls of a conviction for this offense is the adverse effects on employment and getting a job. Although a conviction for receiving stolen goods under $250 is a misdemeanor, it is still visible when employers conduct a CORI or background check. Generally speaking, employers will not hire an individual who has been found guilty of receiving stolen property because it creates a sense of dishonesty. Likewise, hiring an individual with a conviction for Receiving Stolen Property can open an employer up to liability.

So if you or someone you know has be charged with receiving stolen property, call Kelly & Soto Law to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney that will guide you and advise through every step of the process.

Our attorneys are available 24/7 and will travel to you. We would also be pleased to offer you a free case consultation and price quote.

Call us at 617.807.0840. Our office is located in the heart of Boston’s Government Center and we serve all of Massachusetts. Give us a call today and ask to speak with one of our defense attorneys.

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