It has become increasingly popular to purchase second-hand items through websites like Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace. What you may not know is that the item you purchased online might have been stolen. In most cases, purchasing a stolen item can result in criminal charges--but what happens if you didn’t know the item was stolen when you purchased it? Our Phoenix criminal defense lawyers explain the consequences of purchasing stolen goods with and without prior knowledge.
What Happens If I Unknowingly Bought a Stolen Item?
If you purchased a stolen good online without knowing it was stolen, you won’t likely face any criminal charges. The law typically gives a break to those who unknowingly buy goods from a thief. If you find out at a later time that the item you purchased was stolen, you should report the activity to police officials.
What Happens If I Knowingly Bought a Stolen Item?
In Arizona, it is illegal for an individual or business to knowingly purchase a stolen item. Failure to comply with the laws or to make a reasonable effort to find the rightful owner of the purchased property may result in theft offense prosecution. Depending on the value of the stolen property, the criminal charges can result in a misdemeanor or a felony.
Seek Legal Guidance
If you purchased a stolen item, you may face criminal charges--especially if you knew the item was stolen. Our team at Suzuki Law Offices, L.L.C. has helped individuals across the country protect their rights and develop strong defenses against criminal charges. We have the knowledge, skills, and experience needed to help you get your charges reduced or even dismissed. Our team is here to help you with your case from beginning to end.
Contact our Phoenix criminal defense attorneys today at (602) 842-6762 to schedule a case review!