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Theft by Receiving in Georgia
You may think that buying or accepting property that was stolen absolves you from any wrong-doing. Pursuant to Georgia law, however, you could be prosecuted for receiving stolen property unless you had no idea that it was stolen. OCGA § 16-8-7 states that if you accept property you know is stolen, you could be charged with a crime.
If You Are Charged with Theft by Receiving
As soon as you are charged with or arrested for theft by receiving, contact our Georgia criminal law attorneys. Depending on the circumstances. Pursuant to OCGA §16-8-10, if you were not aware that the property you accepted or purchased was stolen, the State may be unable to prove the charge(s) against you. The State must prove that the defendant knew or had reason to believe that the subject property was stolen.
Additionally, if you can show that you had a right to the property or if you accepted or bought the property with the intent on paying the victim/owner for it with his or her consent, or with the intent on returning the property to the victim/owner, the State will not likely prevail.
Depending on the value or type of property received, the crime of Theft by Receiving Stolen Property could be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. Generally, if the property’s value is $1,500.00 or less, you could be charged with a misdemeanor. If the value of the property is higher than that, you could be facing from 1 to 20 years in prison.
Contact a Georgia Criminal Law Attorney
If you have been accused of receiving stolen property, contact our Georgia criminal law attorney as soon as possible.