‘Tis The Season To Be Careful

In addition to spending time with family and friends, most people look forward to the joy of giving and receiving gifts at Christmas. Unfortunately, many people feel pressured to provide high-ticket, expensive gifts that overwhelm their personal budgets. That pressure can make it very tempting to give in when a friend, family member, or acquaintance approaches you with a stolen item and offers it to you at a fraction of its original cost. Make no mistake about it – this is a crime.

The purchase of stolen items is a crime known as Theft By Receiving Stolen Property. As tempting as such an offer can be – especially during the holiday season – if you knowingly accept a stolen item, the law will consider you as complicit in the crime of theft as the person who actually stole the item. The law in Georgia says you have committed a crime if you accept a gift you know or should know was stolen. Even if you accept the item as a gift, the law still holds you accountable.

If you receive a stolen item and keep it, sell it, or later regift it, the law is not on your side. Being arrested and facing criminal charges can leave you in an embarrassing situation in your community and have a negative impact on your family and career. The holidays are a time for celebration – they’re also a time for caution. These three tips will help you avoid the stigma of criminal charges:

• Stick to shopping at reputable retailers and keeping receipts• Be careful purchasing things from people you do not know and trust• Remember that if a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is

If you find yourself in this unenviable position, you need a knowledgeable criminal lawyer on your side. When you are ready to trust your case to an experienced criminal lawyer, contact Treadaway & Treadaway, Attorneys at Law to speak to our experienced attorneys.


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