Theft by receiving occurs when an individual receives or disposes of an item, knowing or believing that thing to have been stolen, and also intending to permanently deprive the item’s lawful owner of the use or benefit of the thing. The thing in question must have some value. If the value of the thing involved is less than five hundred dollars, it is a class 2 misdemeanor, whereas if the value of the thing is between one thousand dollars and twenty thousand dollars, it is a class 4 felony. Once the item involved is worth more than twenty thousand dollars, the crime becomes a class 3 felony. Further, the crime can also be charged as a class 3 felony when the person committing the theft by receiving is engaged in the business of buying or selling stolen goods for profit.
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Oftentimes, individuals are charged with theft by receiving based on transactions they make at pawn shops – be it pledging or pawning an item. Law enforcement officers do frequent these stores looking for stolen goods, and these stores keep records as to the individuals pawning or pledging items there.
Should you be charged with theft by receiving, or fear that facts may exist which could result in such an offense being charged, contact Denver criminal attorney Kimberly Diego for a free consultation today.