Jeffry Mandell has been a Defense Lawyer in Chicago for over 40 years.
Possession of Stolen Property is when someone is in possession of anything of value that is stolen. This could include a watch, computer, mobile phone, jewelry, collectibles, appliances, etc. This does not necessarily mean that the person has stolen the item – only that they are in possession of the item. One example of this is if your car has been stopped and the police find goods from a retail store with security tags on it, you could be charged with Possession of Stolen Property without being charged with Retail Theft.
A misdemeanor charge is for items of value less than $500 and a felony charge is for items over $500 in value. The full list of charges and penalties are the same as listed on the page.
Here are some strategies for defending against Possession of Stolen Property:
- You need to show knowledge of how you came into possession of the goods.
- If you can prove that you did not know the items were stolen.
- Reducing the charge to a misdemeanor based on prior record and strength of the prosecution’s case.
For all situations, make sure to consult with a criminal defense attorney and go over the evidence in your case to determine the best strategy for your case.