Orlando Dealing in Stolen Property Defense Attorney

According to Florida Statute 812.019, the crime of Dealing in Stolen Property is defined as a person who sells, transfers, distributes, or otherwise disposes of stolen property knowing or having reason to know that the property (tangible, intangible, or real) is in fact stolen.

Elements of Dealing in Stolen Property Crimes

In order to obtain a conviction for Dealing in Stolen Property in any form, Orange County prosecutors must prove these factual elements beyond a reasonable doubt:

  • The defendant trafficked in or endeavored to traffic in the alleged stolen property.
  • The defendant knew or should have known that the alleged property was in fact stolen.


Stalking is a second degree felony. It may result in:

  • 15 years in prison; or
  • 15 years on probation; and
  • A $10,000.00 fine.

Dealing in Stolen Property is classified as a first degree felony, if the person initiates, organizes, plans, finances, directs, manages, or supervises the theft of property, and then traffics in such stolen property. It may result in:

  • 30 years in prison.

Possible Defenses

Dealing in Stolen Property charges can be combated by several differences. Each situation is different, but common defenses to Dealing in Stolen Property Charges include:

  • Property was not stolen, as defined in 812.019;
  • Property was not trafficked, as defined in 812.019;
  • Satisfactory explanation for lack of knowledge;
    • Specific inferences of knowledge (based on the details of case facts) may give rise to rebutting the charges.
  • The alleged victim made false claims of ownership; or
  • The property was directed to be pawned by a person without knowledge of being stolen.


If you find yourself standing accused of Dealing in Stolen Property you need to be sure you have a good lawyer on your side. Facing Dealing Stolen Property charges can be tricky without the proper representation. For a free consultation with an experienced criminal defense attorney in Orlando, contact Sercombe Law. We routinely handle matters in Orange County and nearby jurisdictions.