What is criminal possession of stolen property?

When a person is charged with criminal possession of stolen property, they are facing serious consequences upon a conviction. This charge is granted to a person who knowingly is in possession of property that has been unlawfully obtained. The person who possesses such stolen property has the intention of receiving some type of benefit from the property or taking some benefit away from the person who lawfully owns the property.

Like many other theft crimes, the charges become more severe as the value of the stolen property increases. These levels of value are as follows:

  • Criminal possession of stolen property in the third degree: $3,000-$49,999
  • Criminal possession of stolen property in the second degree: $50,000-$999,999
  • Criminal possession of stolen property in the first degree: $1 million +

Depending on the seriousness of your charge, you can face anywhere from a Class A misdemeanor to a Class B felony. The maximum time of imprisonment for each of the criminal possession of stolen property convictions is as follows:

  • Fifth degree: Class A misdemeanor; 1 year
  • Fourth degree: Class E felony; 4 years
  • Third degree: Class D felony; 7 years
  • Second degree: Class C felony; 15 years
  • First degree: Class B felony; 25 years

If you have been charged with the criminal possession of stolen property, it is important that you retain the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney who can fight to protect your future.

Kevin T. Conway has over 30 years of experience as a Spring Valley criminal attorney handling DUI, DWI, traffic violations, violent crimes, sex crimes, illegal gun possession, shoplifting, and juvenile crimes. Attorney Conway is also experienced in commercial law matters, zoning law, and estate planning. If you need a Rockland County criminal lawyer, contact our Spring Valley office for a free consultation.