Proving that I am Innocent in Receiving Stolen Property charges.

Proving that I am Innocent in Receiving Stolen Property charges…
Recently I had bought from a stranger at a local casino, a 71′ datsun ”z” car. The man seemed hard up for more casino money. So, me and a friend checked out the car. It was a tore up looking clunker, but for the price…$250.oo…I could some repairs to it and turn around and sell it for a profit. Well, he didn’t have the pink to it, which is normal…he said he’d send it to me in the mail. He gave me a bill of sales…took out his belongings and went to spend the cash. about a month later…while i am at work i get a call from a police officer who is at my home and is informing me that the car was stolen!!! wow!! all i could think was, ”WHO would steal that thing??” not even thinking that’d I was even in any trouble, he then informed me I would be needing to turn myself in !! So, i do, and find myself spending 5 days in custody. I am now being charged with KNOWINGLY receiving stolen property!!! How do I go about gathering up whatever I may need in order to prove my innocence of KNOWINGLY do anything illegal…only being slightly guilty of being TRUSTING instead????

2 thoughts on “Proving that I am Innocent in Receiving Stolen Property charges.

  1. Re: Proving that I am Innocent in Receiving Stolen Property charges…
    Thanks for your posting, and I’m sorry to hear about your situation. As you mentioned, “intent” is an element in the crime you’ve been charged with, and you had to have “knowingly” received the property (the knowledge being that it was stolen) to be convicted.

    Prosecutors try to make these types of cases before a jury based upon the circumstances of the event (circumstantial evidence), and the fact that you are not going to have witnesses aside from your friend, or did not have a pink slip, might hurt you, but you do have defenses.

    This may sound like a biased opinion, considering the source, but I highly recommend you get an attorney to help you. You may imagine yourself walking into court and demanding they dismiss charges, but it’s going to take negotation, motions, maybe a trial, to undo the filing of charges here.

    Robert Miller
    Robert L. Miller & Associates, A Law Corporation
    Orange County, Riverside Counties
    , CA

  2. Re: Proving that I am Innocent in Receiving Stolen Property charges…
    I’m just going to suppliment the other answer. Don’t panic. Work with the public defender you’re assigned initially. With this kind of case I’m sure the D. A. knows he/she may have a problem proving intent. And your going to get a very tempting offer to get you to plea guilty to something. Hopefully you’ll get a chance to take a lot of pictures of the vehicle. $250.00 for an old ‘Z’ isn’t too far off. I sold one, that needed to be restored and was, for $350.00. The buyer’s Dad worked in a body shop. When the case comes to trial, and if the D. A. is very busy. The case may be dismissed by the D.A.. So hang in there initially. Mean while go around, take pictures of cars of similary age and condition, and their price. Also find out what junk yards would have paid for the car. Older model cars, of a model that don’t have a lot on the road, are not that desireable for junkers.

    Victor Hobbs
    Victor E. Hobbs
    23161 Tulip Street
    El Toro, CA 92630-4534

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