Most people in Oklahoma City love a good deal. However, some deals can land you in jail if you’ve purchased stolen property, even if you did not know the seller or the origin of the goods.
Learn more about these laws, and protect yourself against the possible consequences of possession of stolen property in Oklahoma.
What Happens When you Purchase Stolen Goods?
The law in Oklahoma prohibits purchasing any item if the buyer either knows or could have reasonably known that an item was stolen, embezzled, or obtained by false pretense or robbery. This law can easily land anyone in legal trouble, because the standard covers people who, essentially, should have known the property was stolen.
For example, David purchases a brand new 70-inch flat screen television for $100 from someone he met on Craigslist. He is aware that the seller has at least a dozen of these televisions and that he is selling each of them for well below market value. However, David figures it’s not his business, that the deal is too good to pass up, and says nothing to the seller.
Unfortunately, David can be charged with possession of stolen property in Oklahoma. This is because the law requires that he make a reasonable inquiry into the origin of the goods. This is true even if you have no actual evidence that the goods were stolen.
It is therefore a defense that you inquired about the goods before purchasing them. (Ok. Stat. Tit. 21 Sc. 1713)
What is the Punishment for Possession of Stolen Property in Oklahoma?
A charge of possession of stolen property in Oklahoma can result in a misdemeanor conviction, which can carry fines and jail time of up to one year.
However, in more severe cases (i.e. a defendant colluded with a seller to knowingly purchase stolen goods), a defendant may be charged with a felony crime. Upon conviction, he could face up to five years in state prison.
Free Consultation: Oklahoma City Criminal Defense Attorney
There is no cost and no obligation for an initial consultation regarding a charge of possession of stolen property in Oklahoma. We can work with you to ensure you keep your freedom and your dignity.
To speak to a qualified Oklahoma City criminal defense attorney, call the Criminal Defense Law Office of Oklahoma City at 405-588-4529 today. If you prefer, you may send your question using the contact form at the top right side of this page.