Receiving Stolen Property
Penal Code Section 496 (a)
If a person buys or possesses stolen property AND knew that the property was stolen, then the person can be found guilty of possession of stolen property.
Defenses to Receiving Stolen Property
If the person did not reasonably believe the property was stolen, that is a defense to the crime. The key word is reasonable. If an item is outrageously less expensive then its actual worth then the District Attorney may be able to prove its case. Generally, someone reasonably in possession of something stolen should be found not guilty by a jury.
Contact Orange County defense attorney Katie Walsh if you need help with Receiving Stolen Property or any other criminal matter.