Criminal Possession of Stolen Property

The crime of criminal possession of stolen property is one with a wide range of degrees that can run from a misdemeanor to a very serious felony charge. The definition of this crime is as follows -

“A person is guilty of criminal possession of stolen property in the fifth degree when he knowingly possesses stolen property, with the intent to benefit himself or a person other than an owner thereof or to impede the recover by an owner thereof.”

The fifth degree charge of this crime is a class A misdemeanor which is punishable by a maximum of one year prison. The next four degrees of this crime are largely determined by the dollar amount of the property involved. While there are other circumstances that can help determine the degree of the charge, the following is a general guideline -

  • Fourth Degree – Over $1,000, class E felony
  • Third Degree – Over $3,000, class D felony
  • Second Degree – Over $50,000, class C felony
  • First Degree – Over $1,000,000, class B felony

At the top end, a conviction for first degree criminal possession of stolen property could bring a sentence of up to 25 years in prison. Regardless of the degree of charges you face, it is in your best interest to get qualified representation right away.

Call our office during normal business hours at 516-242-4477 for a free consultation. We would be happy to speak with you about your case and discuss a possible next step.