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Receiving Stolen Property

Possession of stolen property may be classified as a misdemeanor or felony offense, depending on the value of the alleged stolen property. Many people may face these charges despite a complete lack of criminal intent, and it is the responsibility of prosecutors to demonstrate that these alleged offenders and deliberately acquired property they knew was stolen.

Theft is commonly thought of as applying only to the actual taking of another party’s property. Iowa Code § 714.1 (4), however, specifically defines theft as including a person who “[e]xercises control over stolen property, knowing such property to have been stolen, or having reasonable cause to believe that such property has been stolen, unless the person's purpose is to promptly restore it to the owner or to deliver it to an appropriate public officer.”

Des Moines Receiving Stolen Property Lawyer

If you bought or were in possession of property that you did not know was stolen, it is critical that you immediately contact a skilled criminal defense attorney. McCarthy & Hamrock, P.C. represents clients all over Iowa, including Dallas County, Guthrie County, Madison County, Polk County, and Warren County.

Our firm aggressively defends clients throughout the greater Des Moines and West Des Moines areas against criminal charges. McCarthy & Hamrock, P.C. represents clients in all property related criminal matters, including theft, burglary, receiving stolen property, robbery, and arson.

We can review your case and discuss your legal options when you call (515) 279-9700 to schedule a free, confidential consultation.


Polk County Receiving Stolen Property Overview


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Iowa Receiving Stolen Property Charges

Under Iowa law, the severity of the offense for possession of stolen property is based on the value of the property that was allegedly stolen. The levels of charges for this crime in the Hawkeye State are as follows:


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West Des Moines Penalties for Receiving Stolen Property

Just as the degree of theft is dependent upon the value of the allegedly stolen property, the severity of the possible punishments also depend on which level of offense you have been charged with. The consequences of a conviction for possession of stolen property are as follows:


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Receiving Stolen Property Defenses in Iowa

It is important to remember that a prosecutor has a substantial burden to overcome in proving your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt in cases involving possession of stolen property. Some of the possible defenses that can help you overcome these types of charges include, but are not limited to:


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Receiving Stolen Property Lawyer in West Des Moines

You will want to make sure that you are represented by an experienced criminal defense attorney if you are facing charges of possessing stolen property in Iowa. McCarthy & Hamrock, P.C. helps clients facing criminal charges in the greater Des Moines and West Des Moines areas, including such communities as Altoona, Ankeny, Johnston, and Urbandale.

Our firm has over four decades of combined experience defending Iowans against all types of criminal charges. Call (515) 279-9700 today to take advantage of a free legal consultation that will let us provide a thorough evaluation of your case.

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