Possession of Stolen Property 165.40
New York City 165.40 Defense Lawyer
§ 165.40 Criminal possession of stolen property in the fifth degree.
A person is guilty of criminal possession of stolen property in the fifth degree when he knowingly possesses stolen property, with intent to benefit himself or a person other than an owner thereof or to impede the recovery by an owner thereof.
Criminal possession of stolen property in the fifth degree is a class A misdemeanor.
When reviewing the law regarding criminal possession of stolen property, try comparing it to petit larceny. This comparison reveals that criminal possession of stolen property is more complex on its face. Whereas the mental component of Petit Larceny has to do with intentional behavior, Criminal Possession of Stolen Property directly refers to a “knowing possession.” Whether or not you knew the merchandise was stolen is, usually, the critical issue in defending this sort of charge. Call the Law Office of Lance Fletcher at 212-619-3900 for a free case evaluation.