Criminal Possession of Stolen Property

Prosecutors in New York often push hard to convict if a defendant has any contact with or possesses stolen property, whether the property is worth $1000 to $1 million.
Even if a defendant was holding stolen property for someone else, without knowing it was stolen, there may be a presumption that a defendant knew the property was stolen, and could be charged and convicted of a felony and sentenced for up to 25 years in prison.
The simple fact is that from the beginning of a case involving charges of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in New York, every single step that a defendant takes is important. Although the seriousness of this charge can range from a misdemeanor all of the way to a class ‘B’ felony, there are many nuances to such a charge where a savvy prosecutor can suddenly have a solid case put into his or her lap like a birthday present, for no good reason.
The role of an effective attorney in these matters is to understand every possible dimension of the charge, including the true nature of the alleged property stolen, when it was stolen, if it was actually stolen, who stole it, and why the state would look to the defendant.
The crime of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in New York is defined as a person who possesses property that was stolen, who knows that the property was stolen, and who intends to either personally benefit or provide the benefit to another, or who impedes recovery of the stolen object.