Fencing is an odd legal term for the crime of dealing in stolen goods.
You primarily hear of fencing crimes in association with flea markets and pawn shops and that kind of establishment. Someone who “fences” is dealing in stolen goods. This can mean they are purchasing stolen goods, receiving stolen goods or are the vendor who is buying and selling stolen goods.
If you are accused of fencing, or dealing in stolen goods, the first phone call you should make is to criminal defense attorney Michael Anzalone. He will listen to you and decide how you should proceed when criminal charges are brought against you.
At The Anzalone Law Firm, we don’t judge. We’re here to help you get a positive outcome when your case goes before a judge. Or even before that, if you decide to plead guilty to lesser charges and get a suspended sentence.
Either way, your lawyer will be with you and help you understand the charges being pursued by prosecutors.
This can be a serious crime, depending on the circumstances.
If you’ve never been in trouble before, this can be a life-changing turn of events. You can lose your reputation in a heartbeat and could face heavy fines and you could possibly even face jail time.
So it’s not something that you’ll want to handle on your own. You need to have an experienced attorney on your case.
Our legal team will explain the charges to you, and encourage you to become familiar with the state statutes that outline the charges for dealing stolen property. It can be found at RSA 637:7.
The state of New Hampshire says that a person commits theft if he or she “receives, retains, or disposes of the property of another knowing that it has been stolen, or believing that it has probably been stolen, with a purpose to deprive the owner thereof.”
The penalties vary, again, depending on the kind and amount of stolen property being dealt.
If the value is under $1,000, the state considers this a Class A misdemeanor. Even a simple misdemeanor charge can wreck your life. This carries a penalty of up to a year in jail.
The more property involved the worse the penalty. For example, if it is worth between $1,000 and $1,500, it can become a Class B felony. This charge carries a jail term of between 3 ½ and 7 years in prison.
The charge can jump to a Class A felony if the value of any stolen goods is higher than $1,500. This is punishable by between 7 ½ and 15 years in prison.
Again, the penalty you receive depends on the circumstances of your case.
This is why you will want criminal defense lawyer Michael Anzalone working for you.
Never try to go to court alone, representing yourself. Prosecutors build their cases carefully and you will not stand a change going before a judge.
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