Tucson Trafficking in Stolen Property Attorney
Elias Damianakos is an experienced Tucson trafficking in stolen property attorney defending people charged with trafficking and related theft charges. Trafficking in stolen property is always a felony, and can be charged as either a class 2 felony or a class 3 felony. Typical scenarios involve selling or trading items that have been stolen. Sometimes trafficking in stolen property charges are charged along with felony burglary charges, so many of the defenses applicable to burglary would be involved here as well. The penalties are harsher if the person is involved in the organizing or managing of the theft and trafficking of stolen property.
A.R.S. § 13-2307 provides:
A. A person who recklessly traffics in the property of another that has been stolen is guilty of trafficking in stolen property in the second degree.
B. A person who knowingly initiates, organizes, plans, finances, directs, manages or supervises the theft and trafficking in the property of another that has been stolen is guilty of trafficking in stolen property in the first degree.
C. Trafficking in stolen property in the second degree is a class 3 felony. Trafficking in stolen property in the first degree is a class 2 felony.
Defenses to Trafficking in Stolen Property
The prosecution has to prove that a person was “reckless” is the selling or trading of stolen property. A successful defense against trafficking in stolen property would involve proving that a person did not know the property was stolen, or that the person has no knowledge of the origin of the property, and the property was legitimately purchased. I have successfully defended against all theft charges, including trafficking in stolen property cases. Call us for a free case evaluation and to speak with Elias Damianakos, an experienced Tucson trafficking in stolen property attorney.