Receiving Stolen Property
Oklahoma law distinguishes several different charges related to the taking or attempted taking of property. Depending on the details of the case, a person may be charged with robbery, burglary, shoplifting, or larceny. However, even if you do not actually steal or take property from someone else, you can be convicted of criminal charges if you knowingly receive or purchase stolen goods. This can apply to:
- Money or merchandise
- Farm or construction equipment
- Dogs or other animals
What if I Didn’t Know it Was Stolen?
In order to demonstrate that you did not know the property was stolen, you must show proof that you made a “reasonable inquiry” into the legitimacy of the property.
Bringing Stolen Property into the State
In many cases, stolen goods are brought into Oklahoma from another state. Under our state’s laws, anyone who steals property in another state and brings it into ours can be convicted and punished just as if the goods had been stolen in Oklahoma.
Penalties for Receiving Stolen Goods
If found guilty of receiving stolen property, you could face a prison sentence of up to five years and a fine of up to $500. You will also have a felony conviction on your criminal record, which could lead to future consequences such as difficulty obtaining employment or educational opportunities.