Charged with Receiving Stolen Property?

The crime of Receiving Stolen Property is a serious offense in Alabama that can result in heavy fines and jail time. Having said that, you should always hire an attorney to represent you in these cases. The statute reads as follows:

(a) A person commits the crime of receiving stolen property if he intentionally receives, retains or disposes of stolen property knowing that it has been stolen or having reasonable grounds to believe it has been stolen, unless the property is received, retained or disposed of with intent to restore it to the owner.

As you can see, the question with these types of cases is the Defendant’s knowledge or belief that the property is stolen. Quite frankly, I’m surprised these cases are not taken to trial more often. Receiving Stolen Property charges can be the result of an innocent transaction, such as buying goods at a flea market, or even buying a stereo from your neighbor. Purchasing goods online from sites such as Craigslist or even your local newspaper or pawn shop can turn out to be perilous as innocent as the transaction may be. In my opinion, it is not enough to charge someone with Receiving Stolen Property just because they happen to be in possession of the property. There must be some knowledge or a reasonable belief by the person in possession that the property is stolen. That can be a very subjective standard and a high threshold for the prosecutor to make. If you find yourself in a transaction that you feel is suspect, walk away or use due diligence and ask questions of the seller. They will always be happy to take your money and leave you holding the proverbial bag. If you are accused of Receiving Stolen Property in Alabama, contact and experienced attorney at The Nelson Law Firm at 205-994-3183 for a free case evaluation.

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Marijuana Trafficking Attorney in Alabama

Marijuana Trafficking in Alabama is a Class A felony in Alabama. What differentiates “possession” from “trafficking” is quantity. As you can see from the statute below, trafficking in marijuana is a serious offense. If you are arrested for marijuana trafficking in Alabama, call an experienced marijuana trafficking attorney at The Nelson Law Firm for a free initial consultation at 205-994-3183.

 
(1) Any person who knowingly sells, manufactures, delivers, or brings into this state, or who is knowingly in actual or constructive possession of, in excess of one kilo or 2.2 pounds of any part of the plant of the genus Cannabis, whether growing or not, the seeds thereof, the resin extracted from any part of the plant, and every compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of the plant, its seeds, or resin including the completely defoliated mature stalks of the plant, fiber produced from the stalks, oil, or cake, or the completely sterilized samples of seeds of the plant which are incapable of germination is guilty of a felony, which felony shall be known as “trafficking in cannabis.”  Nothing in this subdivision shall apply to samples of tetrahydrocannabinols including, but not limited to, all synthetic or naturally produced samples of tetrahydrocannabinols which contain more than 15 percent by weight of tetrahydrocannabinols and which do not contain plant material exhibiting the external morphological features of the plant cannabis.  If the quantity of cannabis involved:
a. Is in excess of one kilo or 2.2 pounds, but less than 100 pounds, the person shall be sentenced to a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of three calendar years and to pay a fine of twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000).
b. Is 100 pounds or more, but less than 500 pounds, the person shall be sentenced to a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of five calendar years and to pay a fine of fifty thousand dollars ($50,000).
c. Is 500 pounds or more, but less than 1,000 pounds, the person shall be sentenced to a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 15 calendar years and to pay a fine of two hundred thousand dollars ($200,000).
d. Is 1,000 pounds or more, the person shall be sentenced to a mandatory term of imprisonment of life without parole.

Hiring an experienced marijuana trafficking attorney is extremely important. Marijuana trafficking is a Class A felony. An experienced marijuana trafficking attorney can help prepare your defense, evaluate the facts and technicalities of your particular case. Hiring an experienced marijuana trafficking attorney can also help mitigate the consequences of a conviction. If you are in need of a marijuana trafficking attorney, call The Nelson Law Firm at 205-994-3183.