Receiving Stolen Property: California Penal Code 496 By Daniel Smith

Under PC 496 it is criminal to buy, sell, receive, conceal or withhold property that you know to be stolen. This means that even if you did not commit any theft crime but still take or hold property that you know to be stolen, you can be arrested and charged with a violation of PC 496.

PC 496 is a “wobbler” crime and as such can be charged as either a Misdemeanor or a Felony. This determination is made by the prosecuting agency, usually the City or District Attorney, and things such as the circumstances of the incident and any prior criminal history will be taken into account when making that determination.

If you are charged with receiving stolen property as a misdemeanor you face up to a year in jail, fines and possible restitution.

If you are charged with receiving stolen property as a felony you face up to 3 years in prison, fines and possible restitution. It is important to have an aggressive defense when charged with receiving stolen property as a felony conviction has a serious impact on your life and your livelihood.

If you or a loved one were charged with receiving stolen property and would like a free and confidential consultation with an experienced attorney, please call our office at (619)258-8888.