Theft and Dealing in Stolen Property in Florida
Arrested? Facing charges that involve theft and stolen property? Florida Statute 812.025 states that you can not be adjudicated guilty (found guilty) on both charges. The Jury in a trial case, or the Judge in a plea bargain, must make a finding of whether the stolen property was for personal use or whether it was stolen with the intent to traffic in stolen goods. If you have been charged with theft and dealing in stolen property and the charges stem from the same act or occurrence then you can not be found guilty or plea to both charges. To do so is an illegal sentence. Hall v. State,826 So2d 268 (Fla 2002), Anucinski v. State of Florida.