Can I be charged with theft of an item if I did not actually steal it? I did purchase a stolen item, but did not know it.

Asked about 1 year ago - Azle, TX

I was found in possesion of a stolen vehicle, but I did not know that it was stolen. It had a salvaged title. I have been charged with Theft 20k-100k.

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  1. Macy Michelle Jaggers

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    Answered . You can certainly be charged with it. It will be up to the state to try to prove the allegations. This case might lend itself to a grand jury presentation to try to prevent an indictment. If the grand jury rejects the case, it's over. When you're interviewing attorneys, ask them about this possibility.

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  2. Evan Edward Pierce-Jones

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    Answered . Charged and convicted are obviously different things. A prosecutor can usually get a grand jury to return an indictment on near any case presented. Whether it can be proven in court is another question. If you do not have a reputable criminal defense lawyer, you need to get one and to tell that lawyer what you say here.

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  3. Matthew Sercely

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    Answered . Even if you cannot be found guilty of Theft, possession of stolen property is also a crime if you knew about it. I would contact a Criminal attorney ASAP and look for any documentation- like a copy of the check you bought the car with hopefully- to prove you didn't steal it.

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