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Can i go to jail for possessing a stolen item that i did not know was stolen?

Berlin, WI |

i didnt know it was stolen. i sold it on Craig'slist. and no longer possess it!

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Maybe. That is a very fact-specific question. If you have been charged, or are under investigation, you should consult an attorney and in the mean time you should discuss this situation with nobody else, should refuse to discuss it with the police, and should not post about it.

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The charge in Wisconsin is for receiving stolen property. It requires proof that you knew the item was stolen. However, that does not mean that you knew it was stolen; it means that there is evidence sufficient to convince a jury that you did.

The blunt answer to your question is: Yes, you can go to jail for this. You should not, but you can.

You should talk with a criminal defense lawyer about this. Not with police or detectives.

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You must first be convicted of a crime to run the risk of going to jail. Get a lawyer to help you to see if you can prevent this. If not the lawyer may be able to keep you out of jail anyway.

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