Alexandria, VA asked in Criminal Law for Puerto Rico

Q: I am trying to find out what a charge of AGGRAVATED ILLEGAL APPROPRIATION from 2007 in Puerto Rico means

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Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Carolina, PR
  • Licensed in Puerto Rico

A: Good afternoon. This simply means illegal appropiation of goods. The alledged crime commited was theft without any violence to the victim. If the amount stolen was under one thousand dollars then it is a misdermenor (article 192 of the penal code) punishable by up to three months in jail, probation, house arrest or community services in addition to restitution of value of stolen goods. If the amount is over one thousand dollars dollars then it is a third degree felony (article 194 of the penal code) punishable by a minimum of three years and one day in jail to a maximum of eight years in jail . Unless the stolen property belongs to the Government the suspect would qualify for probation, house arrest or community services. In addition restitution must be made in both instances. If you need any additional information or assistance please contact me.

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