Columbus, GA asked in Criminal Law for Alabama

Q: After so long though doesn't pawn shop discard pawn records etc the item was taken to a pawn shop a few years ago

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Sheila Crumley Field
Sheila Crumley Field
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Licensed in Alabama

A: Pawn shops have been regulated by the state for fthe last four years. The police department’s have direct access to all items pawned on a daily basis. They usually have the investigators scanning the pawn shops for stolen merchandise on a daily basis. Once they find an item that has been reported stolen but pawned, they obtain an arrest warrant for the person who pawned it. And since you have to provide your drivers license it’s pretty hard to deny it was you that pawned it. But there are two charges here. Number one is Receiving stolen property for the item. And depending on how much value the owner paid for it, will depend on 1st, which is a value of $2500 or more, 2nd degree which is $1500 to 2500, 3rd degree which is 500 to 1500 and then 4th degree which is a misdemeanor and less than $500. The other charge is for theft by deception from the pawn shop. It’s for the money they paid you for the it, which is usually a misdemeanor. Again, felonies can be gotten for four years after the pawn. Hope this helps.. good luck!

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