Receipt of Stolen Property

N.J.S.A. 2C:20-7

New Jersey Receipt of Stolen Property Law: N.J.S.A. 2C:20-7

Charges for receipt of stolen property in New Jersey are governed by N.J.S.A. 2C:20-7 which reads:

N.J.S.A. 2C:20-7. Receiving stolen property

a. Receiving. A person is guilty of theft if he knowingly receives or brings into this State movable property of another knowing that it has been stolen, or believing that it is probably stolen. It is an affirmative defense that the property was received with purpose to restore it to the owner. “Receiving” means acquiring possession, control or title, or lending on the security of the property.

b. Presumption of knowledge. The requisite knowledge or belief is presumed in the case of a person who:

(1) Is found in possession or control of two or more items of property stolen on two or more separate occasions; or

(2) Has received stolen property in another transaction within the year preceding the transaction charged; or

(3) Being a person in the business of buying or selling property of the sort received, acquires the property without having ascertained by reasonable inquiry that the person from whom he obtained it had a legal right to possess and dispose of it; or

(4) Is found in possession of two or more defaced access devices.

Penalties for Receipt of Stolen Property in New Jersey

The penalties for receipt of stolen property depend on the value of the merchandise involved. These grading penalties are the same as the New Jersey Shoplifting Statute. If the merchandise is valued over $75,000, this is a second degree crime. If the merchandise is worth over $500 but less than $75,000, this is a third degree crime. If the merchandise is worth at least $200 but less than $500, this is a fourth degree offense. Finally, if the merchandise is worth less than $200, this is a disorderly persons offense in New Jersey.

If you have been charged with receipt,  you can only make a well-informed decision about how to proceed after discussing your case with an attorney with the appropriate experience. If you would like to speak with me, call 1-732-845-3203 or e-mail Ray at to set up a consultation.

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