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Am I going to jail for storing stolen items?

My younger brother had been telling me and my wife for a long time that he was moving to the city. The other day, he asked if he could bring some stuff by and throw it in the basement. It turned out that the stuff was stolen and I got arrested for storing his stuff. They’re trying to charge me with receiving stolen property. Am I going to go to jail for this?

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    Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
    5005 Lapeer Rd
    Burton, MI 48509
    (810) 743-2960
    If you did not realize that the stuff was stolen then you are not guilty. Get a lawyer and fight the case.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan - Replied: 1/17/2013
    William L. Welch, III | William L. Welch, III Attorney
    111 South Calvert Street
    Baltimore, MD 21045
    (410) 385-5630
    Possession of stolen property is a crime, and it does carry different maximum penalties, depending on the value of it.
    Answer Applies to: Maryland - Replied: 1/17/2013
    Gregory Casale | Gregory Casale Attorney at Law
    316 Main St, Suite 400
    Worcester, MA 01608
    (508) 752-7500
    There are many ways to deal with the situation that you present that would NOT involve you going to jail. Of course I do not know what types of "property" we are talking about. Without knowing the value and nature of the property I cannot give you detailed expectations. However, I can tell you that you have options of explaining what happened (through your attorney!!) or remaining silent to protect your brother. Obviously there are consequences to both you and your brother depending on how you choose to proceed. If I were to represent you, I would first want to establish your position with respect to your brother. Once we established that, we could then decide on a course of action. The one thing that I can tell you now and without reservation, DO NOT SPEAK TO THE POLICE OR THE PROSECUTER without first speaking with an attorney. You could intend to explain that your brother scammed you and still incriminate yourself and your wife without meaning to. It is ALWAYS advisable to speak with an attorney before speaking with police. Most lawyers, in almost all cases, will tell you NOT to speak with the police anyway.
    Answer Applies to: Massachusetts - Replied: 1/15/2013
    Francis John Cowhig | Universal Law Group, Inc.
    430 S. Garfield Avenue
    Alhambra, CA 91801
    (626) 308-9936
    Your question requires an attorney consultation. It is not a simple question that can be answered on this type of forum. There are many factors that would need to be considered and evaluated. It is possible that you may be facing a lengthy jail sentence, even if you did not know that the items were stolen. I strongly suggest that you contact an experienced criminal defense attorney for a face-to-face consultation and give him/her all of the facts surrounding your arrest. He/she would then be in a better position to analyze your case and advise you of your options.
    Answer Applies to: California - Replied: 1/14/2013
    Patrick Owen Earl | Patrick Earl Attorney
    1334 S. Pioneer Way
    Moses Lake, WA 98837
    (509) 750-9921
    Sounds like you didn't know the stuff was stolen?? Did you?? If you did then yes you are looking at getting convicted of this crime and yes there is possible jail time. It isn't for sure. If you didn't know anything about these items being stolen and "shouldn't have known they were stolen due to common sense" then you have a good case and you should get an attorney and talk with him/her about this situation. Actually you need to have an attorney no matter what the situation you are in so that your rights are protected.
    Answer Applies to: Washington - Replied: 1/14/2013
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