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In Florida, Providing False Verification of Ownership to Pawnbroker is committed when you sell property to a pawnbroker and provide false verification that you own the property or otherwise have the authority to sell it.
 
This commonly happens when you pawn or sell stolen merchandise or other property.

Penalties for Providing False Verification of Ownership to Pawnbroker Charges

If the money received is less than $300, Florida law classifies the offense as a third degree felony punishable by up to:
  1. Five years in state prison;
  2. Five years of supervised probation;
  3. A $5,000 fine
If the money received is more than $300, Florida law classifies the offense as a second degree felony punishable by up to:
  1. Fifteen years in state prison;
  2. Fifteen years of supervised probation;
  3. A $10,000 fine

Defenses to Providing False Verification of Ownership to Pawnbroker Charges

In addition to factual defenses that would be raised at trial to show reasonable doubt as to the crime alleged, some common defenses to a Providing False Verification charge in Florida include:

The buyer was not a "pawnbroker" as defined under Florida law
The Florida definition of “Pawnbroker” is a person who is engaged in the business of making pawns; makes a public display containing the term “pawn,” “pawnbroker,” or “pawnshop”; or who publicly displays a sign or symbol historically identified with pawns.
 
If you did not provide the false verification to a “pawnbroker” as that term is defined under Florida law, you will have a defense to the Providing False Verification charge. However, it is important to remember that you may still have committed other crimes such as dealing in stolen property.

You did not "knowingly" provide false verification of ownership
Florida law requires that you knowingly provide false verification of ownership to be in violation of the law. If you were under the mistaken impression that you owned the property or had lawful authority to sell or pawn it, you may have a defense to a Providing False Verification charge in Florida.

Contact Orlando Criminal Defense Attorney Chris Kaigle if you’ve been charged with Providing False Verification to a Pawnbroker in Florida!
(407) 545-6416