Re: Buying stolen items and not knowing they were illegal
The way statutes regarding the receipt of stolen property tend to work is that the person receiving, transporting or transferring the property must have known or REASONABLY should have known that the items were stolen. The state will have to prove that given the circumstances your son knew or should have known the items weres stolen. A BIG clue would be if he purchased a couple $2,000 laptops for $500 or some such thing ... or, if they contained someone else's data, had "property of ..." stickers, etc.
At this point your son needs to "lawyer up" (i.e. be quiet) until he speaks to an attorney. Might he be arrested? Sure. But, an arrest is not a conviction. And if he truly was duped by this guy an attorney can best bring that out. Since he faces potential felony charges, he needs an attorney today ... well, Monday morning.
A Nor Cal Police Sergeant
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