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False Information to Pawn Broker

If you are charged with the very serious criminal offense of providing false information to a pawn broker or on a pawn broker form, then contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at the Sammis Law Firm. We represent clients on a variety of theft charges throughout Tampa and Hillsborough County, Florida. Call us for a free consultation on the phone or in the office today at 813-250-0500.

Florida Statute § 539.001(8)(b)8 - False Information to a Pawn Broker

Florida Statute § 539.001(8)(b)8 makes it a crime to provide false verification of ownership or false information of identification to a pawn broker. The statute provides for certain enhanced penalties if the value of the property subject to the false verification of ownership or false identification to a pawnbroker was valued at $300 or more.

Jury Instruction for False Information to a Pawn Broker

The standard jury instructions created in 2008 explains the elements of the crime this way:

To prove the crime of False Verification of Ownership or False Identification to a Pawnbroker, the State must prove the following three elements beyond a reasonable doubt:

  1. The Defendant sold or pledged good (as alleged in the charging document) to a to a pawnbroker.
  2. At the time, the Defendant knowingly gave:
    • false verification of ownership of the property alleged; or
    • false or altered identification to the pawnbroker.
  3. The Defendant received money from the pawnbroker for the property alleged that was sold or pledged.

See In re Standard Jury Instructions in Criminal Cases--Report No. 2007-5, 982 So. 2d 1160 (Fla. 2008).

Definitions Related to Charges of False Information to Pawn Broker

The statute provides for certain definitions related to the offense of false info on a pawn broker form.

  • “Pawnbroker” is defined to mean
    • any person who is engaged in the business of making pawns;
    • who makes a public display containing the term “pawn,” “pawnbroker,” or “pawnshop” or any derivative thereof; or
    • who publicly displays a sign or symbol historically identified with pawns.

Under the statutory definition, a pawnbroker may also engage in the business of purchasing goods which includes consignment and trade.

Finding a Tampa Attorney for False Information to Pawn Broker Charges

If you are charged with theft or more serious charges of dealing in stolen property or providing false information to a pawn broker, then contact an experienced attorney at the Sammis Law Firm. We represent clients charged with providing false information to a pawn broker in Tampa in Hillsborough County, FL, and the surrounding areas of New Port Richey and Dade City in Pasco County, and Clearwater and St. Petersburg in Pinellas County, FL.