Legal Question in Criminal Law in Florida

my wife and i found a cell phone in a store and took it home, several weeks later the police came to our home asking about the cell phone apparently we gave it to a friend and the police stated we need to return the cell to them in 72 hrs. I got the cell and returned it and the detective stated we can still be prosecuted. My question is can my wife and I go to jail even though we retuned it?

Asked on 6/23/11, 2:23 pm

1 Answer from Attorneys

Craig Epifanio Craig Epifanio, P.A.

Yes you can. Theft only requires an intent to temporarily deprive the property of another. However, you may have a defense that the property was abandoned. What is most important is that you seek counsel immediately.

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Answered on 6/23/11, 4:14 pm

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